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Review: Steve Gunn celebrated the release of Time Off at Johnny Brenda’s

After set opener “Trailways Ramble” came to a stirring close at his Time Off record release show on Saturday night, Steve Gunn asked the crowd gathered at Johnny Brenda’s if the volume was “Black Sabbath” enough.  And though the Brooklyn-based guitarist was likely joking, he has more in common with the heavy metal pioneers than just a new album.  Like the Birmingham trio, Gunn is a master of longevity.  His fifteen-year career, now marked by many strong releases with a variety of collaborators, began in high school hardcore bands that were probably influenced by Ozzy and his crew to some degree.  But unlike the metal rockers, Gunn is a musical chameleon; he works not so much within the framework of a genre as he does around the capabilities of an instrument – and in his case that instrument is a guitar. Continue reading →