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New ZT Lunchbox Junior Amp

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ZT Amplifiers has announced the release of the newest member of the ZT Lunchbox family of amplifiers, the Junior.  It's even smaller and lighter than the ZT Lunchbox, weighing in at a mere 5 pounds, or half the weight.  The Junior is also smaller than the ZT Lunchbox making it truly lunchbox size at just 6.5" x 7.75" x 5.5" inches with a 5" speaker that puts out 35 watts and peaks at 80 watts.  The Junior can also run on 12V current, making it suitable for use on a boat or RV.  

I've got a ZT Lunchbox that I keep in the trunk of my car for whenever I need a portable amp.  While the tone of the Lunchbox is not exactly a tube amp, it's a nice clean sound and when coupled with an overdrive pedal it can be quite versatile.  I'm looking forward to checking out the Junior and putting it to the test.  With a street price of around $150, the Junior looks to be a great addition to the ZT Lunchbox series.


Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones

In 1981, as The Rolling Stones toured the US, they stopped by Buddy Guy's club in Chicago to see Muddy Waters.  They ended up joining Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and others on stage and the result is captured in the DVD Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge.  While long available as a bootleg VHS tape, this is the firs time this performance is available from a first generation copy.  While some portions of the show are pretty loose, some portions are incredibly tight.  And it's amazing to see this band playing in a "juke joint" with the tables jammed right up against the stage.

It's a fascinating inside look at just how much the great British Bands owed a debt to American blues legends.  Eagle Rock has released several more live DVDs of The Rolling Stones in the 1970s as well as titles featuring Gary Moore, Pink Floyd, and The Raconteurs.