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Valley Musicians Share Memories of 20 Favorite Hollywood Alley Shows

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Palace (1995) That was one of Steve Naughton's shows he promoted there as Medical [Presents]. And it wasn't really something that I had planned to see, but I wound up checking it out. And [Will Oldham] was great. Holy crap. It was just a man and his guitar. The whole crowd was mesmerized. -- Tom Reardon, bassist, Hillbilly Devilspeak/Pinky Tuscadero's WKAF/Father Figures

Dave and Deke Combo (1996) That was another great show. Incredible. Deke Dickerson, who's a big guitar nut, would break out all those old guitars of his, that double-necked Mosrite and whatnot. He's like the Rick Nielsen of the Americana world as far as guitars are concerned. He's just got a whole slug of 'em. And for me, just sitting there watching him pulling out all these different guitars and picking on 'em is just like, "Wow!" Stuff that you'd only just see pictures of before and to see one in the flesh, so to speak, was actually pretty cool. And Ross was really cool about doing stuff like that. These out-of-state touring acts that wouldn't have a place to play would contact him and he'd accommodate them. -- Dave Ramsey, owner, Truxton Records

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.