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Peppino D’Agostino, Stef Burns: Bayshore Road

That especially pungent cheese known as guitar wankery, whose smell is ubiquitously generated in Guitar Centers around the nation by jean-shorts-clad ax-slingers auditioning news ways to impress commission-hungry salesman, can be sampled in great stinking chunks throughout Bayshore Road. This acoustic-meets-electric CD is a collaboration between fingerstyle stalwart Peppino D’Agostino and Stef Burns, former six-stringer for hair metal mavens Y&T. Session man is as session man does, and since Burns has played heavily supporting others-including the pop-appeal likes of Alice Cooper, Pablo Cruise and, ahem, Michael Bolton-it’s not often his Stratocaster ever emotes a genuinely personal phrase.

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