Falls Church label Cue Records is going for beyond-the-Beltway exposure with its release of local guitarist Michael Fath’s Suspended Animation. The WAMA Hall of Famer, whose acclaim is due in part to years of manufacturer-sponsored teaching clinics and instructional videos, is supported on the instrumental album by bassist Dave Crigger and drummer Corey Holland. Though a different corporate entity, the label has some ownership overlap with Cue Studios, where Animation was recorded. Howard’s neo-doo-wopping chart-topper, Shai, recorded its breakthrough material there. Jim Ebert, who engineered those sessions, also turns knobs on Fath’s latest. Fath throws in the blazing scales and classical stylings that his headbanging followers have come to expect, and dazed-and-confuseders will doubtless appreciate his remake of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star.” The album is available at Sam Goody and Olsson’s, and by mail ($15, includes postage) from Cue Records, P.O. Box 7577, Arlington, VA 22207.

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