Author Archives: Dan Forte

Alan Jackson

Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story

This three-disc set should be subtitled “The Arista Years,” since it only spans the 20 years Jackson was with that label – the first artist signed to its country division. He followed in the steps of traditionalists like George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, and Randy (more…)

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Willie Holcomb and Danny Barnes

San Diego State Folk Festival, 1972 and Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later)

Prior to 1961, Roscoe Holcomb had never “performed,” as such. John Cohen of the New Lost City Rambler found him in Daisy, Kentucky, and drove him to his first concert, in Chicago that year. As Cohen states in the liner notes to this live (more…)

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Buddy Guy

Keeping the Blues Alive and Definitely Kicking

It was February 21, 2012. As part of the White House’s music series, “Red, White & Blues” featured a cavalcade of blues and blues-influenced greats including B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Keb’ Mo’, and guitar legend Buddy Guy. President Obama thanked the performers as they wrapped up the evening with […]

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Greg Olliver

Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty
Johnny's Blues

In an intimate scene in this DVD’s bonus features, after a short interview and solo slide performance at home (“Murdering Blues” on his ’64 Gibson Firebird V), Winter says, “I love playing guitar. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been really great at.” (more…)

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Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys featuring Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley

The Complete Jessup Recordings Plus!

Formed in 1946, the Stanley Brothers were the second bluegrass group, following Bill Monroe’s. But lead singer and rhythm guitarist Carter Stanley died in 1966 at age 41. Banjo-playing brother Ralph formed the Clinch Mountain Boys, and is still going strong at 89. In (more…)

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Charles Lloyd and the Marvels

I Long To See You

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that adding Bill Frisell to a project will yield great results. But teaming him with jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd was a master stroke, in large part because the sensibilities he brings are at least as important (more…)

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Domenic Priore

Riot On Sunset Strip: Rock’n’Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood
There’s A Riot Goin’ On

The mid ’60s will forever represent social change and upheaval, synonymous with civil rights, women’s liberation, the war in Vietnam, and the sexual revolution. But the biggest shift was the youth movement, boasting its own rock and roll soundtrack – from the Beatles (more…)

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Allen Toussaint

Life, Love And Faith/Southern Nights/Motion

Think of New Orleans rock and roll and R&B, and icons such as Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, the Meters, and the Neville Brothers come to mind. As songwriter, producer, arranger, or pianist, Allen Toussaint was involved with all of them. When (more…)

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Jack Bruce and the hr-Bigband

More Jack Than Blues
A Bass Legend And Much More

Jack Bruce was one of the most fascinating figures in rock and roll – although he preferred to be known as a jazz musician. As one-third of Cream (with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), the Scot changed the way the bass was viewed (more…)

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One Long Saturday Night
Honky Tonkin’

In the mid ’80s, bands like Jason and the Scorchers, Webb Wilder and (originally) the Beatnecks, and – well, not many others – chose Nashville to make their mark on roots rock. And while they didn’t become chart-toppers, they did shake things up. Meanwhile, (more…)

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