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The Bellfuries

Workingman’s Bellfuries
Blue-Collar Cool

Just as rockabilly back in the ’50s was largely a regional phenomenon, many of the best bands today remain local heroes. Witness Austin’s Bellfuries, with guitar man Mike Molnar. The band’s debut was the stellar ’01 album Just Plain Lonesome, featuring “Your Love (All That (more…)

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The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson

Meet Me In Bluesland

It’s hard to believe these recordings have been around since 2003 and are only now seeing the light of day. What started as Johnnie Johnson showing up to play on some Kentucky Headhunter (more…)

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The Pretty Things

The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course)

England’s Snapper Records recently released the ultimate retrospective of the Pretty Things, purveyors of “thrash R&B” (to quote lead singer Phil May) and psychedelia. Featured in July ’15’s “Check This Action,” it weighs six and a half pounds and includes remastered CDs (more…)

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Various Artists

Muddy Waters 100

Guitarists John Primer and Billy Flynn, bassist Felton Lewis, and drummer Kenny “Beady Eyes” Smith are part of an aggregation that’s long worked for the preservation and perpetuation of Chicago blues. That core gives this tribute disc continuity, letting guests who actually (more…)

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Meet Me In Bluesland
Hunting Heads

The term “holy grail” is overused these days, but stop the presses anyway – this is the holy grail of Yes concert records. Composed of live tapes from the fall of ’72 and lost for decades, Progeny offers seven complete Yes shows from the (more…)

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The Rolling Stones

Sticky Fingers Deluxe Edition and From the Vault: The Marquee Clube Live in 1971
Dead Flowers Bloom Again

If you ever forget how good the Rolling Stones really were back in their heyday, the new edition of Sticky Fingers with outtakes and live recordings and this live shot from the Marquee Club should set things right all over again. (more…)

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Alan Jackson

Angels And Alcohol

Following his 2013 bluegrass album, Alan Jackson returns to his usual format, in this case, 10 songs of varying topics and moods. Seven are Jackson originals (no collaborators) covering matters of the heart, drinking, spirituality, and philosophy. Vocally, he remains as consistent as (more…)

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Laura Orshaw

Songs Of Lost Yesterdays
What’s Old Is Still Alive and Lively

It’s refreshing to hear a young female playing fiddle and singing bluegrass and old-time music who is not yet another Alison Krauss wannabe. Not to take anything away from Krauss – her iconic position is well-deserved. But we already have one Alison Krauss; (more…)

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Joshua Breakstone

2nd Avenue

Joshua Breakstone’s latest is another chance for the guitarist to use his cello quartet. Yes, it’s Breakstone on guitar, bassist Lisle Atkinson, drummer Andy Watson, and Mike Richmond on cello for four of the cuts. No matter the make-up of the band, though, (more…)

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Dale Watson

Call Me Insane

What is there not to love about Dale Watson? He flies the flag for real country music in a day and age when real country isn’t accepted by country radio. His latest is the same hot-and spicy mix of honky-tonk, western swing, rockabilly and (more…)

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