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Category Archives: Music

Laurence Jones

What's It Gonna Be
 
Laurence-Jones

Ostensibly a blues artist, on his latest disc Laurence Jones sounds more like hybrid blues-rock acts such as Foghat and, notably, the Jon Butcher Axis. Jones follows Rory Gallagher, Jack Bruce, and Peter Green working along that uniquely British arc of the blues, (more…)

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Dennis Jones

Both Sides of the Track
 
Dennis-Jones

Dennis Jones’ fifth album elevates his craft to new heights as he juxtaposes an arsenal of blues, rock, and funk with visceral production values. The genre is contemporary blues, and Jones plays serious guitar with the heart of a bluesman and the soul (more…)

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Alan Jackson

Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story
 
Alan-Jackson

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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Vince Gill

Down To My Last Bad Habit
 
Vince-Gill

In the four years since his Guitar Slinger album, Vince Gill kept busy producing others, recording an album with the Time Jumpers and a Bakersfield tribute with pedal steeler Paul Franklin. This time, working with Franklin, other Nashville guitarists and Willie Weeks on (more…)

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Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Luther Dickinson, and others

God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson
Falling Out And Hollerin’
 
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Blind Willie Johnson – the Texas preacher, slide guitarist, and gospel singer – may seem a tough artist to pay homage to in a tribute album. His music is so singular, so extraordinary that it defies characterization. The only hope? (more…)

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Al Di Meola

Elysium
 
Al-De-Meola

Throughout his 40-year career, Al Di Meola has worked in several different styles, the common denominator being Latin music. On this new album, he delves into what might be termed his “World Sinfonia” style, based on his Latin-world group of the past (more…)

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Willie Holcomb and Danny Barnes

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

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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Alan Ravenscroft

The Ritchie Blackmore Story
 
Ritchie-Blackmore

This rockumentary delves into the career of the enigmatic Deep Purple guitar hero, from his early ’60s session work through Deep Purple, Rainbow, and recent work with Blackmore’s Night. Beer in hand, Ritchie is interviewed extensively, offering his typically dour, but amusing takes (more…)

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Howard Massey

The Great British Recording Studios
Recording History
 
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Recording studios comprise the secret history of rock and roll, those clandestine lairs where many of the greatest albums of our lifetimes were recorded. If you’re an avid liner-notes reader, you already know most of the greatest British studios by heart: Abbey Road (more…)

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Groove Legacy

Groove Legacy
 
Groove-Legacy

Groove Legacy is a group of L.A. musicians who have banded together to make an album in the soul/jazz/funk vein that harkens back to the ’70s, but still sounds vibrant and current. It was all started by saxophonist Paul Cerra, keyboardist Bill Steinway, (more…)

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