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Category Archives: Music

Ron Thompson

Son Of Boogie Woogie
 
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Ron Thompson has been a fixture in the San Francisco blues scene for more than 40 years. But rather than gaining visibility and rocketing to stardom like, say, Robben Ford, he patiently paid his dues in the trenches of ghetto clubs in decidedly (more…)

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Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Area Code 615, and more

Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City
Music City Rocks
 
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Nashville became a magnet for rockers when Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Gene Vincent recorded there in the ’50s, but the ’60s British Invasion and folk-rock boom also connected to the Nashville recording scene. Peter & Gordon paved the way, recording a country (more…)

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Tremonti

Cauterize
 
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Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti is at it again, this time enlisting the help of guitarist Eric “Erock” Friedman, drummer Garrett Whitlock, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Following up his first solo album All I Was, this new outing explodes with jackhammer rhythms and (more…)

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Sugarcane Jane

Dirt Road’s End
 
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There are enough examples of married-couple acts imploding or having one spouse drag the other down that there probably ought to be a warning sign, if not a law. But the debut duo album by Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford as Sugarcane Jane is enough (more…)

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Jethro Tull

Minstrel in the Gallery: 40th Anniversary: La Grande Edition
Masterwork Revisited
 
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Jethro Tull’s 1975 masterwork gets the deluxe box-set treatment with all the trimmings. Packaged in a hardbound book cover, the set includes remastered tracks (with that classic “green” Chrysalis label); a fresh live recording from Paris in ’75; and two discs of DVD-Audio material with (more…)

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Sly and the Family Stone

Live At The Fillmore East
Groovalicious Glory
 
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Long before short attention spans and the need to record an experience on your iPhone became more important than the experience itself, there was Sly and the Family Stone. It was a time of unrest and exploration. A time when music genres collided to form the (more…)

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Nashville Pussy

Ten Years of Pussy
 
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For heavy-rock fans complaining that nobody makes good music anymore, meet Nashville Pussy. This Atlanta-based band has been kicking ass since ’97. Creating a white-trash blend of AC/DC meets Lynyrd Skynyrd with a dash of ’70s Nugent, Nashville Pussy was formed by the husband-and-wife (more…)

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Ian Siegal

The Picnic Sessions
 
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This is what happens when you throw a bunch of talented musicians in a studio with no planning. Ian Siegal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cody and Luther Dickinson, and Jimbo Mathus basically just sat down in front of some mics and started doing songs. The result (more…)

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Otis Taylor

Hey Joe Opus Red Meat
 
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Anyone familiar with Otis Taylor’s work won’t be surprised by the hypnotic nature of his new record, featuring vocal numbers and instrumental interludes that all are seemingly connected. The classic title cut gets two different takes and they both are stunning. The first one, the record’s (more…)

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Muddy Waters & Friends, J.B. Hutto & His Hawks

Soundstage: Blues Summit In Chicago, 1974 and Hawk Squat
Keep The Blues Unvarnished
 
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If you never saw Muddy Waters in person, please don’t use the Soundstage DVD as a barometer. In fact, don’t buy it. In spite of the blues-star guests, the lackluster hour-long program never gets off the ground. Maybe the setting was just (more…)

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