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Paul Burch

Meridian Rising
Blue Yodelin'

Meridian, Mississippi, was Jimmie Rodgers’ birthplace and the starting point for Paul Burch’s “imagined musical autobiography” of the Father of Country Music. In these 20 songs and musical interludes, he draws a rich, vibrant portrait of Rodgers that’s a worthy companion to the (more…)

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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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David Gilmour

Rattle That Lock

This is David Gilmour’s fourth solo album – although some argue that the last three Pink Floyd albums (recorded without Roger Waters) were ostensibly Gilmour solo sets. Floyd or not, this record captures Gilmour’s brand of serene rock and ballads, and works on (more…)

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Laurence Jones

What's It Gonna Be

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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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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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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John Abercrombie

The First Quartet

John Abercrombie is one of our unsung heroes of jazz-rock, and this gorgeous three-CD reissue amply proves it. His Quartet recorded three albums from 1978 to ’80, all included here: Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet, and M. The foursome plays the kind of graceful fusion (more…)

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That title – copped from the name of the storytelling gal in Arabian Nights – begs some pithy comparison between Scheherazade’s beguiling tales and the manner in which Catherine Irwin and Janet Beveridge Bean continue to beguile fans more than a decade after their (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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