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Category Archives: Music

Jinx Jones

Twang-Tastic!
 
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Whether navigating rockabilly, swing, or hardcore country, Jinx Jones puts on a fiery guitar display that leaves you breathless. The reverb-drenched twang of “Metalflake Sky” is a surf-music delight featuring blistering chromatic runs. The boogie of “Nothing Left To Burn” gives Jones a chance (more…)

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Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Mud Boy and the Neutrons, and more

Beale Street Saturday Night
 
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These days, Memphis’ Beale Street is a blues-lover’s Disneyland in all the worst ways. It’s been sanitized and sanctified, then thoroughly commercialized. Once upon a time, however, it was the “home of the blues,” as Memphis was officially – if somewhat dubiously – (more…)

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Scott Henderson

Vibe Station
 
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The latest from Scott Henderson brings more of what we’ve come to expect from the Stratmaster – his usual liquid tone, great chops, and masterful writing are all on full display. Henderson showcases his unique sound starting with the opener, “Church Of Xotic (more…)

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Jim Campilongo

Last Night, This Morning
Hillbilly Twang
 
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Jim Campilongo plays the kind of grownup guitar that makes the rest of us want to put aside our childish noodlings and play something with substance. Drawing from the good stuff, Campilongo is known for crafting a pastiche of western swing, blues, country, (more…)

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Richard Bennett

Contrary Cocktail
 
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Richard Bennett works with a jazzman’s precision and taste, a swing player’s cool, and a rockabilly’s sense of urgency and fun. As a songwriter of guitar-centric instrumentals, his songs are visually as well as emotionally evocative, flowing out of your speakers in Technicolor. The (more…)

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The Sonics

This Is The Sonics
Sonics Boom Again
 
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Sometimes, your memory of a favorite band is so locked in – and possibly blown out of proportion – that a reunion can’t possibly live up to its former self (or yours). And we’ve all seen So-and-So and The Such-and-Suches, with one toupéed original (more…)

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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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Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
 
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Multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell is the consummate hired gun. He picked his licks as part of Bob Dylan’s eight-year-long Never Ending Tour, led the Levon Helm Band’s Midnight Rambles, and served as a sideman with Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, and many (more…)

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The Cash Box Kings

Holding Court
Blues Mission
 
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The Cash Box Kings are on a mission. This hard-working ensemble is committed to keeping the spirit of 1940s and ’50s Chicago blues alive and well. Their style and sound is gloriously retro, with an inspiring eloquence and grace to their (more…)

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