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John Del Toro Richardson

Tengo Blues
 
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With this Tex-Mex flavored blues album co-produced with Anson Funderburgh, another fine Texas blues guitarist, John Del Toro Richardson hits his stride. Think Los Lobos with the blues to Latino style ratio in reverse. Richardson even sounds a little bit like Lobos vocalist (more…)

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Lucinda Williams

The Ghosts of Highway 20
Ghost Stories
 
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From Bobby Troup’s “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” to Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” and more, the roads we’ve traveled have inspired our music. Enter U.S. Highway 20, stretching 1,500 miles across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and points beyond; Lucinda Williams calls (more…)

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Supersonic Blues Machine

West of Flushing South of Frisco
 
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Lance Lopez is a pentatonic-playing guitar monster who deserves a higher profile in the music world. His sinewy blues-rock tone and phrasing will leave you dazed and humble. He’s joined forces with bassist Fabrizio Grossi and veteran drummer Kenny Aronoff to form (more…)

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Robert Trujillo and Others

Jaco
Bassman
 
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A brave and powerful film, Jaco documents the life of fusion bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius. Yet by its end, you will realize that Pastorius transcended such simple terms as “jazz-rock” and “electric bass.” The two-hour DVD (and bonus disc) covers his musical youth in (more…)

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The Cactus Blossoms & The Pines

You’re Dreaming & Above the Prairie
Old Souls
 
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These two albums are stunning collections of country and folk music taking different forks in the gravel road. The Cactus Blossoms is an all-new batch of old-souled country, whereas the Pines delve into ancient themes with a uniquely modern voice. The Cactus Blossoms (more…)

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The Who

Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 Live In Hyde Park 50 Years: The Official History
 
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  If you’ve been feeling low on the Who, there’s a cornucopia of new releases, from video to music to an official book authored by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. And if that isn’t enough, their 50th Anniversary tour is on (more…)

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Wes Montgomery

One Night in Indy
 
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There’s not a lot more that can be said about Wes Montgomery that hasn’t already been said. But new recordings keep surfacing, almost demanding more superlatives about his playing. Suffice it to say that he’s one of the most-loved jazz guitarists ever, and (more…)

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Josh Smith

Over Your Head
 
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Josh Smith takes the soul stylings that marked his earlier work and puts it on the back burner here. In its place is a return to his first love – high-octane, supercharged blues-rock. The nuanced R&B influence of Bobby Blue Bland has been (more…)

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The Grateful Dead

Fare Thee Well
 
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The hubbub over the Dead’s final runs of shows has finally quieted down, only to be replaced by the expected array of video and sound recordings of the events. And the various packages are equally monumental in scope, from the basic three-CD, (more…)

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BR5-49

One Long Saturday Night
Honky Tonkin’
 
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In the mid ’80s, bands like Jason and the Scorchers, Webb Wilder and (originally) the Beatnecks, and – well, not many others – chose Nashville to make their mark on roots rock. And while they didn’t become chart-toppers, they did shake things up. Meanwhile, (more…)

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