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Tom Feldmann

Delta Blues & Spirituals
Old Blues with New Soul
 
Tom-Feldmann

Everyday you hear someone who claims to have the blues. But if you’re going to revive the old songs once again for the umpteenth time, you better have something new to add. Tom Feldmann is based in a small Minnesota town of white picket fences, Lutheran (more…)

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The Mavericks

Mono
Lightning In A New Bottle
 
The-Mavericks

After their acclaimed 2014 comeback album In Time and a successful tour, the Mavericks wasted no time creating a followup effort continuing the eclectic sounds, original material, and powerful performances that began in ’91 with their self-released first album. Singer-songwriter Raul Malo, who recorded a number (more…)

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Steve Earle

Terraplane
 
Steve-Earle

The title, inspired by Robert Johnson’s immortal “Terraplane Blues,” says it all. Here’s Earle’s homage to the blues: 11 original, personal songs bathed in honest, authentic arrangements inspired by various vintage styles. “Baby Baby Baby (Baby)” has the loping feel of a Jimmy Reed shuffle. The (more…)

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Detlef Schmidt

Keith Ferguson: Texas Blues Bass
Girls Go Wild
 
Keith-Ferguson

Some among the cognoscenti argue that there are two bassists in the blues world that define the genre – Chess mastermind Willie Dixon on the upright and Keith Ferguson on electric. This illustrated book, complete with a gallery of Ferguson’s basses and musical notations of his (more…)

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Sean Costello

In the Magic Shop
Gold Standard
 
Sean-Costello

Before he died from an accidental overdose in 2008, Sean Costello and his trademark Gibson Les Paul goldtop made some fine records that showed a young bluesman growing in leaps and bounds. This new release, recorded in 2005 and never released, displays a young musician looking (more…)

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Pink Floyd and Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Endless River and Live at Hammersmith
 
Australian-Pink-Floyd

It’s not easy being a Floyd fan in 2015. The band’s best work lies 40 years in the past, yet there are still choices to be made. First up is their latest – and likely final – studio album, The Endless River, a mostly instrumental affair (more…)

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Eric Gales

Good For Sumthin'
 
Eric-Gales

Eric Gales is a disciple of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Johnson. Yet this new CD is a soul album, filled with hot licks. Finally breaking away from Mike Varney’s meat-and-potatoes production style, Gales joins Grammy winning producer and recording (more…)

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Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear
Upping The Ante
 
Father-John-Misty

In 2012, Josh Tillman, former drummer of the much-lauded Fleet Foxes, released his first album as Father John Misty. Presenting tales of Laurel Canyon excess, narcissism, and self-loathing, Fear Fun was itself a highly pleasing indulgence, in part because it was often difficult to discern (more…)

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Jerry Lee Lewis and Rick Bragg

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story and Rock & Roll Time
The Killer and His Axemen
 
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Wilco

Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014
Roger That
 
Wilco-band

Tough to believe it’s been two decades since Jeff Tweedy reluctantly took the remains of the critically adored but ultimately doomed alt-country standard-bearers Uncle Tupelo and laid down roots for a Chicago-based band he would dub Wilco. Tough to believe, that is, until one takes in the (more…)

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