Monthly Archives: May 2004

Johnny Winter – The Best of Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter was such an important guitarist when he hit the national scene in 1969, it's a shame his discography has become so littered...

The Hellecasters – Essential Listening Volume 1

I'm sure it's the same for everyone. You have certain players and bands that just can do no wrong. It's that way...

Jim Hall – Storyteller

I guess a review of this could just say "He's the master," and leave it at that. But that wouldn't be fair to...

Merle Haggard – Roots, Vol. 1

Norm Stephens isn't a household name, even to country music fans who have no doubt heard his guitar playing. But to Merle Haggard,...

Ian and Silvia – The Complete Vanguard Studio Recordings

I suppose some husband-and-wife singing duos were more influential than Ian and Silvia, but I'm hard-pressed to think of any. Their combined voices...

Dan Bern – New American Language

Dan Bern must be prescient. The songs on his new CD elaborate on the new social American landscape post-September 11 with eerie accuracy. For...

Marc Antoine – Cruisin’

Antoine is a fine acoustic guitarist who has developed a style rooted in smooth jazz, but is always pretty interesting. In fact, Antoine,...

John Hiatt

Over the past three decades, John Hiatt has emerged as one of America's most inventive songwriters, covering the genres of rock, blues, acoustic, folk,...

Alison Brown Quartet – Replay

Acoustic jazz is one of those "difficult" musical categories that doesn't get much attention. Most jazz fans won't take seriously anything that lacks...

The Band – Rock of Ages and Islands

These two late albums by The Band need little introduction. By the time they were originally released - Rock of Ages in '72...
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