Monthly Archives: April 2008

Nick Russo +11 – Ro


Nick Russo’s Ro is not an easy listen, but it sure is rewarding once you’re able to digest it. It’s somewhat indescribable; one could point out how it’s got hard-swinging post-bop, some free jazz, some middle-eastern music, and even a song with Russo on tenor banjo (more…)

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Dave Alvin – West of the West


Dave Alvin is one of America’s best songwriters, and as such runs the risk of alienating casual fans when he does an album of covers. But then again, maybe not… The idea with his newest disc, West of the West, is to pay tribute to songwriters from (more…)

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Tom Rush – How I Play My Favorite Songs


On this vid, Tom Rush demonstrates what makes his playing so special. His teaching style is perfect for beginning acoustic guitarists who haven’t had much experience with capos. He knows how to break a song down so you can work on the smallest details. And again, (more…)

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Jimmy McIntosh – Orleans to London


At first glance, this record appears odd for a first-call player in Las Vegas. But the title says it all. Not only does it signify where parts of the record were recorded, it also points to the players and the music as McIntosh is joined by (more…)

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King Earl Boogie Band – Loaded & Live


England’s Dave Peabody, this quintet’s frontman, is usually found performing acoustic solo blues or in tandem with pianist Bob Hall, but is also an excellent photographer and music journalist. But there’s nothing academic about this spirited live outing; this is music to stomp and dance and (more…)

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Pine Mountain Railroad – Alone with Forever


In a world where everything is at our fingertips, anyone with access to the internet can instantly listen to original recordings by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Stanley Brothers, Osborne Brothers, Red Foley, or Doc Boggs. For new bands, this plethora of original material means that (more…)

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Joan Osborne – Breakfast in Bed


In other hands, Osborne’s penchant for jumping from genre to genre could peg her as a dilettante. But she’s just so good at everything she tackles – her 2006 Nashville CD, Pretty Little Stranger, touring with the Dead, fronting Motown’s Funk Brothers – you can’t wait (more…)

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NRBQ and the Whole Wheat Horns – Derbytown: Live ’82


NRBQ is one of the most underappreciated bands in rock and roll history, and even this poorly-shot live show from 1982 does not change that. In fact, despite the grainy appearance, odd angles, and overall amateurish approach here, this is a must-have. The beauty of NRBQ is (more…)

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Dolly Parton – My Tennessee Mountain Home


If the first songs that come to mind when you think of Dolly Parton are “Two Doors Down” and “9 to 5,” you need to pick up these albums – all three of them. Dolly had already recorded a stack of albums and even had her own (more…)

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April 2008


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