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Monthly Archives: September 2009

David Gilmour – On An Island

 

This is an expanded edition of Gilmour’s 2006 DVD of material from a live AOL session. The DVD is a bit sterile, done in a studio with no audience, but the playing is superb. There are six cuts, all featuring Gilmour and band at the top (more…)

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Subdudes – Street Symphony

 

It’s a good thing the Subdudes decided to “put the band back together” in ’02. In this set of music, their first since Hurricane Katrina devastated their hometown of New Orleans, they touch on the many aftereffects and hit a lot of familiar themes. The music, (more…)

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Was (Not Was) – Boo

 

The brothers Was (okay, they’re not really brothers) are back after a layoff of almost 20 years. Not much has changed, and that’s a good thing. The 10 cuts here all “reek” of funk and soul, with odd lyrics and great musicianship. Supplying a great deal (more…)

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Various Artists – Best of Outlaw Country

 

The kind of disc essential to party DJs, Outlaw Country contains many cuts fans of this subgenre will already have. But it’s still worth a nod. Hearing Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” or Johnny Cash “Cocaine Blues” again may turn someone (more…)

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The Mother Truckers – Let’s All Go To Bed

 

Austin needs another talented guitar player and singer/songwriter like Texas needs more tornadoes, but when the Mother Truckers relocated from the Bay Area they were immediately embraced by the Live Music Capital of the World – less for their considerable chops and pipes than for the (more…)

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Kenny Neal – Let Life Flow

 

Kenny Neal’s new release is full of blues and soul music of the highest standard. In fact, “Fly Away” alone is worth the price of admission, with its soaring soul tune with beautiful strings, an incredible lyric about life and its aftermath, stunning guitar, and a (more…)

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Tony Rice – Night Flyer

 

The title is a bit misleading. Tony Rice has penned music and lyrics for a few songs (including the one that leads off this album), but the title refers to his interpretations of the work of other singer/songwriters – although “Wayfaring Stranger” is a traditional folk (more…)

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Josh Preston – Exit Sounds

 

A few years ago, Josh Preston laid down his electric guitar for the life of singer/songwriter. Once past the slightly offensive notion that this move speaks of contempt for the music that changed the world, it becomes clear he probably made the right move; if your (more…)

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Ken Will Morton – Devil in Me Kickin’ Out the Rungs

 

It’s hard for any artist to squeeze out one good album, much less two at once. It’s significant that Ken Will Morton hits more than he misses on these simultaneously released, but separately packaged, discs. Devil In Me covers his harder, White Stripes-type rocking side while (more…)

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Lawson Rollins – Infinita

 

Fusions of classical and flamenco guitar with rock and jazz have yielded interesting permutations for years – from Strunz & Farah to Ottmar Liebert to Rodrigo y Gabriela. Lawson Rollins’ first solo effort, following four albums with the duo Young & Rollins, featuring Daniel Young, doesn’t (more…)

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