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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Jason & the Scorchers – Halcyon Times

Playground Music

It’s an unlikely story that cow-punk pioneers Jason and the Scorchers would be releasing an album in 2010. It’s even more unlikely, so early in the year, to say it may end up being one of the year’s best records. Original members Jason Ringenberg and Warner E. Hodges are the lynchpins for the great music […]

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Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame


Hailing from Philadelphia, Dr. Dog plays progressive rock in the best sense of the word. Time was, a lot of pop music felt like the song “Stranger,” where punchy rhythm guitars and layered vocals are the hallmarks of the song. Throw in bass lines reminiscent of Paul McCartney, and you get the idea. Each song […]

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Downchild – I Need A Hat

Linus Entertainment

Downchild is a Canadian blues band driven by blues maestro Donnie Walsh. Their new release is made up of originals written by Walsh that are tough and gritty in the best blues tradition, with stellar production.  Special guests include bluesman/celebrity Dan Aykroyd, blues-rocker Colin James, and Stax Records legend Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns. […]

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Pieta Brown – One and All

Red House Records

Following last year’s stripped-down Shimmer, with her new album, Pieta Brown returns to a more familiar sound with longtime guitarist and producer, Bo Ramsey. Brown is a wonderful songwriter. Mixing folk, country, rock, and a bit of blues, her work is full of wonderful imagery and moods. Here, Brown and Ramsey show a lot of […]

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Dan Tyminski – Wheels

Rounder Records

Even if you haven’t heard of Dan Tyminski, you’ve likely heard his music. His Grammy-winning version of “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” from the soundtrack O Brother Where Art Thou? garnered a ton of radio airplay. Few musicians can count on a lifetime gig, but Tyminski’s “day job” in Alison Krause’s Union Station […]

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D.A.D. – No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims

Wounded Bird Records

On their first major label release, the band formerly known as Disneyland After Dark (changed after a threatened lawsuit by the Disney Co.) was poised for a breakthrough in the U.S. with backing from Warner Brothers, and video in heavy rotation on MTV, and a melodic approach to metal that featured big guitars and no […]

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Kansas – Two for the Show: 30th Anniversary Edition


One iconic artifact of the late-’70s rock scene was the ubiquitous “double live album,” a marketing ploy usually timed for the Christmas rush, but one that also yielded much good music. Following the platinum successes of such hits as “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” prog icons Kansas followed the vinyl formula, […]

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John5 – Requiem

Adrenaline Records

His resume includes names like Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, but John 5 is not your typical shock-metal guitarist. In fact, much of his new DVD shows him running down country licks… in full goth-god makeup and regalia. But there’s no arguing his mastery of banjo rolls, behind-the-nut bends, pedal-steel bends, and chicken pickin’. Included […]

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Pat Metheny – Imaginary Day Live

Eagle Eye Media

A lot can transpire with Pat Metheny in 10 years, but it’s nice to be able to look back at this 1998 concert, filmed with multiple cameras and excellent sound at the gorgeous Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. Though the bulk of the material comes from the Metheny Group’s ’97 album, Imaginary Day, the band […]

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Sonny Landreth – From the Reach


Sonny Landreth records are typically gems, and this one is no exception. This time out, he has written songs for folks he admires, then invited them to play them with him; Eric Clapton, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Dr. John, Eric Johnson, Mark Knopfler, and Jimmy Buffett all contribute. The results are interesting, and at the […]

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