WOODSTOCK SKYLINE BY STEVE MATTEO

WOODSTOCK SKYLINE BY STEVE MATTEO

Woodstock Skyline by Steve Matteo - When music f...

THE BLUES, WHY IT STILL HURTS SO GOOD - MARIE TROUT, PHD

THE BLUES, WHY IT STILL HURTS SO GOOD - MARIE TROUT, PHD

THE BLUES, WHY IT STILL HURTS SO GOOD - MARIE TR...

RADIO TOP TEN SONGS FOR 2016 FROM JEFF MUNGER

RADIO TOP TEN SONGS FOR 2016 FROM JEFF MUNGER

RADIO TOP TEN SONGS FOR 2016

For our radio Top ...

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

BETH HART - FIRE ON THE F...

BETH HART - FIRE ON THE FLOOR

Beth Hart (from the album Fire on the Floor)

A snare snap, cool piano riffs, and a count of 1,2,3 draw the stage curtains open for Fire on the Floor as Beth Hart finds the center spotlight to describe the backdrop of the recent release with “Jazz Man”. The tune opens Fire on the Floor, Beth introducing the players (‘every hound in the band’s gotta sound’), their groove (‘they run it down like a cat in a hole’), and how they make it happen (‘the ...

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ROSE COUSINS - NATURAL CO...

ROSE COUSINS - NATURAL CONCLUSION

Rose Cousins (from the album Natural Conclusion)

A winter chill still claims the north in the Americas, and the darkness cast on the land from the skies above seeps into the mood and tone of Natural Conclusion, the recent release from Halifax, Nova Scotia citizen, Prince Edward Island-native Rose Cousins. The Joe Henry produced album hears Rose Cousins voice rise up with “Freedom” as somber chords and rhythms roll across the track. Piano notes usher in the sonic stretches of &ldqu...

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OTIS GIBBS - MOUNT RENRAW

OTIS GIBBS - MOUNT RENRAW

Otis Gibbs (from the album Mount Renraw)

A small group celebrated Otis Gibbs’ birthday. Gathered with Otis in his living room were producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz and fiddler Justin Moses, and together the three recorded the latest Otis Gibbs release, Mount Renraw, in one day. The title comes from the nickname Otis has given the East Nashville home he shares with his partner, Amy Lashley. Mount Renraw is decorated with artwork from Otis and the stories he has collected from his years of t...

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NEW VIDEO FROM THE ETHER

THE BAND OF HEATHENS - GR...

A musical history is given in smoke rings with “Green Grass of California”. The track is from the recent release from The Band of Heathens, Duende. The Austin, Texas band follow marijuana from counter culture dealing to over-the-counter purchases.

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TAJ MAHAL AND KEB' MO' - ...

Two generations of American Folk/Blues masters join forces as Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ release Tajmo on May 5, 2017 through Concord Records. A sneak listen to the upcoming release is given through the lyric video for “Don’t Leave Me Here”.

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PI JACOBS - GOOD THINGS

Adding to her ‘Americana Bluesy Rock thing’, Los Angeles, California-based singer/songwriter Pi Jacobs brings in Bluegrass for her recent release, A Little Blue. Pi Jacobs sings of the “Good Things” that music provides as she doubles on guitar and drum beats.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

ROMANTICA - SHADOWLANDS

ROMANTICA - SHADOWLANDS

Romantica (from the album Shadowlands available on Last Chance Records)

Romantica has traveled through the proverbial wilderness- the Shadowlands- since their acclaimed 2007 album "America". In the band's press release, Shadowlands is presented as a musical Resurrection, and a needed piece to resurrection is a death. Frontman Ben Kyle confronted a possible musical death with a lengthy debilitating health ordeal eventually determined to be a mold-related biotoxin illness. Adding to medical hur...

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TRAVIS LINVILLE - UP AHEA...

TRAVIS LINVILLE - UP AHEAD

Travis Linville (from the album Up Ahead)

An open letter to love and the many paths it can take is penned by Travis Linville as he describes “Finding My Way” on the track from his recent album release, Up Ahead. The theme could be a template for Up Ahead as Travis strums with an easy confidence on the title track, admitting that he is comfortable with his world view and advising to stay happy as long as your heart is pounding. Travis Linville counts “Two Times the Fool&rdquo...

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PATTY REESE - LET IN THE ...

PATTY REESE - LET IN THE  SUN

Patty Reese (from the album Let in the Sun)

Patty Reese has a near-perfect blend of twang and torch on the Country Blues of Let in the Sun, the latest release from the Washington, D.C.-based musician. Let in the Sun throws its doors open on first track “Is It Too Late for Me?” as the songs struts into the album asking to be set free. Patty Reese says of the release that ‘This collection of songs is an honest representation of who I am, where I come from, and where my heart i...

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FROM THE VAULTS

THE DEL-LORDS - FRONTIER ...

THE DEL-LORDS - FRONTIER DAYS

The Del-Lords (from the album Frontier Days) - They took their name from Del Lord, director of early Three Stooges short films, and the plan was to create a band with four singers, like an east coast Beach Boys. That model was filtered through lower East Side grit, and backed by a foursome that included The Dictators’ rhythm guitarist Scott Kempner (guitar), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts lead guitar Eric ‘Roscoe’ Ambel (guitar) , Frank Funaro (drums) and Manny Caiati (bass). ...

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JESSE WINCHESTER - CHOICE...

JESSE WINCHESTER - CHOICES

 

 

Living with choices. For many of us, making a decision requires us to weigh the options first. At other times, circumstances put their fingers on the scale to tip the direction. In the 1960's, military service was the “trickle down” theory. If you were an inner city kid or from a low income family, with no chance of college money, you were on a fast track to Southeast Asia. For college kids, you stayed in school.

Jesse Winchester graduated college in 1966, which ma...

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CAROLYN WONDERLAND - PEAC...

CAROLYN WONDERLAND - PEACE MEAL

Carolyn Wonderland - Peace Meal - Carolyn Wonderland has a confidence in her playing that gives her a foot up on the blues ladder. Yes, Carolyn is a good songwriter with vocals that can roar in a whisper, and she is one A list guitarist. Listening to Carolyn on her latest release, Peace Meal, I get the feeling that the first fan she needs to please is the one behind the guitar and voice, Carolyn Wonderland. The daughter of a band singer, Carolyn picked up her Mom’s Martin at an early age...

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MAKING THE LIST

TEN REASONS WE LIKE DUANE...

TEN REASONS WE LIKE DUANE ALLMAN

Duane Allman was gone before the music he made took over the world. The brothers Allman, Duane and younger brother Gregg, were from Macon, GA. Gregg got a guitar first but Duane learned quicker. The brothers went to Nashville for summers to visit grandma, seeing B.B. King and soaking up sound. As time went on Duane immersed himself in the guitar, quitting the high school to stay home during the days and learn his instrument. The brothers formed The Allman Joys moving the band to Nashville then...

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TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEONA...

TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEONARD COHEN  (1934 - 2016)

Top Ten Reasons We Love Leonard Cohen (9-21-34 to -11-7-16)

The written words of Leonard Cohen came from the pen of a man who considered himself a poet and novelist. His writings began in the 1950’s and kept Leonard behind a typewriter until Folk music became the vehicle for his art. Leonard Cohen moved to NYC to work as a musician, playing live at the urging of Judy Collins, who had a hit with “Suzanne” from his first recording, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967). The words of L...

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TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEON ...

TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEON RUSSELL

Top Ten Reasons We Love Leon Russell (4-2-42 to -11-13-16)

The keyboard work and vocals of Leon Russell put the Oklahoma musician on the radio under his own name though his true work in the music industry was backing other artists on stage and studio. Leon began playing in a band at fourteen years old with his band The Starlighters. Alongside other Tulsa, OK teens such as J.J. Cale, Chuck Blackwell, Leo Feathers, and Johnny Williams, the group was influential in tin 1958, becoming a member in...

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