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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Bibb: The Happiest Man In The World

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Like his mentor Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb plays and sings acoustic country blues in praise of the simple things in life. He doesn't go in for flashy solos or what used to be called “the old moody." His career spans five decades and this is 36th album. In “Prison of Time," the best, most heartfelt song on it, he sings: “One day becomes another / So quickly, I'm left behind." His songs are superbly well crafted and ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Josh White: Josh At Midnight

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The pioneering music of singer/guitarist Josh White is a reflection of American history throughout the 20th century; his songs depicting racial, social, and political situations during his turbulent lifetime. With a career spanning five decades, White hit the road at age eight as a guide for blind blues musicians. In 1928, age fourteen, he signed with Paramount Records, by the 1930's he was a major blues star, and prominent developer of the Piedmont guitar style. Evolving into an outspoken critic ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Matt Schofield at Nectar's

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Matt Schofield Nectar's Burlington, Vermont July 5, 2016 In a generous two-set performance that lasted til the midnight hour at Nectar's in Burlington, Matt Schofield made a case for himself as one of the finest bluesmen of his generation. Gary Clark Jr. and Derek Trucks may be more versatile, but the simplicity and passion Schofield brings to his music reminds of no one so much as the archetypal guitar hero himself, Eric Clapton.

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty

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Johnny Winter Down & Dirty Megaforce Records2016 Johnny Winter's life and times were so colorful that even a painstakingly conceived and executed documentary such as Down & Dirty almost begs credibility. Yet as closely as the film delves into the albino bluesman's lifestyle in his later years, on the road and off, it makes a viable case that his album Still Alive and Well (Columbia Records, 1973) was just the first step in his road ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

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There are those whose course in life was altered as music intervened, taking them in another direction. Janiva Magness was headed down a long hard road, when, as a desolate teenager, snuck into a nightclub, and got blinded by the blues. There were the obligatory lean years of paying dues before releasing, “More Than Live" in 1992. Ten albums and twenty-odd years after that, Love Wins Again reveals the singer as a woman brimming with confidence and gratitude for the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Aireene Espiritu: Back Where I Belong

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How can someone go back to where they have never been? How can a ukulele playing folk singer accomplish searing blues and soul vocals with such sincere expression and emotion? These are just two of the mysteries surrounding Aireene Espiritu. Her release Back Where I Belong, reveals the answers, and much more. Though Espiritu has been gigging around the Bay Area for decades, it was at a performance in Oakland (amongst 200 artists) that she caught the ear ...

BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Heard It In A Love Song: Ted Gioia & James Gavin

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Recently, I had to admit to myself that: (1) I will not live forever, and because of Number 1, (2) Not listen to all the music there is, and (3) not read all of the books on my list. Well, I am trying to bring up the rear on this latter point reviewing books by two prominent music writers, Ted Gioia and James Gavin... about a year late... well, better that than... Love Songs: The Hidden History ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Terrie Odabi: My Blue Soul

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Blues singers have always been scarce, maybe that's why they are so special. It requires real-life experience, intense commitment and a profound sense of emotion to interpret this music, which represents so much for so many. After paying dues in her hometown of Oakland, blues singer Terrie Odabi finally steps into the national spotlight and tells her story on My Blue Soul. Backed by some of the Bay Area's finest players, and with Kid Anderson handling production duties, this record ...


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