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Gina Sicilia: Love Me Madly

Read "Love Me Madly" reviewed by Doug Collette

It is not to disparage Gina Sicilia in any way to say that she has come of age with her ninth album, Love Me Madly. Produced by North Mississippi Allstars' Cody Dickinson and prominently featuring Luther Dickinson, his sibling and co-founder of that group, the record carries some cosmetic similarities to the vintage sound of Philadelphia Int'l, but it is less glossy and more earthy, a deceptively sophisticated effort rendered all the more impressive for elaborate touches that never sublimate ...

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Janiva Magness: Change In The Weather

Read "Change In The Weather" reviewed by Doug Collette

Janiva Magness makes no effort to hog the spotlight as she Sings John Fogerty and as a direct result of her generosity of spirit, Change In The Weather stands even more distinctly on its own terms as a formidable piece of work. In interpreting this selection of twelve songs by the titular leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grammy Award nominee and savvy studio collaborators (like Taj Mahal on “Don't You Wish It Was True") end up shedding some more ...

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Jack Tempchin: Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin

Read "Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin" reviewed by Doug Collette

With Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin, the singer/songwriter reaffirms his own strengths as an artist at the same time he fashions a heartfelt tribute to his frequent and long-time collaborator, the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles Conceived and executed in much the same stripped-down style as One More Song (Blue Elan, 2016), this album carries an emotional resonance because it works through outright homage as well as reverse psychology: Tempchin's creative partnership brought out the softer ...

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Jack Tempchin: One More Song

Read "Jack Tempchin: One More Song" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jack Tempchin's name may not elicit immediate recognition, but chances are his songs will. He contributed to the composition of “Peaceful Easy Feeling" on the Eagles' eponymous debut album in 1972 and also helped write “Already Gone" from On the Border (Elektra, 1974). As a member of the Funky Kings in 1976 (along with another estimable composer, Jules Shear), he wrote and recorded “Slow Dancing," made a bonafide hit by Johnny Rivers the very next year/ Yet that was just ...

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Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

Read "Love Wins Again" reviewed by James Nadal

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 ...


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