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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

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Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
December 4, 2018

In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Doyle Bramhall II: Shades

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The title of Doyle Bramhall II's Shades intimates a fitting level of nuance comparable to that of his previous album, Rich Man (Concord, 2016), where he married the most profound spiritual themes of his original material to lush production and arrangement. Here, in contrast, he emphasizes his blues and R&B roots so that, as a direct ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Boston Roundup: Larry Carlton, Brit Floyd, and Doyle Bramhall

Read "Boston Roundup: Larry Carlton, Brit Floyd, and Doyle Bramhall" reviewed by Dave Dorkin

Larry Carlton
Bull Run
Shirley, MA
December 2, 2017

Larry Carlton came to play in a rare quintet setting at the Bull Run in the Boston Western suburbs. The band featured Carlton's son Travis on bass and drummer Gene Coye, both frequent collaborators, along with the noteworthy additions of Gregg Karukas ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Marcus King: The Marcus King Band

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Praised, mentored and produced by none other than the titular leader of Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, precocious twenty-year old songwriter/guitarist/vocalist/bandleader Marcus King faces some heady expectations with the release of he and his band's second full-length LP and first for Fantasy Records via the Evil Teen imprimatur.

But The Marcus King Band addresses those ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks Announce Tour Dates with New Band

Revelator (Sony MASTERWORKS), the long-awaited, song-oriented debut album by the husband-wife team of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks, will be released June 7th. Filled with smoky, blues-dipped rockers and heart-stilling ballads that show off, respectively, the gutsier and softer side of Tedeschi's vocal ability, plus a series of emotive, story-telling solos shaped by Trucks's ...