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Skip Heller

October 4,1965, El Paso, TX — Johnny Cash is arrested for smuggling amphetamines across the border from Mexico. Meanwhile, in the thriving metropolis of Philadelphia, Skip Heller is born. HartfordRaised in and around the City of Brotherly Love, he develops an early interest in music, largely the result of seeing John Hartford on the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell television shows. At age 4, he buys his first record, EARTHWORDS AND MUSIC, with money he got for his birthday, thus beginning a lifelong habit of running to a record store every damn time he has money in his hand. His school years are uneventful

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Ten Artists: February 2019

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Cecilia Bartoli Antonio Vivaldi Decca 2018 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli recording for Decca, her label for the duration of her career. Bartoli's first recording was Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (London/Decca, 1989) opposite famous baritone Leo Nucci. My own introduction to Bartoli was through her Mozart ...

Bear Flag

Label: Dreambox Media
Released: 2018

Skip Heller, Birdie Jones, and Carnival of Soul

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“I have a bluegrass gig tomorrow am. Playing a Link Wray Tribute tomorrow night...seeing the Dead Milkmen tonight." --My most recent text message from Fred “Skip" Heller. For all of the recently revealed foibles of Social Media, perhaps the best thing about it is how it makes a really big world smaller. ...

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Notable and Nearly Missed 2017

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I am winding down the twentieth year contributing to All About Jazz. I have never had a year where there wasn't too much good music to review (or it got to me too late). This is my attempt to make good before '17 becomes '18. Skip Heller That was Then: Collected Recordings 2008- ...

Skip Heller: For EP Fans Only

Label: Weatherbird
Released: 2016
Track listing: For EP Fans Only: The Elvis Variations - Crawfish; Such a Night; I Met Her Today; Flaming Star; I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby; You Ask Me To; In My Way. Here in California (Deluxe Edition) – Here in California; If I Make it to Heaven; City in the Rain; four Rows Back; Trainwreck; Waltz for Two Who Don’t Dance; Beyond These Hills; San Fernando Valley; The Other Side of Town.

Skip Heller: For EP Fans Only

Read "Skip Heller: For EP Fans Only" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Fred “Skip" Heller is, in my estimate, a most undervalued cultural mind. Musically restless by nature, Heller is a two-million candle light, illuminating whatever musical style is intriguing him at the moment. This restlessness has led to Heller's exploration of the organ trio on It's Like That: The organ Trio Anthology 1998--2004 (Jewbilee, 2004) and Fakebook ...

Singles Drinking Doubles

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: At My Age; Fools Like Me; Hurricane; Old Neighborhood; Let’s Stay Home; No One Else’ll Do; Couch; Falling Out of Love With You; Mexican Radio; A Hundred Years From Today.

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Christmas 2015 VI: A Gospel Afterthought

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This article is less a holiday piece than a generally informative one. As Christmas is often lost in the Holiday, it is worthwhile to consider the story that started everything traditionally. There has been a renewed interest in Gospel music that has been typified in a number of recent and not-so-recent releases. These are worth consideration ...

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Skip Heller: San Fernando Valley Blues and The Hollywood Blues Destroyers

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Fred “Skip" Heller. Now there is a rara avis. A musical omnivore as drawn to Glenn Gould as to Roger Miller, Heller's talent and dedication to music and its history deserves so much more than local notoriety in the jny: Los Angeles and jny: Philadelphia areas it enjoys. Then, if I were LA, I would not ...


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