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Leo Welch: Sebougla Voices

Read "Sebougla Voices" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

For decades, singer, guitarist, fiddler and harmonica player Leo Welch has played and sung fertile, deep South country blues and gospel at smalltown picnics and parties in and around his hometown of Sabougla in north central Mississippi, where he also leads the local gospel group Leo Welch & The Rising Souls, and belongs to the Skuna ...

Raising Vision and Voice

Read "Raising Vision and Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Decades ago, Archie Shepp and Sun Ra were among the first musicians to expand their vision for the human voice beyond the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure. Today, through digital sampling and other technology, musicians incorporate and manipulate the human voice in ways that even these two iconoclasts might not recognize. At the same time, the profound ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jimbo Mathus to Release "Blue Light," a Six-Song Ep on Fat Possum's Big Legal Mess Records July 20

Jimbo Mathus to Release "Blue Light," a Six-Song Ep on Fat Possum's Big Legal Mess Records July 20

Mississippi musician, veteran of Squrrel Nut Zippers and South Memphis String Band, will tour in May OXFORD, MS: The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus “the singing voice of Huck Finn." Outside the South, Mathus is likely best known as the ringleader of the defunct hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers, or as the catalyst for Buddy Guy's breakthrough ...

Jimbo Mathus: Knockdown South

Read "Knockdown South" reviewed by Charlie B. Dahan

Jimbo Mathus has an important job to do and he has done it impeccably this far. Mathus restores music from America's past and brings it to America's present, offering it in an entertaining and passionate palette to an audience that includes America's youth. You might remember his last endeavor, a traditional jazz revival band from the ...