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The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...


The Bo-Keys: Heartaches By The Number

Read "Heartaches By The Number" reviewed by James Nadal

There is an ongoing resurgence in retro-soul music, as contemporary artists emulate the style and sound from the golden age of soul and rhythm and blues. But there are still many of the original musicians from that era out there doing it, of which The Bo-Keys are a primary example. Delving deep into the sub-genre of ...


Concord Music Group Releases Booker T. & The MGs "Green Onions" As Part Of Stax Remasters Series

Concord Music Group Releases Booker T. & The MGs "Green Onions" As Part Of Stax Remasters Series

Title track inducted into GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1999 and Library of Congress's National Recording Registry in 2012 LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Concord Music Group will release Booker T. & the MGs’ Green Onions as part of its Stax Remasters series on July 24, 2012. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, two live bonus tracks and newly written ...


Charlie Apicella & Iron City: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Charlie Apicella and Iron City have funk, groove, and insistent swing on The Business. Nominally a guitar/organ/drums trio, this date adds the tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley and conguero Mayra Casales, to fill out the sound. Apicella exhibits a sturdy competence on guitar, with an emphasis on getting all the basics right--never resorting to flame-throwing arpeggios, and ...


Michaela Rae: Blues with a Backbone

Read "Blues with a Backbone" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

There are many who believe the blues is dying, a feeling reinforced by the fact that many of the major icons in this genre are over 80, like B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy" Edwards. However, there is youth in the blues, like Homemade Jamz and now, Michaela Rae Knox.

This 14-year-old Colorado ...