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Matador: Matador 3

Read "Matador 3" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Uruguayan guitarist and vocalist Santiago Bogacz, stage name Matador, blends various musical influences into a unique sound with a jazz influenced spontaneity. After two intriguing EPs he has put out his first full-length album. All three are untitled as each is labeled with original art work that sets it apart from the others.

On ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie

Read "Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie" reviewed by Martin Longley

Benjamin Booker
O2 Academy
September 6, 2014

Usually, audience demographics are spread closely in line with the age of a performer, but such things were not predictable at Stateside bluesman Benjamin Booker's gig. Although born in Virginia, this 25-year-old singer/guitarist now dwells deep down in New Orleans, adopting many ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matador: Matador

Read "Matador" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Matador is the stage name of Uruguayan guitarist, composer and songwriter Santiago Bogacz who is an eclectic, up and coming artist with immense talent and dynamic creativity. His versatile eponymous EP is self-released and contains four of his own songs that reflect his various sources of inspiration and his superb musicianship.

The classically trained Bogacz ...

NEWS: RECORDING

81-year Mississippi blues/gospel singer makes debut album: Leo Welch

81-year Mississippi blues/gospel singer makes debut album: Leo Welch

BRUCE, Miss. (Population: 2,097) — The phone rings at the Oxford, Miss.-based label Big Legal Mess. An intern tells the caller, “Oh, we don’t really do blues here anymore.” One of the company’s principals overhears this and grabs the phone. On the other end of the line is one 81-year-old Leo “Bud” Welch from Mississippi’s Calhoun ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

North Mississippi Allstars at Highline Ballroom

Read "North Mississippi Allstars at Highline Ballroom" reviewed by David Miller

North Mississippi Allstars
Highline Ballroom
New York, NY
February 26, 2010

As expected, in the best way possible. When my friend (a North Mississippi Allstars virgin) asked what we were in for as the Allstars took the Highline Ballroom stage on a snowy Friday evening in New York, I told her some specifics: drummer Cody ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Junior Kimbrough: Meet Me In the City

Read "Meet Me In the City" reviewed by Derek Taylor

With Kimbrough’s death in early '98 the blues world lost one its most uncompromising and idiosyncratic practitioners. All we’re left with now are posthumous collections like this one that out of necessity are forced to scrape the bottom of the corn liquor barrel for ‘new’ and releasable material. Though not imbued with the same level of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Junior Kimbrough: Meet Me in the City

Read "Meet Me in the City" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Along with his neighbor R.L. Burnside, the late Junior Kimbrough may have been one of the last of the old-school Mississippi bluesmen. Kimbrough died of heart failure last year at age 67.

A popular singer and guitarist in northeast Mississippi, Kimbrough turned his house into a juke joint that became such a hot spot he ...