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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

A Conversation with Music Author Alan Light

Read "A Conversation with Music Author Alan Light" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

It is not an overstatement to label music journalist and writer Alan Light as one of the premier biographers and music historians. Light's heralded books include “The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah," “Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain," “The Skills to Pay the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joe Gransden's Big Band At Cafe 290

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Joe Gransden's Big Band
Cafe 290
Atlanta, GA
December 3, 2018

At a private evening in Atlanta, Kenny Banks played a 1912 Steinway B piano and Joe Gransden played his grandfather's trumpet and a fluegelhorn he has owned since childhood. In between Christmas tunes there was an interesting and enlightening question and ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black

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Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black
Alan Light
216 Pages
ISBN: 1588346390
Smithsonian Books
2018

In recent years, there hasn't been a shortage of books and documentaries on the subject of late singer and songwriter Johnny Cash. During his lifetime, Cash himself wrote two ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dida's Touch: The Remarkable Artistry of Dida Pelled

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Whatever material she touches --be it a Horace Silver standard, a Wes Montgomery blues, a Johnny Cash country tune, a Randy Newman heartbreak song, or one of her disarming originals --New York-based Israeli guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled leaves her indelible mark on it. Her signature style is a mix of playful warmth and remarkable guitar ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roseanna Vitro: Tell Me The Truth

Read "Tell Me The Truth" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is completely fitting that vocalist Roseanna Vitro conceive of and release a recording devoted to the music of the American South. But, this is not just any thoughtlessly-assembled concept recording. Vitro is the master of intelligently programmed and produced thematic albums as evidenced by: Catching Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles (Telarc, 1997); The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dominique Eade: Town and Country

Read "Town and Country" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A sei anni dall'incisione di Whirpool (Jazz Project, 2012), Ran Blake e Dominique Eade ripropongolo la loro esplorazione piano/voce privilegiando l'attenzione dal Great American Songbook ai canti della tradizione popolare e di denuncia sociale. Com'è noto l'83enne Ran Blake è un decano del New England Conservatory di Boston, dove fondò con Gunther Schuller il Third Sream ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Johnny Cash Family Condemns Neo-Nazi Use Of Father's Image

Johnny Cash Family Condemns Neo-Nazi Use Of Father's Image

The family of Johnny Cash have demanded that Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups not associate the image of their late father with the discriminatory ideas. In an open letter posted to Roseanne Cash's Facebook page, the family took issue with a protester during the confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend who appeared in a ...

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Betty's Blends Volume Three - Self-Rising Southern Blends (Limited Edition at The Warfield)

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood deserves special kudos for the creative approach they've taken to the latest release in their series of live concert recordings. The limited edition three-LP version of Betty's Blends Vol. 3 Self Rising Southern Blends includes a pair of CD's containing a West Coast concert recorded on a 2015 tour earlier than the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2014 at the Paramount

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Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2014
The Paramount
Huntington, NY
December 18,2014

A week before Christmas, the chilly winds swirling around the north shore of Long Island welcomed Chris Isaak and his band to the Paramount in Huntington for his 2014 Holiday Tour. Holiday spirit was in the air and the crowd ...

Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks 24

Read "Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks 24" reviewed by Skip Heller

The plethora of available live Grateful Dead material might be a completist's delight, but it can make for a nightmare for the consumer who just wants a few really good discs. This was a truly multifaceted band, with every facet documented to the point of exhaustion (or even tedium, depending who you ask). At their rootsy ...