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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gregg Allman: Laid Back Deluxe Edition

Read "Laid Back Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Gregg Allman's first solo album, Laid Back (Capricorn, 1973), is the ideal candidate for a Deluxe Edition reissue and remaster. Not only is the record an exquisite, one-of-a-kind piece of work in its original form, but the backstory is eminently worth telling as it sheds light not only on the creation of the album itself, but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bruce Katz: Solo Ride

Read "Solo Ride" reviewed by Doug Collette

On Solo Ride, Bruce Katz posits himself as a stylist par excellence, curator of a perennial genre that deserves preservation in the musical landscape of America. And while it's something of a surprise to see him release a solo album, given the self-effacing demeanor he's displayed in his otherwise broad and varied collaborative experience (with Gregg ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dickey Betts: Ramblin' Man: Live at the St. George Theatre

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Dickey Betts does not add to his reputation with Ramblin' Man: The Dickey Betts Band Live at the St George Theater. To be fair, he doesn't significantly sully reputation as an icon of Southern rock either, but that's just testament to how firmly established is his position in history as co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Restivo: Where's Joe?

Read "Where's Joe?" reviewed by Doug Collette

The title Where's Joe? carries a deliciously ironic subtext because guitarist Joe Restivo has hardly been an unobtrusive figure on the Memphis music scene. On the contrary, after having schooled himself on the history of the area as a flashpoint for blues and jazz, as a member of the Bo Keys, Restivo began making regular club ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Scott Sharrard & Jack Pearson: Brothers by Proxy

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As the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band looms ever larger with the passing years, those musicians outside the nucleus of the seminal Southern rock/blues band are building upon their early contributions to the group, plus their own prior work, in so doing elevating their profiles proportionately. Take Jack Pearson, for instance, whose stint with ABB ...

Boyer & Talton and Cowboy

Read "Boyer & Talton and Cowboy" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's difficult, if not impossible, to understate the distinction Cowboy brought to Capricorn Records. At the height of the Southern rock movement launched by and spurred on through the success of the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Walden's artist roster, including the Marshall Tucker Band and Wet Willie, was also populated with bands like Grinderswitch that borrowed ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tal Wilkenfeld Live At The Belly Up Tavern

Read "Tal Wilkenfeld Live At The Belly Up Tavern" reviewed by Jim Worsley

To be blessed with such an abundance of talent, vision, and spirit is a precious gift. We are all so very fortunate that Tal Wilkenfeld shares that appropriately bestowed gift with us every time she walks onto a stage or into a recording studio.

Wednesday night, November 15, 2017, the now 30 year old ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leon Russell: On a Distant Shore

Read "On a Distant Shore" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In the same way that the death of my Aunt Irene in the early 1990s showed me Father Time was coming for my immediate family, did I realize the same fate awaited my musical heroes when Frank Zappa was shown the door about the same time. This past year has been especially hard with the deaths ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman at The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman
The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY
September 24, 2017

Gregg Allman co-founded and curated the inaugural Laid Back Festival. That festival began as a single day celebration in August of 2015 and was held at the Jones ...