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Hadden Sayers: The Dopamine Dream

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Guitarist and composer Hadden Sayers took the 40th Annual Blues Music Awards by storm, riding the sonic wave created by this dual release of Dopamine Machine and Acoustic Dopamine. Sayers was nominated for the “Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year" for the latter recording. We are in the midst of a blues revolution and Hadden Sayers ...

Ten Artists: June 2019

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Polly Gibbons
All I Can Do
Resonance Records
2019

Polly Gibbons's 2017 Resonance release, Is It Me...? was positively received by All About Jazz and other outlets when it appeared. That recording featured a crack trio augmented with soloists, establishing Gibbons as a sensitive yet muscular interpreter of the American ...

The Country Blues by Samuel B. Charters

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The Country Blues
Samuel B. Charters
314 pages
ISBN: # 978-0306800146
Da Capo
1959/1975

With the miracle publication of blues researchers Paul Oliver and Mack McCormick's unfinished monolith Blues Come to Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2019), it is worth reconsidering the first example of blues reportage, Samuel B. ...

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Ten on Cellar Live

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That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

Ten Artists: May 2019

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Paul Jost
Simple Life
Paul Jost Music
2019

I believe there are precious few exceptional male jazz vocalists. There. I said it. Female vocalists? They are legion. But once one has pruned away the vanity projects, the Sinatra wannabes, and the most recent unforgivable cover of “My Funny Valentine," there remain few. Paul Jost ...

Ten Artists: April 2019

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Claudia Vorbach
Is There a Time?
Phoneector
2018

Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured ...

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I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone by Jim Dickinson

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I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone
Jim Dickinson
314 pages
ISBN: # 978-1496810540
University of Mississippi Press
2017

“We got stiffed on the gig and drove back to Waco in silence. The sun was coming up over the Brazos when we got back to campus. That was the end ...

Ten Artists: March 2019

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Kristina Koller
At The Poli Club
Self Produced
2019

New York City vocalist Kristina Koller follows up her debut recording, Perception (Self Produced, 2017), with this four-song, extended play live recording. Koller is backed by Fima Chupakhin on piano, Ben Rubens on bass and Darrian Douglas on drums. Their support deepens ...

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Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music's Hometown by Robert Gordon

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Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music's Hometown
Robert Gordon
272 pages
ISBN: # 978-1632867735
Bloomsbury USA
2019

One becomes part of a place when one takes that place for granted.

I spent the better part of the 1980s in Oxford, Mississippi, attending graduate ...

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Lefty Frizzell: An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings

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Lefty Frizzell
An Article From Life -The Complete Recordings
Bear Family Records
2018

Obsession is a great motivator and perhaps the greatest form of appreciation. However, that may be no more than making a virtue out of necessity. The German label, Bear Family Records has made a career of being obsessed ...