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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hiatt: The Eclipse Sessions

Read "The Eclipse Sessions" reviewed by Doug Collette

Since John Hiatt hit his artistic and commercial stride with Bring The Family (A&M, 1987), the most listenable and durable albums of his have been those recorded with a band like the one appearing there (eventually known as Little Village: Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner). Offering comparably uniform musicianship in proportionate support of this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rodney Crowell: Tarpaper Sky

Read "Tarpaper Sky" reviewed by Doug Collette

Tarpaper Sky reaffirms Rodney Crowell's position as one of the most literate of contemporary songwriters. At the same time, it exhibits his unusual savvy as a musician and bandleader as he collects a core quintet to skillfully elicit both the intelligence and emotion of his original material.

In its prolonged gestation before and after ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark: Blind, Crippled & Crazy

Read "Blind, Crippled & Crazy" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In 1972, Texans Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark had already been a part of the Texas music scene for ten years. They recorded Delbert & Glen (1972) for Koch, inaugurating two careers, McClinton's being the more fruitful. That recording produced “B-Movie Boxcar Blues," which found its way onto The Blues Brothers' Briefcase Full Of Blues (Atlantic, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Delbert McClinton: Delbert McClinton: Cost of Living

Read "Delbert McClinton: Cost of Living" reviewed by Doug Collette

Among Delbert McClinton's many virtues are his longevity and his integrity, not to mention the humility that gives the title to Cost of Living. Staying power comes at a price, but like his late, lamented Texas blues peers, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Doug Sahm, this Texan can't sell out, because he really does not know how.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hiatt and the Goners: Beneath this Gruff Exterior

Read "Beneath this Gruff Exterior" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

John Hiatt and Sonny Landreth—nothing, and I mean nothing could be better. John Hiatt has advanced to the forefront of American rock songwriters, a group of musicians that include Warren Zevon, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and John Prine. Sonny Landreth is the stratospheric slide guitarist who knows no near competitor sporting a bottleneck ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Delbert McClinton: Nothing Personal

Read "Nothing Personal" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Delbert McClinton returns to the studio for the first time in three years for a new label and serves up the same old thing—the most informed and honest bastard child of country music and blues one could hope for.

I saw Delbert McClinton at the now defunct Little Roxy in Little Rock, Arkansas in the exceptionally ...