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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rich Halley 3: The Literature

Read "The Literature" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley decided, according to the liner notes, to make his twenty-first recording an all-covers collection. The title of the recording, he writes, comes from his thought that if “literature" connotes a body of work in classical music, then why not in jazz as well--and so he's collected a dozen of the songs that ...

Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III

Read "Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Look what creeped into my monthly column... and herein exist end-of-the-year-recordings...(you decide which ones).

Ben Paterson
That Old Feeling
Cellar Live Records
2018

Everything about pianist/vocalist Ben Paterson's Cellar Live release, That Old Feeling is delightful. This recording is a beautiful throwback, with just a touch of ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Hank Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Harry Dean Stanton Headline Record Store Day Titles from Omnivore Recordings

Hank Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Harry Dean Stanton Headline Record Store Day Titles from Omnivore Recordings

If only every day could be like Record Store Day. On a mid-April Saturday, the hearty breed of surviving disc emporiums teem with music fans and crate diggers — all hoping to get their hands on the many limited-edition vinyl records issued by the labels. Omnivore Recordings will contribute four titles to the Record Store Day mix: ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Americana Band Run 8 Rider Drives Through Various Influences On New Record

When Run 8 Rider aren't busy rebuilding Devo's New Wave one-hit wonder “Whip It" into a Hee Haw hoedown, they are producing some of the most authentic and robust country rock around, which can be heard on their new album, Tenderfoot. For an Americana act, Run 8 Rider are decidedly less rooted in tradition; at the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Release: Nation Beat: "Growing Stone" Out September 13 on Barbes

New Release: Nation Beat: "Growing Stone" Out September 13 on Barbes

Nation Beat: Growing Stone Out September 13 on Barbes Records

“A little while ago I had a chance to hear Nation Beat and their music blew me away!"—Willie Nelson

Growing Stone: An Album From Two Americas
The American/Brazilian collective Nation Beat plays a 21st century mash-up inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Icon Hank Williams Receives Pulitzer Citation

Icon Hank Williams Receives Pulitzer Citation

Hank Williams, the country pioneer who is among the most influential singer- songwriters in music, was given a special Pulitzer Prize citation. The Pulitzer board awarded the late singer for his lifetime achievement, based on a confidential survey of experts in popular music. "I don't think any country artist cast a longer shadow than he does, both as a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A Cure for the Long-Gone Lonesome Blues

A Cure for the Long-Gone Lonesome Blues

Jett Williams never met her father, Hank. Then she came across his lost recordings, and she heard him laugh at last.According to Hank Williams, Mother's Best Flour makes “the best biscuit you ever hung a tooth in," and “On Top of Old Smokey" sounds best when sung the Appalachian way, “like Grandma taught it."

Now unless ...