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Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin'

Read "Bad Mouthin'" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

You might not recognize Tony Joe White by name but chances are you recognize his songs.

A musical lone wolf born and raised on a Louisiana cotton farm about twenty miles from the nearest town (Oak Grove), White's unique blend of country funk and blues proved fertile for soulful singers from Elvis Presley ("Poke ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Confessin' The Blues

Read "Confessin' The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

If it weren't so scrupulously annotated (at least up to a point) or attractively designed, this title might be flippantly described as “The Greatest Hits of the Blues." As is, it is the third in a roots revival series of sorts. Confessin' The Blues follows Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin' Music, 2018), where a Windy city ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin'

Read "Bad Mouthin'" reviewed by Doug Collette

If Tony Joe White's seventeenth album, Bad Mouthin', proves anything, it's how deeply evocative of his Southern heritage are his own songs, even as they stand next to--and sound of a piece with--those of Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Charlie Patton. Appropriately, virtually all twelve tracks on this LP find the author of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Greatest Other People's Hits

Read "Greatest Other People's Hits" reviewed by Doug Collette

In keeping with his adopted moniker, John Wesley Harding, nee Wes Stace, has too often been a bit too clever in penning original material from his position in the circle of late Seventies-early Eighties songwriters including Elvis Costello and Graham Parker. As a result, his regular choice of cover material has simultaneously functioned as a respite ...

Malo: Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles

Read "Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"Malo was pretty much a jam," reflects Malo bandleader Jorge Santana (younger brother to Carlos Santana) in the notes to Latin Bugaloo. “Just a lot of natural energy. But it had to be structured into an arrangement."

Latin Bugaloo compiles the A-and B-sides of six Malo singles released during the band's 1970s golden age, ...

Dennis Coffey: One Night at Morey's: 1968

Read "One Night at Morey's: 1968" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

And all of the sudden, Funk Brother guitarist Dennis Coffey is one hot cuppa joe. With the 2017 Resonance Records' release of Hot Coffey In The D--Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge we listeners have become reacquainted with the guitarist who seasoned such Detroit recordings as The Temptations' “Ball of Confusion" (Gordy, 1970); Edwin Starr's “War" ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Escape To The Alluring Sounds Of Vintage Exotica On "Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights" On May 25

Escape To The Alluring Sounds Of Vintage Exotica On "Technicolor Paradise:  Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights" On May 25

In the late ’50s to the mid-’60s, somewhere between Elvis’ last Ed Sullivan Show appearance and the Beatles’ U.S. invasion, a strange musical movement surfaced in America seemingly from some fantasy island in the South Pacific. Known as Exotica, the music blended together wildly disparate musical styles—easy listening and lounge; jazz and surf—to concoct a fizzy ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic

Read "Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic" reviewed by Doug Collette

Few if any contemporary pop or rock artists have maintained a career as long and varied as Iain (nee Ian), Matthews, so his eclectic discography deserves the robust informational and graphical archiving of Omnivore Recording. Moving from his early days as a member of Fairport Convention, the man formed Southern Comfort and moved into more conventional ...

The Legacy of Big Star: Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and Luther Russell

Read "The Legacy of Big Star: Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and Luther Russell" reviewed by Doug Collette

Big Star, the late lamented forefathers of power-pop as we know it, was a star-crossed group in virtually every sense William Shakespeare might've intended. The group suffered as much external as internal strife, ranging from unforeseen business slip-ups that muffled the impact of their record releases to the equally startling departure of linchpin Chris Bell in ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight

Read "At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

While not technically a “bundle," I am using my personal column to discuss the most important recorded music release of the past year, if not decade. Music, as we presently know it, would be very different had the Louisiana Hayride not existed. Uncharitably known as ..."the poor man's Grand Ole Opry," the Louisiana Hayride was anything ...