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Roseanna Vitro: Tell Me The Truth

Read "Tell Me The Truth" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is completely fitting that vocalist Roseanna Vitro conceive of and release a recording devoted to the music of the American South. But, this is not just any thoughtlessly- assembled concept recording. Vitro is the master of intelligently programmed and produced thematic albums as evidenced by: Catching Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles (Telarc, 1997); ...

NEWS: RECORDING

JC Hopkins' New Release, "It's A Sad And Beautiful World," Which Features Garth Hudson And Levon Helm, Will Finally See The Light Of Day Ten Years After It Was Recorded

JC Hopkins' New Release, "It's A Sad And Beautiful World," Which Features Garth Hudson And Levon Helm, Will Finally See The Light Of Day Ten Years After It Was Recorded

The album, which will be released on July 12, also features an impressive array of jazz greats and notable singer-songwriters There are some musicians who defy genre limitations, whose work spans a such wide spectrum that it simply does not allow them to be labelled or categorized. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer JC Hopkins is just such an ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Nighthawks: All You Gotta Do

Read "All You Gotta Do" reviewed by Doug Collette

On All You Gotta Do, The Nighthawks illustrate how they've established, then nurtured their vaunted status among the most venerated of American blues units for over four decades and upwards of twenty albums. The changes the band's seen under the tutelage of original founding member Mark Wenner continues unfettered on this self-produced album: the band alternately ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

The Last Waltz 40 Tour
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
February 3, 2017

On November 25, 1976 (Thanksgiving), the Canadian-American rock group the Band gave its farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The concert was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into the documentary, The Last Waltz. The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Wood Brothers at Higher Ground

Read "The Wood Brothers at Higher Ground" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Wood Brothers
Higher Ground Ballroom
South Burlington, Vermont
February 6, 2017

In the decade plus they've played together, the Wood Brothers have made a habit of coming to Vermont virtually every year and their near-sell-out appearance in the ballroom of Higher Ground was almost exactly twelve months since their last ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Grahams: Glory Bound

Read "Glory Bound" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Friends since their childhood, Alyssa and Doug Graham are now husband and wife. They are also a duo to be reckoned with. Their music is a joyous melange of country, folk, blues, roots, bluegrass and pop with some jazzy elements thrown in for good measure. It's definitely American music. If one were asked to place the ...

B.B. King: Live in Cook County Jail and More…

Read "B.B. King: Live in Cook County Jail and More…" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In his ALLMUSIC artist's biography of B.B. King, Bill Dahl states, “Universally hailed as the king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King was without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century." That is hyperbole of the order of Stephen Thomas Erlewine's introduction in the same publication ...

Rick Braun: can you feel it

Read "can you feel it" reviewed by Walter Atkins



Celebrated trumpeter Rick Braun's release can you feel it is aptly titled. The veteran purveyor of the smooth jazz sound does not disappoint on his latest offering. Some of Braun's musical friends on this eleven song collection include: Brian Culbertson-piano, Euge Goove-tenor sax, Jeff Lorber-keyboards and guitar, Dave Koz-tenor sax, and Nate Phillips-bass.

Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition

Read "Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition" reviewed by John Kelman

A star-studded show celebrating the music of Bob Dylan, televised around the world thirty years after the release of his first Columbia recording, 1962's Bob Dylan, could have been seen as swan song; after all, Dylan was in a period of songwriting inactivity that would last from 1990 through to his potent reemergence with 1997's Time ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Oli Rockberger With New Solo Album

Whether you first discover Oli Rockberger through his work as a singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, keys sideman, or as one third of acclaimed band/production team Mister Barrington, you’ll find a distinctive musical voice running through the rich and varied work he does. Londoner Rockberger, who currently lives in NY, first came to the US on a Full Scholarship ...