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Ranky Tanky: African Rhythms Preserved

Read "Ranky Tanky: African Rhythms Preserved" reviewed by Martin McFie

Liberia, the West African country named for freedom, was partly financed by wealthy Americans as a haven for people who escaped enslavement. Its capital Monrovia was named for US President Monroe. The Gola (also called Gula) tribe are indigenous to the northern borderlands of Liberia with Sierra Leone. The Gola people are farmers who weave swamp ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Guitarist Clay Ross Debuts at the Legendary Blue Note Jazz Club

Guitarist Clay Ross Debuts at the Legendary Blue Note Jazz Club

Guitarist, vocalist, and composer, Clay Ross makes his Blue Note debut on Friday, April 30th as part of the clubs Late Night Groove Series with his band Matuto. The South Carolina native and Brooklyn resident released an album of the same name late last August on Ropeadope Records. The album is a mix of originals and covers ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Clay Ross: Matuto

Read "Matuto" reviewed by Greg Camphire

In Brazilian Portuguese, matuto signifies a backwoods country hillbilly. Guitarist, vocalist and South Carolina native Clay Ross knows a thing or two about these types of folks, and finds common ground between their counterparts across the equator on Matuto, his eclectic debut for Ropeadope Records.

Ross is something of a polymath, handling guitar, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by Michael Ricci

When The Beatles first emerged at the forefront of The British Invasion, few could have predicted the impact they'd have beyond the world of rock and pop. Early albums, and songs like “Love Me Do," “She Loves You" and “I Want to Hold Your Hand," were hardly the grist for something more.

But by ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Clay Ross Celebrates His New Release "Matuto" at Joe's Pub on August 25

Guitarist Clay Ross Celebrates His New Release "Matuto" at Joe's Pub on August 25

Guitarist, Vocalist, and Composer Clay Ross Celebrates the Release of His Forthcoming Album Matuto With an Evening of Brazilian Carnival Meets Appalachia at Joe's Pub on August 25

“Clay Ross thinks like a poet, writes like a novelist, and plays the guitar like a master." - Jambase

Matuto (ma-two-toe) is Brazilian slang for country ...