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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
June 27, 2019

Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Madsen's Storytellers: Curiouser and Curiouser

Read "Curiouser and Curiouser" reviewed by Troy Dostert

After devoting a number of his recordings on the Playscape label to the songbooks of Thelonious Monk (Sphere Essence: Another Side of Monk, 2003), Billy Strayhorn (Satin Doll, 2017) and even Elvis Presley (Elvis Never Left the Building, 2014), pianist Peter Madsen has since sought out literary texts for inspiration. 2018 was a particularly fruitful year, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Tom Petty And Me: My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty

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Tom Petty And Me: My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty
Jon Scott
190 Pages
ISBN: #978-0692091197
Chickasaw Buddy Publishing, INC.
2018

Tom Petty And Me has a most interesting premise, its effect heightened when considering the late musician's tumultuous history with his record label(s). In My Rock ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Doors: The Singles

Read "The Singles" reviewed by Doug Collette

Naysayers carping about the voluminous reissues of the Doors catalog conveniently forget to consider neither label nor management would proceed on a title like The Singles if there wasn't sufficient confidence the market, in terms of new audiences alone wasn't there to support sales. And say what anyone will about how dubious is the concept of ...

NEWS: TRENDS

Elvis Presley and The Tale Of Two Very Different Music Industries

Elvis Presley and The Tale Of Two Very Different Music Industries

Elvis is King!  Or is he?  As we commemorate 40 years since his death, how are Elvis and his fellow legacy artists fairing in the new music industry landscape as compared to their younger counterparts?  Is YouTube for everyone, for example? And Spotify promises long tail revenue, but does that include Elvis and his peers?  Guest post by ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

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Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1965

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The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1965
Ed Ward
416 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1250071163
Flatiron Books
2016

Ed Ward has been the Rock & Roll Historian on NPR's Fresh Air (WHYY, Philadelphia--Terry Gross) for thirty years. He is the author of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History ...