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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ghost Town Blues Band: Backstage Pass

Read "Backstage Pass" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One of the perks to living in Little Rock is its close proximity to the center of the rock music universe. No, not Cleveland, Alan Freed or not. Memphis, Tennessee! Did Chuck Berry write a song about Cleveland? No. Being close to Memphis means being close enough to go a see local bands the likes of ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017

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This year marks my 20th contributing to AAJ. Twenty years ago, I was 38 years old looking for an outlet for my music writing that had somehow avoided me until I came across an opportunity disguised as a call for articles from one Michael Ricci in jny: Philadelphia. I emailed my review of Art Pepper's San ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, For Your Consideration

Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, For Your Consideration

Attention Grammy members: For you consideration, Low Society's Sanctified is on the ballot for the 2018 Grammy Awards in the American Roots category. Low Society have a long way to go to actually win it, but their latest album Sanctified has been entered for consideration. The Memphis based band's music may be way too sexy for ...

Low Society: Sanctified

Read "Sanctified" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Low Society's 2014 release You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (2014, Ice House Records) was a revelation to me. I had long ago grown jaded believing that vibrant, genre-expanding blues and Americana had passed into extinction. Then I heard “Need Your Love," my ears stiffened and I sniffed the air... hmm, something special here. I ...

Low Society: High Time

Read "High Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

When one listens to a whole lot of music, it becomes easy to be lulled into the friendly confines of being satisfied with good without ever hearing great. That is, until something exceptional comes along and then it is experienced as an epiphany. So were my feelings hearing Low Society's 2014 release You Can't Keep a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Beale Street Music Festival 2016

Read "Beale Street Music Festival 2016" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Beale Street Music Festival
Memphis in May International Festival
Tom Lee Park
Memphis, TN
April 29-May 1, 2016

“The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg. The Peabody is the Paris Ritz, the Cairo Shepheard, the London Savoy of ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This year turned out to be a watershed of jazz and beyond vocals, instrumental jazz and important reissues. It was a year of music that further opened my eyes and ears to music I had not previously valued or considered. How short-sighted of me.

Beat Kaestli
Collage
(B&B Productions)

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Low Society: You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down

Read "You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Let's not insult Low Society lead vocalist Mandy Lemons by noting she was influenced by Janis Joplin. That is the lazy critic's out. Better we describe her as the love child of a serious Amy Winehouse and Big Mama Thornton, irradiated by beta particles that had once passed by an AM radio, late at night, playing ...