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Jimmie Vaughan: The Pleasure's All Mine

Read "The Pleasure's All Mine" reviewed by Doug Collette

This double CD/triple LP set contains the first two segments of a Jimmie Vaughan musical trilogy begun a decade ago with Blues Ballads and Favorites (Shout, 2010). Succeeded a year later with a similarly-titled follow-up, it has subsequently been long unavailable, but has been reissued in anticipation of the seventieth birthday of Stevie Ray's older sibling ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Fall 2020

Read "Fall 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Heathcote Hill “the stories we are told" 311 Music 2020 Roots-music artists too often sacrifice ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Chris Hillman: Time Between: My Life As A Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond

Read "Chris Hillman: Time Between: My Life As A Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond" reviewed by Doug Collette

Time Between: My Life As A Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond Chris Hillman 315 Pages ISBN: # 978-1947026353 BMG Books 2020) Chris Hillman has undoubtedly led one of the most extraordinary careers of any musician in contemporary rock. In fact, if the Grammys or The Rock and Roll ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks: Orange Crate Art 25th Anniversary Edition (2 CD)

Read "Orange Crate Art 25th Anniversary Edition (2 CD)" reviewed by Doug Collette

Personal estrangement, lawsuits and terminal illness permeated the Beach Boys' world when Orange Crate Art was originally released in 1995. It is thus little wonder it was greeted with more than a little ballyhoo (even if that was bit tentative), but that's also because it was, apart from the single song “Sail On Sailor" from Holland ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma

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The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma Ben Sidran 286 pages ISBN: #978-0578556604 Nardis Books 2020 Keyboardist, vocalist, composer and author, plus long-time compatriot of none other than 'The Space Cowboy' himself, Steve Miller, Ben Sidran is the epitome of well-crafted spontaneity. As was, in his own inimitable fashion, musician/producer/entrepreneur ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Winter 2020

Read "Winter 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Sugar Blue Colors Beeble Music 2020 Musiclovers listening to Colors may or may not be ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story by Billy Vera

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Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story Billy Vera RPM Series 177 Pages ISBN: # 978-1947026360 BMG Books 2019 The best music writing makes the reader go listen to music. It is just that simple. Volume 4 of BMG's RPM Series: Rip It Up—The Specialty Records Story is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The New Riders of The Purple Sage: Thanksgiving in New York City

Read "Thanksgiving in New York City" reviewed by Doug Collette

As preserved on Thanksgiving In New York City, The New Riders Of The Purple Sage were far more than just a mere offshoot of the Grateful Dead. Initially born in the folk surge of the late Sixties as the latter band's titular leader, Jerry Garcia, initially worked and learned with future NRPS chief songwriter John “Marmaduke" ...

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Jimmy "Duck" Holmes: Cypress Grove

Read "Cypress Grove" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cypress Grove is the tale of two very different artists following well-tested and successful professional trajectories. While none of the Ur-bluesmen (Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Skip James, Ishmon Bracey) are living, there remain a few musicians who knew them while they were still alive. One such musician is Jimmy Duck Holmes of Bentonia, Mississippi. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rob Laufer: The Floating World

Read "The Floating World" reviewed by Doug Collette

Rob Laufer's first album in nine years, The Floating World, will no doubt compel repeated listenings after the first one, if only so the curious music lover can better distinguish how much he or she might have missed on that initial hearing. While the LP's main touchstones are a bit obvious, the process of distinguishing the ...


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