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Scott Ellison: Elevator Man

Read "Elevator Man" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Tulsa, Oklahoma-native Scott Ellison looks like an accountant (not unlike fellow blues musician George Taylor), sings a bit like a dustbowl Howlin' Wolf and plays guitar like Old Scratch from the corner of Highways 49 and 61. Dusty Oklahoma is the home of many fine musicians not the least of whom include Leon Russell, J.J. Cale, ...

Rain or Shine

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Goodnight; The Hard Way; Railroad Song; What am I Gonna Say; Scenery; Only Blue; Breakin’ in Boots; Harvest Moon; The Rain; Seat With Your Name.

TroubleTown

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Carry Me Back; Cowboy State of Mind; Lovin' Around; Raining & Cold; TroubleTown; Feel Me Breathe; Better Than Time.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

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: ALBUM REVIEW

George Taylor: TroubleTown

Read "TroubleTown" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

On George Taylor's second recording, Rain or Shine (Self Produced, 2014), the guitarist looked oddly like a square accountant. On his first recording, TroubleTown he looks like Texas surfer cleaned up in a blue blazer. On both recordings, Taylor plays some of the freshest throw-back Americana being played. Touted as a “Blues musician," and, while he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

George Taylor: Rain or Shine

Read "Rain or Shine" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Observation One. George Taylor looks like the cross between a small-town pharmacist and a junior account. Observation Two. Taylor is touted as a blues musician who toured the Mississippi River Delta in search of that singular blues inspiration. It is funny that his resulting recording Rain or Shine should sound as if born of Jimmie Rodgers ...


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