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Glen Campbell has always felt a divine touch in his life, as if he were given a gift he didn’t earn, but was allowed to use to make people happy and forget their worries for a time. How else do you explain his life, one of the most extraordinary rags to riches stories in popular music history? The 12th child and seventh son of a dirt poor sharecropper born in the depths of the depression on April 22, 1936, Campbell drowned when he was a toddler in the Little Missouri River near his family’s Arkansas home. His lips were blue when he was pulled from the river and those who rescued him believed he was gone

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fred Hersch: Songs From Home

Read "Songs From Home" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

In order for solo piano playing to be maintained at a high standard, the artist must exhibit a prolific imagination, a wealth of conviction and self-assurance, note-striking precision and a firm sense of swing. Throughout his career, Fred Hersch has exhibited these qualities. Since performers (be they musicians, dancers or actors) are ...

Living for a Song: Country Singers and Songwriters on BGO

Read "Living for a Song: Country Singers and Songwriters on BGO" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In “Living for a Song," Hank Cochran, one of the most prominent and prolific songsmiths in country music, writes: “I have slept on life's highway / Muddy tears staining my face / A rhyme or two was a big payday / Living for a song." These lines get to the very essence of country music. Country ...

Ten Artists: June 2019

Read "Ten Artists: June 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Polly Gibbons All I Can Do Resonance Records 2019 Polly Gibbons's 2017 Resonance release, Is It Me...? was positively received by All About Jazz and other outlets when it appeared. That recording featured a crack trio augmented with soloists, establishing Gibbons as a sensitive yet muscular interpreter of the American ...

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Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb In Session CD/DVD Coming on Fantasy Records

Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb In Session CD/DVD Coming on Fantasy Records

Glen Campbell’s recordings of Jimmy Webb’s songs have resulted in timeless, chart-topping hits like “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “Where’s the Playground Susie,” among others. The two have performed countless times together over the years, though recordings of their live appearances have been a scarcity — until now, with the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi

Read "The Bright Mississippi" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Pianist, writer, producer and arranger Allen Toussaint can justifiably be called a living legend. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he helped define the New Orleans R&B sound of the '60s and '70s through his work with Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, The Meters and Dr. John, then went on to collaborate with ...

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Cassandra Wilson to Release New Covers Collection

Cassandra Wilson to Release New Covers Collection

Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson will release Closer To You: The Pop Side on April 7th via Blue Note / EMI. With her unmistakable honeyed husky voice, she has made intimate and personal statements with jazz, blues, R&B, country and pop. Closer To You: The Pop Side is a new collection of Wilsons best covers ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Glen Campbell Gives the Velvet Underground a Go

GLEN CAMPBELL singing the music of Green Day and the Velvet Underground may not top the list of Great Moments in Pop Weirdness -- that'd go to Pat Boone's heavy metal phase a decade ago when he got hip to Metallica and Alice Cooper. But it's close. Meet Glen Campbell, arriving Tuesday, also lets the veteran ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Glen Campbell Plays L.A.'s Troubadour

Glen Campbell Plays L.A.'s Troubadour

Glen Campbell, rock 'n' roller Country star Glen Campbell will perform a rare club gig in Los Angeles on Aug. 19, the day his new CD of rock 'n' roll covers hits stores, his label said Wednesday. Campbell, 72, will perform at the Troubadour in West Hollywood as part of a promotional schedule for his Capitol ...


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