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Rory Block: Positively 4th Street - A Tribute To Bob Dylan

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Artists sufficiently motivated to offer homage to Bob Dylan can still end up sounding more foolish than brave. With Positively 4th Street--A Tribute To Bob Dylan, veteran contemporary folksinger Rory Block places herself in the latter category and with no little panache too. Apart from guitarist Cindy Cashdollar's baritone guitar solo etching “Not Dark ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Taj Mahal: The Blues Is Eternal

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Over the course of his fifty-plus years of active musicology, Taj Mahal has explored all manner of roots music, but he always returns to his main influences in the blues. His delving into reggae and Caribbean styles has not only illuminated the links connecting the genres, but also increasingly honed a feel for sharp musicianship that ...

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Popa Chubby: Live at G. Bluey's Juke Joint NYC

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When we last heard from Popa Chubby, he was on his own, producing, recording and mixing at Chubbyland, his upstate New York music compound, making the most of his time in the lock-downs of the COVID pandemic on Emotional Gangster (Dixie Frog Records, 2022). Now the man born Ted Horowitz is in his preferred element, back ...

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Savoy Brown: Blues All Around

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In keeping with this Savoy Brown album title, Blues All Around, Juan Junco's front cover photo looks like one of those rare painting that captures the essence of its subject. It is a ghostly apparition of an image, with the late guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Kim Simmonds shown wringing notes from a Gibson Flying-V, immersed in the emotion(s) of ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Autumn 2022

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Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note, spotlighting titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Grant Dermody Behind The Sun Self Produced 2022 This roughly fifty-minute excursion into the blues, Grant ...

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Sass Jordan & Dana Fuchs: Two Chanteuses' Blues

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When performed with style, grace and depth of feeling, singing the blues is a wonder to behold. But when such virtues are replaced by histrionics, affectation and musical self-indulgence, the performers and the performances fall flat. In building their respective careers of no little renown, Sass Jordan and Dana Fuchs have both proven they can deliver ...

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Article: Year in Review

Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020

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Given the challenging year that was 2020, “Best of..." lists may turn out to be the high points of the last twelve months. Certainly there were times in the spring when it seemed as though a drought of new music might be inescapable, but as summer turned to fall, the titles kept rolling out, with the ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Blues Masters: Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite and New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers

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The tradition of the blues remains tried but true over generations of musicians and fans, the devotion of the latter mirroring and complementing the loyalty of the former. And the twisting, turning geography of the music's evolution, from Africa to the Southern delta (and its adjacent hill country) up the Mississippi River to Chicago, is itself ...

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Savoy Brown: Ain't Done Yet

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Kim Simmonds might not be quite as highly regarded in the contemporary blues milieu as “The Godfather of British Blues," John Mayall, but the former's forty-first album under the Savoy Brown monicker suggests he ought to be. As his profile has risen over the last five years, commensurate with his increased activity on the road and ...

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The Nighthawks: Tryin' To Get To You

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With Tryin' To Get To You, their thirty-first album in a prolific near fifty-year career, the Nighthawks provide testament to their own longevity and that of the blues genre itself. Even regular turnover of personnel has not diminished the power and efficacy of this group's playing, perhaps because, as new members come and go, founding member ...


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