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Merle Haggard


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Dickey Betts: Another Man Done Gone

Read "Dickey Betts: Another Man Done Gone" reviewed by Doug Collette

Although Forrest Richard 'Dickey' Betts did not share the surname of the Allman Brothers Band to which he contributed so significantly, in terms of success both creatively and commercially, he was arguably as responsible for the seminal blues rockers' legacy as the two namesakes of the group, Duane and Gregg. And it does not ...


Article: Album Review

Hasaan Ibn Ali: Reaching For The Stars: Solos/Duos/Trios

Read "Reaching For The Stars: Solos/Duos/Trios" reviewed by Doug Collette

Since its inception in 2010, Omnivore Recordings has applied a most stringent set of standards to its archival efforts devoted to the disparate likes of Merle Haggard, Maynard Ferguson and the Posies (and no less so in the occasional preparation and release of new content such as Americana master Peter Case). The label has ...


Article: Live Review

Iris DeMent at the Freight and Salvage

Read "Iris DeMent at the Freight and Salvage" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Iris DeMent Freight and Salvage Berkeley, CA April 27, 2023 Iris Luella DeMent stands apart amidst the field of singer-songwriters who incorporate gospel, folk and country into their repertoire. As her website says she has “an acclaimed ability to create nuance out of everyday pain and triumph." DeMent, 62, was ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Lyceum Theatre, London, England - 5/26/72

Read "Lyceum Theatre, London, England - 5/26/72" reviewed by Doug Collette

The final night of any given tour can find the musicians excited at the prospects of jobs well-done throughout the prior road work or exhausted and lethargic from their previous labors. Fifty years ago, when the Grateful Dead's Europe '72 (Warner Bros., 1972) was released, the third LP of the set (conceived as such in part ...


Article: Album Review

Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)

Read "Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)" reviewed by Doug Collette

Grateful Dead, the second album of concert recordings released by the iconic band for Warner Brothers Records, resides squarely in the sweet spot between the expansive likes of its corollary, Live Dead (Warner Bros., 1969) and the economical studio recordings this group issued in between, Workingman's Dead (Warner Bros., 1970) and American Beauty (Warner Bros., 1970). ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

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 ...


Article: Live Review

Kiefer Sutherland at Irving Plaza

Read "Kiefer Sutherland at Irving Plaza" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Kiefer Sutherland Irving Plaza New York, NY June 25, 2019 Kiefer Sutherland is best known as an actor, voice actor, producer and director. He is known for his role as Jack Bauer in the FOX drama series 24. Sutherland won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild ...


Article: Interview

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...


Article: Live Review

Jamey Johnson, with Kelsey Waldon and Chris Hennessee, at The Paramount

Read "Jamey Johnson, with Kelsey Waldon and Chris Hennessee, at The Paramount" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Jamey Johnson with Kelsey Waldon and Chris Hennessee The Paramount Huntington, NY April 7, 2019 Jamey Johnson is a guitarist and songwriter who personifies the Americana musical genre. His music is a powerful mélange of blues, folk, pop, southern rock and, of course, country. Simply put: it is Americana, with ...


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