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Review of Dream Dictionary by Jim Campilongo

Dream Dictionary is consistent with Jim’s creative trajectory since American Hips (2003). Operating largely in a trio format (Dictionary features Josh Dion on drums and Chris Morrissey on bass), Campy picks, bends, and squawks his way through twelve tunes that demonstrate his uncanny ability to infuse the well-trodden soundscapes of Americana with a beautifully eclectic and instantly recognizable electric imprint. Fans of the guitarist’s output over the past decade should find themselves in…See More
Feb 25
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Review of Dream Dictionary by Jim Campilongo

Dream Dictionary is consistent with Jim’s creative trajectory since American Hips (2003). Operating largely in a trio format (Dictionary features Josh Dion on drums and Chris Morrissey on bass), Campy picks, bends, and squawks his way through twelve tunes that demonstrate his uncanny ability to infuse the well-trodden soundscapes of Americana with a beautifully eclectic and instantly recognizable electric imprint. Fans of the guitarist’s output over the past decade should find themselves in…See More
Feb 22
Easy Ed commented on Ben Bonin's blog post 'Twangers, Rockers, and Blues Howlers: Americana Album Highlights of 2013'
"Really liked Bakersfield too, but in the end all it did was make me long to listen to Buck albums. "
Jan 3
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Twangers, Rockers, and Blues Howlers: Americana Album Highlights of 2013

I'm always surprised by how challenging it is to assemble the ubiquitous "Year-end Top 10" post. When asked to distill a year of great music into just ten albums, I usually find myself going back and forth, constantly revising the list based on shifting criteria. For my highlights post, as opposed to my formal Top 10 submission, I attempted to hit on a broader range of Americana sub-genres and artists at varying levels of visibility. And oh yeah, I also tend a guitar blog -- so I made sure to…See More
Jan 2
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Twangers, Rockers, and Blues Howlers: Americana Album Highlights of 2013

I'm always surprised by how challenging it is to assemble the ubiquitous "Year-end Top 10" post. When asked to distill a year of great music into just ten albums, I usually find myself going back and forth, constantly revising the list based on shifting criteria. For my highlights post, as opposed to my formal Top 10 submission, I attempted to hit on a broader range of Americana sub-genres and artists at varying levels of visibility. And oh yeah, I also tend a guitar blog -- so I made sure to…See More
Jan 1
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Reviews of New Music from The White Buffalo and Anders Osborne

Two new albums from a pair of songwriter/guitarists with righteous facial hair. The perfect soundtrack to Movember!Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways by The White BuffaloIt's been almost two years since Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo, released his outstanding sophomore LP Once Upon a Time in the West. That album, along with a heavy touring schedule, has helped cement Smith's…See More
Nov 22, 2013
Ben Bonin posted a blog post

Reviews of New Music from The White Buffalo and Anders Osborne

Two new albums from a pair of songwriter/guitarists with righteous facial hair. The perfect soundtrack to Movember!Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways by The White BuffaloIt's been almost two years since Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo, released his outstanding sophomore LP Once Upon a Time in the West. That album, along with a heavy touring schedule, has helped cement Smith's…See More
Nov 20, 2013
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Review of "Road Worn and Ragged" by Jeff Jensen

Blues guitarist and songwriter Jeff Jensen closes Road Worn and Ragged with "Thankful," a funky/soulful ode to a musical life well-lived; it's a sentiment not often associated with the angsty 3-chord art form that is the blues. But we should all be so thankful for what the blues has given American music, despite its roots in some dark chapters of our country's past. Jeff seems to get that,…See More
Sep 22, 2013
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Review of "Road Worn and Ragged" by Jeff Jensen

Blues guitarist and songwriter Jeff Jensen closes Road Worn and Ragged with "Thankful," a funky/soulful ode to a musical life well-lived; it's a sentiment not often associated with the angsty 3-chord art form that is the blues. But we should all be so thankful for what the blues has given American music, despite its roots in some dark chapters of our country's past. Jeff seems to get that,…See More
Sep 19, 2013
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Review of "Seize the Hay" by the Gregg Daigle Band

On a recent trip to hometown Albuquerque, I was lucky enough to catch a show featuring one of the southwest's foremost pickers of all things stringed. Gregg Daigle is equally at home whether flatpicking an acoustic guitar, coaxing bluesy licks from an electric, navigating the tight fretboard spaces of a mandolin, or clawing the banjo. Full disclosure, Gregg was my…See More
Sep 10, 2013
Ben Bonin posted a blog post

Review of "Seize the Hay" by the Gregg Daigle Band

On a recent trip to hometown Albuquerque, I was lucky enough to catch a show featuring one of the southwest's foremost pickers of all things stringed. Gregg Daigle is equally at home whether flatpicking an acoustic guitar, coaxing bluesy licks from an electric, navigating the tight fretboard spaces of a mandolin, or clawing the banjo. Full disclosure, Gregg was my…See More
Sep 8, 2013
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

New Rhythm & Blues from Buddy Guy

It was with some trepidation that I spun Buddy Guy's latest 2-disc effort, Rhythm & Blues. Not trepidation because Buddy has somehow lost his game; at age 76, he can still lay waste to blues pickers a quarter his age. And not trepidation just because I long for the Chess and Vanguard-era Buddy of the 60s and 70s. No, my…See More
Aug 1, 2013
Ben Bonin posted a blog post

New Rhythm & Blues from Buddy Guy

It was with some trepidation that I spun Buddy Guy's latest 2-disc effort, Rhythm & Blues. Not trepidation because Buddy has somehow lost his game; at age 76, he can still lay waste to blues pickers a quarter his age. And not trepidation just because I long for the Chess and Vanguard-era Buddy of the 60s and 70s. No, my…See More
Jul 29, 2013
Douglas Strobel commented on Ben Bonin's blog post 'Review of "Blues and Trouble" by Grand Marquis'
"I agree with the assessment that what a blues band brings to the table shows in a number of ways....one thing is obvious: ROOTS & knowing them....I have met good players who don't know Willie McTell wrote Statesboro Blues...or if they…"
Jul 4, 2013
Rick J Bowen commented on Ben Bonin's blog post 'Review of "Blues and Trouble" by Grand Marquis'
"Nice review of a fine album...cheers! "
Jul 1, 2013
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Review of "Blues and Trouble" by Grand Marquis

Attention-grabbing contemporary blues acts -- bands that really encourage listeners to pull classic albums out of rotation -- can be hard to find. Fair or not, it usually takes something special to pique my interest; exceptional tunesmithing and musicianship, a unique instrumental lineup, or a sound that draws from diverse traditions. Blues and Trouble, the new album from Kansas City-based Grand…See More
Jun 30, 2013

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Review of Dream Dictionary by Jim Campilongo

Dream Dictionary is consistent with Jim’s creative trajectory since American Hips (2003). Operating largely in a trio format (Dictionary features Josh Dion on drums and Chris Morrissey on bass), Campy picks, bends, and squawks his way through twelve tunes that demonstrate his uncanny ability to infuse the well-trodden soundscapes of Americana with a beautifully eclectic and instantly recognizable electric imprint. Fans of the guitarist’s output over the past…

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Posted on February 22, 2014 at 2:30pm

Twangers, Rockers, and Blues Howlers: Americana Album Highlights of 2013

I'm always surprised by how challenging it is to assemble the ubiquitous "Year-end Top 10" post. When asked to distill a year of great music into just ten albums, I usually find myself going back and forth, constantly revising the list based on shifting criteria. For my highlights post, as opposed to my formal Top 10 submission, I attempted to hit on a broader range of Americana sub-genres and artists at varying levels of visibility. And oh yeah, I also tend a guitar blog -- so I made sure…

Continue

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 10:27pm — 1 Comment

Reviews of New Music from The White Buffalo and Anders Osborne

Two new albums from a pair of songwriter/guitarists with righteous facial hair. The perfect soundtrack to Movember!

Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways by The White Buffalo

It's been almost two years since Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo, released his outstanding sophomore LP Once Upon a Time in the West. That…

Continue

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 11:00pm

Review of "Road Worn and Ragged" by Jeff Jensen

Blues guitarist and songwriter Jeff Jensen closes Road Worn and Ragged with "Thankful," a funky/soulful ode to a musical life well-lived; it's a sentiment not often associated with the angsty 3-chord art form that is the blues. But we should all be so thankful for what the blues has given American music, despite its roots in some dark chapters of our country's past. Jeff seems…

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Posted on September 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

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