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Wayne Kramer is someone who's life story I'd very much like to read. From lead guitar in the Mighty MC5 to prison inmate to social activist (he recently interviewed Pussy Riot, and is constantly active in speaking out against such injustices) to new father, Kramer's life has an interesting story in every chapter. His latest record release (and first jazz album), Lexington, (from Kramer's own label,…Continue
Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment
If you've ever gone out in Los Angeles, chances are you've seen Paul Chesne play. One of the - if not THE - hardest working musicians in L.A., Chesne has been listed in the L.A. Weekly or L.A. Times Calendar section, usually multiple times, every week for the past 15 years. That's playing out an average of three times a week, on top of a full-time (mercifully flexible) day job, handling everything himself. Because he's a musician that simply…Continue
Posted on February 25, 2014 at 2:30pm
Congratulations to Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite on winning the 2014 Grammy for Best Blues Album for their sublime Get Up!
I'm reposting my review from when it came out here to say "I told you so!" in the best possible way. And to encourage you to listen to this tribute to the blues all the time. Cheers to all involved!
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Much has already been written about the excellent new album Get Up! from Ben Harper…Continue
Posted on January 27, 2014 at 10:30am
Whoa. Last night was one for the books at The Mint in Los Angeles. It's fun when you're friends with everyone on the bill, and last night's acts are some of my dearest. The occasion was the (east side) cd release of Tom Freund's The Stronghold Sessions double live album, and also the (east side) debut of Sister Lacey Cowden. PLUS Chris Joyner. We were gonna tie. one. ON.
Posted on November 21, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments