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Ben Harper recorded a new album--with his Mom, Ellen Harper. Fittingly, it's titled Childhood Home, and every note and lyric conjures up those feelings of family and home that aren't contained in a house, but in a heart. These hearts are full of shared lifetimes that contain all the pleasure and pain that gave Harper's debut EP its name, so this circle feels not yet enclosed, but full.
The Folk Music Center, founded by Dorothy and Charles Chase (Ellen's parents,…Continue
Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:30pm
Wayne Kramer is someone whose 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