You might not agree with his politics, but the man sure knew how to throw a party. For his '89 inauguration gala, G.W. Bush the first hosted a musical shindig worthy of a superstar arena tour.
The backing band was almost as impressive as the front line. Led by Billy Preston's B-3, Booker T and the MG'S' Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn along with CBS Orchestra's Anton Figg on drums, that core band mingled with members of Delbert McClinton's Band and Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double…Continue
Posted on April 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
Growing up in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, you'd think that bluegrass music would have seeped into your pores. But Asheville's Turchi ain't about that. The band calls its sound kudzu boogie, mixing hill country fuzz and swampy hoodoo fonk, blending Dr. John, the North Mississippi Allstars and R.L Burnside. “I think all over the place is a pretty fair description,” frontman/guitarist Reed Turchi says.
Their latest, Can't Bury Your Past, was recorded in Memphis,…Continue
Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:00am
People who like to throw labels around once labeled his music alt country. ’”I don’t know what that means,” singer/ guitarist John Howie says. His sound is what country used to sound like and still oughta if it has that label. It's honky-tonk as all get out, full of twang and tension, peppered with pedal steel and hosted by a voice that sounds like it just unfurled itself from the toes of Ernest Tubb's muddy cowboy boots.
The Chapel Hill native…Continue
Posted on April 22, 2014 at 3:30pm
You could have just as well called John Nemeth's latest release Soul from Spudsville. No matter what the location, everything the Boise, Idaho native touches turns to soul. This one he calls Memphis Grease because it was recorded there in his new adopted homebase, slathered with boilin' Memphis guitar and punched up with Stax style fatback horns, but the spirit and sound of 50's r&b and soul is the backbone.
His take on Otis Rush's “Three Times A Fool” sounds like…Continue
Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:00am