I talked with Bruce Robison a few days ago about his and Kelly Willis’ new album, Our Year. The full interview will appear in a couple of days, but during the conversation, Bruce mentioned the new video of “Motor City […]
It’s so great to have Candi Staton back. Not that she ever went away, but on her new album, Life Happens (Beracah/Fame), her voice resonates with a force that shouts, “I’m here to tell you that bad stuff happens in […]
In March 1969, after several years of steeping themselves in the British blues, the soul of their Southern homeland, and the rock and roll emerging from England at the time – and playing as the Escorts, the Hourglass, and the […]
“It’s better to burn out than to fade away,” Neil Young so memorably sang in his “Hey Hey, My, My (Into the Black),” the song that famously provides the counterpart to his “My, My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” […]
Tribute albums can be tricky. Artists paying their respects to the subject of their veneration on the album find themselves confronted with a decision about how faithfully they should hew to the artist’s original versions of a song. If they […]
Right from the opening notes on any Leon Russell song, you know you’re in for the ride of your life, and his new album, Life Journey, is no different. His unmistakable bluesy, barrel roll piano runs careen around the dirt […]
John Oates has never been satisfied to sit still musically; he’s always seeking to make music that combines the soulfulness of R&B and soul, the hard edges of rock, the social consciousness and storytelling of folk, and the good time […]
Old postcards carry us back into worlds that we sometimes dimly recall or into a world that we wished we might have inhabited. Those collections of unadorned streets and neighborhoods represent a world often so far from our own present […]
When Stuart Duncan’s fiddle leaps off the first song, “You Don’t Run Across My Mind,” on veteran songwriter Irene Kelley’s new album, Pennsylvania Coal, we can’t help but be transported out of this moment and carried by Kelley’s sparkling voice—backed […]
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