Author Archives: Mike Greenblatt

About Mike Greenblatt

A longtime music journalist, Mike Greenblatt is a contributing editor with Goldmine magazine.

4 CDs: YET MORE PROOF AMERICANA IS A SURGING GENRE

Royal Southern Brotherhood

From Jennifer Greer’s heartbreak to Scott Albert Johnson’s wanderlust and the very special Kail Baxley, singer/songwriting has never sprouted up in-between the weeds so prevalently. Add the rockin’ joyousness of Royal Southern Brotherhood and you get a winning four-of-a-kind hand.

The fire In Richie Furay

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Richie Furay started out wanting to be a rock star, then found Christ and became a pastor. Now, with a brand new album, “Hand in Hand,” he finds comfort in being a solo artist when he’s not ministering.

Montreal International Jazz Fest, June 26-July 5

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Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, John Scofield, Ron Carter, King Sunny Ade, John Medeski, Wayne Shorter, Chris Botti, Steve Miller Band, Erykah Badu, Lucinda Williams, John Mayall, James Cotton, Madeleine Peyroux and Robert Glaspar might be giants but the essence of the upcoming Montreal International Jazz Festival June 26-July 5 are the free shows of Ragtime, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Folk, Rock, hiphop, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Fusion, Gospel, Folk, Pop, and every other imaginable genre!

4 CDs: Kurt Weill, Salina, Angry Metal and Smoked Herring

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It’s a safe bet to assume you have never heard “Mack The Knife” interpreted like The Julia Hulsmann Quartet featuring Theo Blackman. Other sounds you have never ever heard before include a band comprised of but two bassists and a drummer plus the kind of introspective songs that Salina Sias (pictured) has brought from Texas to Brooklyn. We top it all off with some delicious post-bop Smoked Herring.

Mac Attack: The Doctor Is In

Dr. John

Seeing Dr. John at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s MusikFest Café is an experience like no other, for it is here where the venue itself is as big an attraction as the artists it brings in.