It’s hard not to like “Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs” as a new remastered vinyl reissue. Like the man himself, it
deserves much love.
Linda Gail Lewis rocks on her new Lanark Records release and it even includes a tribute to big brother Jerry Lee Lewis. Linda speaks to Goldmine about it.
“Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records: The Collected Works” is a massive boxed set that you could totally lose yourself in.
For 40 years, Bear Family Records has made each release an event. And with the “40 Years: Bear Family Records” box set, the German giant shows off its pride.
Four new CDs are among state-of-the-art jazz, rock, classical and pop: add a string quartet to the Danny Green Trio and you’ve got some impressive European classical despite the band being from San Diego. Then there’s Kendra Lou’s personal pain, Jim Rotondi’s manifestation of being blue and Jim McKinley’s penchant to just rock out.
Come May in Memphis and it’s my educated guess that 64-year old singer/guitarist Johnny Rawls will be picking up yet another blues award from The Blues Foundation. The Mississippi native has just had his “Tiger In A Cage” released by Catfood Records out of El Paso, Texas, and it’s a damn fine barn-burner of old-school soulman-styled rhythm’n’blues.
The release of “Today (Legacy Edition)” contains not only the original 1975 release but a stripped-down “naked” version of that still-pure Presley voice without all the glitz and glamour: No strings, no background choirs or kitchen sink heavy-handed studio trickery.
Tom Johnston tells Goldmine: “We want to do another studio album.” But that should be no surprise, as The Doobie Brothers
prove to be as productive as ever.
He was an international rock star. The problem was he was also bi-polar and eschewed treatment for acceptance of his condition. Thus, he lived to 35. But what he accomplished in that short time will never be duplicated again. “Jaco,” the movie, lays it all out.
Kinky Friedman is a bit of an outlaw and a whole lot of Renaissance man. And his new album, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” speaks for itself.