Author Archives: Mike Greenblatt

About Mike Greenblatt

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

Delicious Catfood: El Paso Label Releases Two Gems

Tiger in a Cage Hi-Res Cover

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.


Elvis  - TODAY_Cover

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.

Jaco Movie Filled with Great Music and Tears


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.

Getting Kinky (Friedman)


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.

Strange Bedfellows: 311, Cradle Of Filth and James Taylor


In a world filled with choices, it is my contention that listening to the heavy metal screeching bombast of Cradle Of Filth makes the soothing sounds of James Taylor all the more profound. Likewise, Taylor’s beauty, “Before This World,” makes me yearn for the alt-rock of 311. And vice-versa. It’s all good, as they say.

Rock pioneer Bobby Whitlock hits the road again

Bobby Whitlock and his wife CoCo Carmel. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson/courtesy of Kayos Production.

Playing the songs that have lived on for generations — songs that he wrote with Eric Clapton — Bobby Whitlock and his talented wife CoCo Carmel will travel 5,000 miles to 11 cities on their “Just Us” tour that will feature a different hotshot guitarist in each city.