3 New CDs…3 New Gems: a multi-artist re-imagining of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.,” a new band, Brothers Keeper, made up of longtime industry veterans, and an old band, The Duke Robillard Band, stretching the blues into various sub-genres be it Memphis, Texas, Alabama or, uh, Rhode Island. Well, almost.
What if a label put its greatest stars all on the stage at the same time? Mack Avenue did it in Detroit and the result is rather godly. Plus two new women I’ve totally fallen in love with and, finally, is “Inventio” the greatest album of oddness in history?
Elvis Presley fans should swoon over a new 10-disc boxed set centering on The King’s return to live performing in 1970 Las Vegas. Delbert McClinton fans should know there’s a female Delbert on the loose! New York Singer/Songwriter Bill Curreri hits the sweet spot on his second album in 40 years. Three satisfying listens!!
From an action-packed Seattle bar where guitarist Coco Montoya drives ‘em wild to a supremely upscale New York City club where pianist Cyrus Chestnut draws oohs and ahhs to mellifluous samba fathoming the mind of the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim, this blog’s entries will have you panting for more. Hey, it ain’t rock ‘n’ roll, but I like it!
If there’s one time every year I look forward to most, it’s Bethlehem, Pa., Musikfest. With more than 300 live acts presented for free (and a few biggies you have to pay for), it’s time to get your kicks walking from stage to stage and seeing the greatest variety of music of any such fest in the country. Ready to join me?!
Three distinct genres…three incredible bands…three great new CDs…from the jam-band glory of The String Cheese Incident and the Afro-Pop all-out action Of Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 to The Levon Helm Band, recorded at his Midnight Rambles over the course of many years with very special guests.
Four new releases spotlight four diverse visions of artistry, from the samba of Studio Rio to the synth-pop of Philadelphia’s Resistor to the pure clean organic country of Madison King to the jazz of Wolfgang Muthspiel. Feel like experimenting? You can’t go wrong with these four.
Bert Berns co-wrote “Twist & Shout,” “Hang On Sloopy” and “Piece Of My Heart.” He produced “Cherry Cherry,” “Cry To Me” and “Brown Eyed Girl.” Living on borrowed time, he lived life at 100 mph. The mob boys loved him. What a book! This is the ’60s NYC Music Industry at its most naked.
She was married to Mick Fleetwood. Her sister was married to George Harrison and Eric Clapton. The quotes she gets in her book are the type of quotes nobody would get from such legends! “It’s Not Only Rock’n’Roll” Rings True In Its 2013 Update
Whether solo or in a group, Ivo Perelman challenges listeners with his avant garde music. Plus, new CDs for Harvey Mason, Oscar Penas, Mike Montrey Band and George Marinelli.