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Shuggie Otis at The Orange Peel, Asheville NC 9 October 2013 (Part One)

One evening early in September 2013, I was on the phone with a good friend. “Shuggie Otis is playing next month at The Orange Peel,” I announced. “What?! No…” Clearly I was mistaken, he thought. “He’s dead.” No he’s not, I assured my friend. But that belief is a common, understandable mistake. Son of famed

Album Review: Sly and the Family Stone — Higher!

The work of Sly Stone has long called for a collection like this one. A set bringing together 77 tracks across four discs, it includes not only the obvious hits – and there were so many – but a pile of fascinating rarities and obscurities. The rare and/or unreleased juvenilia on the first disc is

July Capsule Reviews, #3 of 3

Today I present yet four more capsule reviews. Today’s crop includes reissues on the Real Gone Music label. RGM is committed to unearthing long- (and unjustly-) forgotten music, and these four titles — all from the too-often-maligned decade of the 1970s – certainly meet that standard. My self-imposed limit for this particular exercise is 150

Album Review: Redtenbacher’s Funkestra – The Cooker

A very good friend of mine – a drummer and a serious student of music – has, in the last several years, become quite wary – cynical, almost – about musical genre labeling. In his case, it’s the term garage rock. “I can’t tell you how many times,” he’ll say, “that some band has advertised

Album Review: Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information / Wings of Love

There are many stories in pop music history centering around artists who – for one reason or another — never quite fulfilled their potential. More often than not, those reasons tend to fall into one (or both) of two categories: substance or psychological issues, and/or management that was bad, inept or (at worst) malevolent. Whatever

Album Review: Gene Harris – The Three Sounds

The venerable Blue Note label has long been a trademark of quality; even if you’re not familiar with the artist or the recorded work, chances are that if it came out on Blue Note, it’s at least worth checking out. And that’s true for the pair of confusingly- and similarly-named albums released in the early