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Album Review: Leo Bud Welch – I Don’t Prefer No Blues

When I first heard the debut album by then-81 year old Leo “Bud Welch (2014’s Sabougla Voices), one of my initial thoughts was that the fine record would have even wider appeal if it wasn’t so lyrically gospel-centered. Of course that’s the man’s right to make the kind of music he wants to, I told

Album Review: R.L. Burnside — Too Bad Jim

Here’s something that can be described as the sweet spot in a Venn diagram charting a curiosity, a history lesson, and an authentic modern-day reading of country blues. R.L. Burnside‘s Too Bad Jim – newly reissued on vinyl; more about that presently – sounds for all the world like a classic country blues session, the

Album Review: Jimbo Mathus — Dark Night of the Soul

I can make no legitimate claim to an ability to define Americana. Like the former chief justice said about another art form, I know it when I, um, hear it. And for my money, Jimbo Mathus‘ Dark Night of the Soul fits that description in the best way. For those who haven’t been paying close