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Album Review: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee – Live From the Ash Grove

Growing up in the era of rock, I didn’t stumble across the blues until I was in high school. Frequenting a record store, one day I came across a trio […]

Album Review: Barbara Dane – When I Was a Young Girl / On My Way

With a strong and sonorous voice, Detroit-born singer and guitarist Barbara Dane launched her recording career in the late 1950s. An impassioned political activist, Dane’s music was suffused with an […]

Album Review: Altered Five Blues Band – Testifyin’

A five-song EP recorded in a quick two-day session in Nashville, Testifyin’ is the seventh studio release from this Milwaukee-based quintet. Produced by award-winning Tom Hambridge, the new set showcases […]

Album Review: The Wicked Lo-Down – Out of Line

Formed in 2020 just prior to the world hitting the pause button, New England-based quintet The Wicked Lo-Down builds its sound on a combination of r&b and Texas blues. Led […]

Album Review: Min Xiao-Fen – Metta

I’ve written before about virtuoso musician and composer Min Xiao-Fen. Min has carved out a fascinating and unique niche in the musical world. With a foundation in classical music, she […]

Blue Rain Boots: The Best Feeling in the World

A five-piece group based in Salt Lake City, Blue Rain Boots makes pop music that doesn’t fit easily into any one genre. A vehicle for the songwriting talents of singer […]

Album Review: The Hollywood Stars – Starstruck

It’s fair to look with skepticism upon a revived lineup of a long-lost band from days gone by. Recapturing past glories is a worthy enough goal, but it’s one that […]

Album Review: The Supremes – We Remember Sam Cooke

Gospel-informed soul singer Sam Cooke died tragically in December 1964 in murky circumstances; at the time, Cooke was enjoying a sustained peak as a songwriter, performer and recording artist. In […]

The dB’s: Tar Heelers in the Big Apple (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… At Irving Plaza, The dB’s tore through a dozen songs, including covers of Bobby Lewis’ 1961 hit “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” the Grass Roots’ “Let’s Live for […]

The dB’s: Tar Heelers in the Big Apple (Part 1 of 2)

Two critically-acclaimed albums from the dawn of the alternative rock era have long been found in the United States only as imports. But new reissues of The dB’s Stands for […]