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Album Review: Silent Partners — Changing Times

The stirring, evocative strings that adorn “Ain’t No Right Way to Do Wrong,” the opening track on Silent Partners’ debut album Changing Times, serves notice that the group is no rote blues trio. With a feel that hearkens back to classic soul sides of the ‘70s, the tune is a slow burn that establishes the

Album Reviews: David Javelosa – Atomic Odyssey! and Modern Work Volume One

David Javelosa is an inspired musician whose work is primarily synthesizer-based. But his bent, whimsical and playful approach to music results in sounds that are far from the “serious” kind of thing you might hear on a Malcolm Cecil or Wendy Carlos release. Javelosa’s creative vision takes him in a number of different directions, as

Album Review: The New Mastersounds — The Deplar Effect

For more than two decades now, The New Mastersounds have been creating and refining their winning brand of fusion/funk/what-have-you. Right out of the gate, the result of their creative endeavors was impressive indeed. Their debut long-player, Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds (re-released on vinyl in 2021 and reviewed here) was a solid offering, but

Album Review: The Rockats – Start Over Again

The ‘80s alternative music scene brought with it a few revivals: the Paisley Underground reconstituted the West Coast jangle-psych with bands like the Long Ryders. And a roots/rockabilly revival got underway, spearheaded by bands like The Blasters, The Stray Cats and the recently-departed Robert Gordon. Part of that latter scene was The Rockats. First known

Album Review: John Primer – Hard Times

John Primer has an impressive pedigree; he’s worked as bandleader for Willie Dixon, Magic Slim, Muddy Waters and Junior Wells, which in and of itself is enough to warrant further investigation of his artistry. As a solo artist, he founded the Real Deal Blues Band in Chicago in the mid ‘90s; he has released a

Langhorne Slim and the Confluence of Things

As has been the case among the general population, creatives reacted to the lockdowns and isolation of the pandemic era in a variety of ways. Some found the lack of human contact and disconnection from life’s routines deeply frustrating. For others, the time away from familiar people and activities yielded an unexpected creative wellspring. The

The Freeway Jubilee: Always in Motion

Launched in 2015, The Freeway Revival crafts original uptempo, soulful Southern rock for enthusiastic audiences. And the Asheville-based group builds on the proud tradition of soaring collectives like Delaney & Bonnie and Friends or – a more contemporary reference – Tedeschi Trucks Band. Bassist and songwriter Kenny Crowley spoke with Bold Life between gigs and

Graham Nash: Back to ‘Beginners’

Graham Nash was already a celebrated singer, songwriter and musician when he appeared alongside David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. That was the supergroup’s second public show, but seven years before Nash co-founded The Hollies, one of England’s most successful pop groups. So by the time Nash

Joe Satriani: Telling Stories With and Without Words (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Sometimes the timeline exceeds two years. Satriani mentions “Through a Mother’s Day Darkly,” a breathtaking highlight of The Elephants of Mars. He wrote the song in 1999, while working on what would become Engines of Creation, his eighth studio album. But the unfinished, keyboard-based track didn’t make it onto that record.

Joe Satriani: Telling Stories With and Without Words (Part 1 of 2)

Joe Satriani is the most popular instrumental rock guitarist in the history of music. Though he has yet to win a Grammy Award for his work, Satriani is one of the most often-nominated artists (15 to date). His albums and live performances meet with near universal critical acclaim, and his total record sales to date