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Album Review: The Pulsators — Let’s Play!

From Petaluma, California comes the six-piece band The Pulsators. The band is led by drummer-vocalist Johnny Campbell, a musician who came to my attention as a member of late’ 70s new wave group The Impostors. That group’s story is featured along with the stories of 28 other artists in my new book, Disturbing the Peace:

Album Review: Gabe Stillman — Just Say the Word

From the roaring slide guitar figure that opens “Give Me Some Time,” on Gabe Stillman’s new Just Say the Word, it’s clear that this youthful musician from Pennsylvania is steeped in the blues. Stillman’s 2020 release, Flying High was a collaborative effort that featured the guitarist backed by renowned heartland blues outfit The Nighthawks. It

Album+Blu-Ray Review: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Live at Knebworth ‘76

Released in September 1976, the double LP One More from the Road has stood the test of time as the definitive (and for many years only) recorded document of Lynyrd Skynyrd live onstage. Save for a pair of “authorized bootlegs” released in 2009, no live recordings have been released featuring the band in its prime.

Album Review: Blue Glass – Jardin des Étoiles

The placid aural landscape that opens Jardin des Étoiles sets the tone for this collection: contemplative, slightly woozy and with a hint of danger. The artist describes the album as seven mood-orientated spaces and starting points for travel and exploration.” I’d say that’s a description that exhibits some healthy self-knowledge; these pieces are evocative, yes,

Album Review: Jupiter Cyclops – Prophets, Prospectors & Madmen

This swaggering Phoenix metal outfit swings for the fences on its debut release. With guitar pyrotechnics woven into a band aesthetic that focuses on ensemble playing, Jupiter cyclops delivers the punch of metal but with an uncommon degree of nuance. As one would expect – demand, really – of this kind of music, the riffs

Album Review: The Black Watch — Here & There

If their music wasn’t so good, I’d almost be a bit annoyed by The Black Watch. John Andrew Fredrick barely gives lovers of his fine, evocative, atmosphere and highly tuneful music enough time to absorb his latest offering before he’s back wit another one of an equally indispensable nature. So here we are mere months

Album Review: James Booker — True: Live at Tipitina’s, April 25, 1978

Though he passed at age 43, New Orleans pianist James Booker earned quite a reputation during his lifetime. The self-anointed Piano Prince of New Orleans had his own brand of r&b-meets-jazz, and counted Dr. John and Harry Connick Jr. among his admirers. Booker’s early career as a musician focused primarily upon live performance, with a

Album Review: Various Artists – Sacred Soul of North Carolina

The culmination of a sequence of events put in motion by two music business leaders, Sacred Soul of North Carolina is an audio document of the current state of a fascinating genre. An early 2020 cultural excursion by Music Maker Foundation’s Tim Duffy and Memphis-based record label head Bruce Watson yielded both new recordings –

Album Review: Trifecta — Fragments

Here’s an easy trivia question for you: What do Craig Blundell, Adam Holzman asnd Nick Beggs have in common? It’s really a trick question, because the judges will allow any number of possible answers. You might have replied that (a) all three men are superb musicians playing progressive rock, or (b) all three are members

Album Review: The Weeklings — In Their Own Write

Had The Weeklings never done anything beyond the perfect Beatles pastiche of “Little Tease,” they wold be worthy of note and praise. But they have done more, and its all worth of further investigation. Listening to those studio recordings, I had strong suspicions that they’d be delightful to experience live onstage. Riffing on a John