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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Chops, Chops And More Chops

Tweed Funk has been bringin’ it ‘round the globe since 2010. The horns pump it up to create the kind of sweat-filled funked-up blues ‘n’ soul that tickles your innards. First Name Lucky (Tweed Tone Records) is a dandy approximation of their balls-to-the-wall live show.

I’m bettin’ on these…

by   |  04/16/2014  |  Comments (0)

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz, Jimi And Americana

“Genius” is probably the most over-used word in any critic’s vocabulary, but in the case of Seattle saxophonist Steve Treseler, it’s apt. Center Song (Creative Music Adventures), by the Steve Treseler Group, is a 13-track jazz gem (one of the best of the year so far) featuring trumpeter Ingrid…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Blues Festival

In 1965, a generation of British rock bands took to American blues to revitalize the genre into something exciting and new…at least to this 14-year-old Jersey kid’s ears. I honestly cannot say that I was hip enough to be listening to Muddy Waters or Howling Wolf back then, but…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Back To The CD Pile…

Microclimates (self-released) by Brushfire Stankgrass is hippie to the core. Its combo of bluegrass and jam-grass goes from back-porch mountain Appalachia to futuristic electric eclectic electronica via a schizoid program of alternately funky and funny progressive folk songs for the mentally unbalanced (

No Depression Legacy Edition (Sony Legacy)…

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Charlie Daniels: Daniels Does Dylan

Charlie Daniels, at 77, still tours at a rate of men one-third his age. This Southern rock icon will bring his band to the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania, on March 28. Never content to rest upon his considerable past laurels, his new album, Off The Grid: Doin’ It Dylan,…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Stones Rolling

Longevity is a pretty damn good reason to be thought of as “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band,” and although I’ve heard the nay-sayers grumble their snark, how many bands can stay rockin’ in a 48-year span? The Rolling Stones Live 1965: Music From` Charlie Is My Darling’

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Rock Of Ages: 1980s Again

The traveling roadshow of Broadway’s Rock Of Ages hits the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania, on March 23, with 28 songs of the era of big hair and power ballads. On Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, small-town girl meets big-city rocker in this romantic comedy that charmingly doesn’t take itself seriously (actors…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Tex-Mex, Blues, Broadway & Bruce

If Southern Hospitality are the new Allmans, then Tampa, Florida’s Damon Fowler is their Duane. On his third Blind Pig solo CD, Sounds Of Home, he covers Johnny Winter (“TV Mama,” not to be confused with the Big Joe Turner song of the same name), Elvis Costello (“Alison”) as…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Five Gems

When the creative director of the South By Southwest festival, Brent Grulke, died unexpectedly at 52 in 2012, five Austin bands and a thousand friends filled The Moody Theater, where the Austin City Limits TV show is filmed, to pay tribute. Texas rock ‘n’ roll troubadour Alejandro Escovedo called…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Party ‘Til You Pass Out Twice

“Who’s the President, Mr. Greenblatt?”

“Do you know where you are, Mr. Greenblatt?”

“What’s your name,” Mr. Greenblatt?

“That’s a trick question,” I answered.

I looked up and tried to get up off my back but they wouldn’t let me. I was told I passed out during the first…

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