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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The True Essence Of Musikfest

PHOTO: The author (right) with friends at Musikfest 2014

BETHLEHEM, PA—It’s a time to discover new music. It’s a time to be with friends, experiment with international cuisine, walk walk walk from show to show, have a party, dance, sing and scuffle with security (but only if you go…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Dana, Sean, Orrin & The Rev

Dana Robbins currently plays in the touring bands of Aretha Franklin and Delbert McClinton. The Michigan native, now living in Nashville, spent a decade in Los Angeles where she toured and recorded with Barry Manilow. The girl can’t help it. She was born to blow: be it soprano, alto…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Four Gems

The cover of When The Deal Goes Down (Deadbeet) has David Olney dealing out the ace of spades. The inside cover has him smirking as cards fly around his head. He knows the ace of spades is the death card. Do you? On the back cover, he’s contemplating a…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Shake It Up, Baby

NEW YORK, NY—Piece Of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story opened recently at the Signature Center on 42nd Street. The brand new rock musical features 26 of the title character’s songs played by a rampaging rock ‘n’ roll big-band, obscured from on high, and performed by a cast overflowing…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Musikfest 2014

The first 10 days of August are going to be filled with the sound of 347 music artists, 337 of which are free. Welcome to Musikfest, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, an hour away from North Jersey, for my money, the best damn festival in America. Why not? It’s right where I…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Almighty Rock-Jazz-Blues Triumvirate

I’m boycotting Roger Waters, as he has seen fit to boycott Israel and attempt to get other bands to do the same. The Rolling Stones ignored him and reportedly played some dynamite shows in Tel Aviv (wish I could say the same for Stevie Wonder so fuck him too).…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Mid-Year 2014 Top 10 Considerations

Colleen Rennison, 25, knows a good song when she hears it. The sultry Canadian—when she’s not acting—is singing…and it may be time to give up her day job. There’s something about her voice that only the greats have. Piaf. Lady Day. Ronstadt. You can’t exactly put your finger on…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Hard Rock, Jazz, Worldbeat, Blues & Americana

The only album of The Marcus Hook Roll Band of Australia—Tales Of Old Grand-Daddy—has finally been released stateside by Parlophone 41 years after the fact. There never was anyone named Marcus Hook. To think that if these drunken teenagers ever took themselves seriously enough in 1973 to promote the…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Treasures Waiting To Be Found

Through the dust, dirt, insects, rot, grime and antique furniture of his grandpa’s hand-me-down West Tennessee farm, Joseph LeMay has hand-crafted something beautiful. It’s now his own self-released Seventeen Acres debut and he has to take care of it and his new wife. This takes perseverance, nerves of iron,…

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Dudley, Dolly, Soul, Blues, Rockabilly & Indie Rock

Dudley Taft rocks the blues like ZZ Top or Led Zep. Screaming In The Wind (American Blues Artist) is an apt name for his third album (after last year’s impressive Deep Deep Blue). With the addition of keyboards, Buddy Guy’s producer and his own Cincinnati studio/house that he bought…

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