Rant ‘N’ Roll: Real Rock ‘N’ Roll Sprouts Up Thru Cracks In The Mainstream Sidewalk

Bluesman Robert Johnson was murdered in Baptist Town, Mississippi, just north of Greenwood, in 1938 at the age of 27. The Mike Eldred Trio, consisting of two ex-Blasters and one Mike Eldred, a singer/songwriter of some repute, memorializes the event in “Somebody Been Runnin’.” Searching for his grave with …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Louisiana Rock, Texas Folk, Indonesian Fusion & Weird Cello Music

Tommy Malone of The Subdudes (whose Primitive Streak was one of the best rock records of 1996) and Ray Ganucheau of the Continental Drifters (cool collective with a Bangle, a Cowsill, a dB and a Dream Syndicate guy) have joined forces as The Batture Boys to self-release their debut six-song …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: No One Gets Out Of Here Alive

“Those are people who died, died/They were all my friends and they died.”—Jim Carroll

               

                Soul singer Billy Paul, 81, died April 24 from pancreatic cancer, at his New Jersey home in Gloucester Township. He served in the Army with Elvis Presley. His Grammy-winning “Me And Mrs. Jones” was the …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Tasha Taylor, Carlo Ditta & Town Mountain

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Tasha Taylor was born in Dallas and raised on a tour bus. Her promising 2008 Revival debut preceded 2011’s Taylormade on which she covered her daddy’s “Who’s Makin’ Love.” Her third CD, Honey For The Biscuit (Ruf Records), makes your mouth water. She wrote all 13 tracks, plays a …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: British Babes Of Dubious Distinction

London’s Ace Records has just released Love Hit Me: Decca Beat Girls 1962-1970. It’s filled with guilty pleasures, fascinating rhythms, pretty faces, sexy purrs, slurs, outrageous finds and unlistenable mistakes. Its 24 tracks unleashes “The Swinging Sixties” Carnaby Street style where mods and rockers chose girls for the height …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Sarah Vaughan Forever

You could make a case for Newark’s own Sarah Vaughan [1924-1990] as the greatest American voice of them all. They called her “The Divine One.” On March 29, at the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall, the United States Postal Service honored her legacy by issuing a “Commemorative …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Jazz Page

Bassist Brian Bromberg has come Full Circle on his new 11-track Artistry Music CD. Opening and closing with his dad’s old Tucson combo, Brian, through the magic of tape, has recorded himself playing bass with his father. (The dad, Howard Bromberg, suffered a fatal stroke prior to the son becoming …

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We Banjo 3: From Ireland To New York

They come from Galway to spread what they call their “Celt-Grass,” a combo of American bluegrass and Irish folk. Consisting of banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals, percussion, We Banjo 3 is made up of four musicians on loan from “Culture Ireland” as a “Global Showcase.” They’ll be performing at The

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: New Orleans, Kansas City, Nashville

Loretta Lynn has come Full Circle on her new Legacy Recordings CD. The 83-year-old coal miner’s daughter has sold over 45 million records and is also the subject of a new documentary film, Still A Mountain Girl. Produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and the son of Johnny …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Transcending Blues And Tango

In 1994, guitar-slinging singer/songwriter Kelly Richey dropped her Sister’s Gotta Problem debut and followed it up in ’95 with The Blues Don’t Lie. In the 20 years since, she’s put out 13 more blues-belting barn-stormers that accentuate her husky alto voice, filled with the kind of swagger usually reserved …

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