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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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Esoteric Exotica

Piero Umiliani’s Fischiando In Beat (Schema Records, Italy) is, admittedly, one of those guilty pleasures I don’t necessarily crow about (sorta like my six Britney Spears CDs). It’s an orchestral flourish of such stimulating background music that it’s like a soundtrack for a bad sitcom that doesn’t exist. Yet …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Children Of Giants

What to do if your dad is one of the most beloved men on the planet, arguably America’s Greatest Living Songwriter, still going strong (and vital) at 82 touring, recording, cherry-picking well-deserved awards, almost single-handedly saving the family farmer and known for smoking prodigious amounts of the strongest pot in …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Record Company Rocks

CREDIT: Jacob Blickenstaff – Brooklyn, NY – October 5, 2015 – The Record Company (Alex Stiff, Chris Voss, Marc Carzorla)

It feels good to actually get excited about a new rock ‘n’ roll band in an age when every other genre in the world is capturing my attention. Don’t get …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Abyss; Buyepongo; Pacific Harp Project

In my January 20 Rant, I was supposed to interview professional wrestler Abyss who I got to know personally in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over rice, beans, salsa, rum, cigars, ocean, rock ‘n’ roll and some extremely high-definition women. He didn’t show up for lunch. He didn’t return my …

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