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Lucky Girl     Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Producer Carter Sampson’s fifth album, Lucky (Horton Records), is a died-in-the-wool traditional country gem but with alt-pop sensibilities. Her pe...

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Songs Of Illness and Death   Before The Devil Steals Your Soul (Coffeegrinds Music) by Blue Largo is a delicious slab of retro (their fourth). Vocalist Alicia Aragon and guitarist/composer Eric Lie...

Spotlight – Sister Sparrow

This Bird Has Flown   Sister Sparrow will rock the house -- as she always does -- with her barrage of horns and Soul Appeal Dec. 1 at Irving Plaza in Manhattan and Dec. 29 at the Levon Helm Studio in Wo...

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Holy Smoke!     Koko Mojo Records has put out a few dozen of these compilations of rare ‘50s rock ’n’ roll/bop ’n’ soul but none of ‘em has been completely devoid of clinkers. That’s not to sa...

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An Abundance of Cervini     Abundance (Anzic Records) by Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop has the wildly eclectic Canadian sextet reaching out simultaneously in numerous directions, oftentimes in t...

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The Maturation of Bonamassa     Redemption (J&R Adventures), Joe Bonamassa’s 13th solo studio album, is all-original and it burns like arson. He’s taken his blues-rock to creative new height...

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In Tribute   Was there ever a more enigmatic American songwriter than Fred Neil? Born in Ohio, raised in Florida, he died at age 65 in 2001 from skin cancer. As a Brill Building composer, his songs were...

Spotlight – Blues To The Max

  With his second solo album called The Big Bad Blues, ZZ Top lead guitarist/vocalist Billy F Gibbons will stroll onto the stage of New York City’s Iridium on Broadway and 51st Street for two shows October...

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Black Eyed Wonder Pea Jazz     When the Black Eyed Peas hit No. 1 in 2003 with “Where Is The Love?” they had no idea 15 years later it would be turned into a hot six-minute jazz jam. When Stev...