Rant ‘N’ Roll: Dion Dares

“I’ve been sitting here thinkin’ ‘bout when I started in drinking and went on to dope/

I cried a tear in a beer for me I lost everything near and dear to me mainly my children and my wife/

My idea of having a good time was sitting with my …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: In Harmony With David Crosby

BETHLEHEM, PA, July 5, 2015—Upon at first demurring at the inconsequential nature of the question posed to him by this reporter backstage in his dressing room after his one-man show at the Musikfest Café, he answered it. He was holding court, being a good sport despite his ravenous hunger, posing …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: One-On-One With Folksinger Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin’s new CD, 70 (Sundance Music), is also his age. It may be his best work. Certainly, it’s his best in years. Heartfelt, warm, satisfying, musically stimulating and vocally friendly, his range of subjects remain personal, universal and political. Nothing new there. He was properly schooled in New York …

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Ian Tyson: For The First Time In Decades

In the 1960s, Canada’s Ian & Sylvia were right there in spearheading the folk music boom. In the ‘70s, Ian Tyson hosted his own TV show. In the ‘80s, he went solo turning to cowboy music. He’s the real deal and it’s a total rarity to see him perform in …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Madeleine Peyroux Invokes Ghosts

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Madeleine Peyroux performs on stage at Royal Festival Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival 2009 on November 20, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns) *** Local Caption *** Madeleine Peyroux

BETHLEHEM, PA—The Musikfest Café was never so quiet. Madeleine Peyroux was …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Brill Building Greatness, Jams, Heartache and Still-Smokeless Cohen

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry worked right down the hall from Carol King and Gerry Goffin at the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway on the corner of 49th Street. The two married couples were friends and rivals, both spewing out hits, well, for everyone. Prior to the advent of bands who …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Israeli Blues, Jeff Beck, White Soul And “A Love Mechanic”

The blues knows no geographical borders: Lazer Lloyd is Israel’s “King Of Blues Rock.” He’s even been on the road when his wife and five children had to hunker down in a bomb shelter. Chicago’s Lots of Love Records has released his self-titled 12-track third album containing 11 originals and …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Travel Section – Oh! Canada!

The 2004 Guinness Book Of World Records listed the Montreal International Jazz Festival as the largest jazz fest in the world. Event organizers claim roughly two million people pass through its free and paid concerts every year with hundreds of shows spread out over 11 days. This year, from June …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Final Day In Paradise

New Orleans, Louisiana; May 3, 2015—With visions of Saturday’s human gridlock dancing in my head, I made my way, on the final day of the 46th edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, to witness Big Chief Kevin Goodman & The Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Spring Break

New Orleans, Louisiana. May 1, 2015—The Fair Grounds Race Course had first been dumped with rain at the outset of the April 24-May 3 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. My three days at the end were beautiful and as I made my way to the Gospel …

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