Rant’n’Roll: Fab Faux Solo, FEM Confessional, Rough-Hewn Troubadour & Southside Does Bruce

Each of the seven tracks on the self-released, self-produced Lake Songs by Jack Snax is totally different. He could’ve made seven entire albums in each direction. Snax is actually Jack Petruzzelli of The Fab Faux. He’s the guy who brings down the house every single time he sings “Oh Darling.” …

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Rant’n’Roll: A Blues Hero, Ambient Strings, Ivo & Hiromi + Outrageous Jazz/Rock Fusion

Eric Bibb is a blues hero. In his own way, he’s the equal of previous generations of blues heroes both rural and urban. Bibb is both. His 37 albums in a half-century contain nary a bum track. His brilliant Migration Blues (Stony Plain) perfectly captures the zeitgeist of Trump’s alt-right …

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Honky-Tonk Heaven: Bourbon Street Blues Fest

On May 20 and 21, in Stanhope NJ, at the Waterloo Concert Field, at Allamuchy State Park, the tenth annual Bourbon Street Blues Fest will present on Saturday Americana hero Mike Zito, Lee Delray, Bernard Alison, the Bob Lanza and Above Ground Blues Bands and Kenny Wayne Shephard. …

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Rant’n’Roll: Alternative Americana, The Return Of The Prodigal Son, Prog-Blues, Samba, Banjo Deluxe, The Hook & The Almighty Ju

Tolerance Ends Love Begins, the self-released third CD by North Carolina indie co-operative Pinkerton Raid, is a family affair. Eleven musicians—on synthesizers, Hammond B-3, trombone, trumpet, drums, banjo, acoustic/electric guitars and vocals—accent the songs of three talented siblings. Jesse and Katie Deconto are the twin lead vocalists while …

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Rant’n’Roll: Beauty & Truth, Going In Circles, The Sinking Of The Sewol Ferry, A Certifiable Legend & Monk’s Cha Cha

Pianist/Composer/Euro Hero Joachim Kuhn can usually be found sitting alone in his remote hideaway in Ibiza, an island off the coast of Spain, overlooking the Mediterranean, contemplating his ever-continuing musical adventures, playing his piano and composing. Now in his 70s, Kuhn has made a lasting mark both as a leader …

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Rant’n’Roll: Hollywood Gold, Civil Rights Poetry, Fem-Centric Blues, & Metal x 2

Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack The Harry Warren Songbook on Got Music Records. Warren [1893-1981] was the prolific co-writer of Hollywood movie songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Guitarist/Composer Doug Munro is his nephew. His bands—four different line-ups on four separate sessions—take Warren’s music and infuse it with the …

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Rant’n’Roll: Moonkyung Lee, Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang, Canadian Pleasures, Two Jasons, One Dead Legend & Philadelphia Freedom

Tell Tchaikovsky the news! Moonkyung Lee, the violinist with a Ph.D, who plays the ax once owned by the late comedian Jack Benny, revamps Works For Violin & Orchestra (Navona Records) with the London Symphony, all by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [1877-1993].

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Ha Noi Duo (ACT Music) by Nguyen

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Rant’n’Roll: Father-Son Duo, Forgotten Fare x 2, San Juan Folklore, Australian Blues, Brazilian Samba, A Brooklyn Pianist & A British Ball-Busting Mama

Not too many father-son duos out there but saxophonist Rich Halley and his drummer son Carson Halley are definitely to be listened to on The Wild (Pine Eagle Records). Their 10 improvisations could only be manifested by almost 20 years of recording, performing and traveling together. Take Rich’s tenor sax …

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Rant’n’Roll: Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Ray Lyon, A Planetary Prince, Wordless Vocals, ‘Bone Man, A Reunion & Mad Props For Eager Earnestness

Library Pennsylvania (just south of Pittsburgh) was originally known as Loafer’s Hollow prior to the town’s first library being built there in 1833. The jazz septet known as Mostly Other People Do The Killing has named its second CD, Loafer’s Hollow, after the original name of that town. In …

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Kris Kristofferson @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center

BETHLEHEM, PA—If there was a Cultural Mount Rushmore, Kris Kristofferson would be one of the faces chiseled out of stone. Looking every inch the rock star at 80, this bona-fide American Treasure—maybe the greatest living songwriter of them all—wore his cleanest dirty shirt and stumbled on the stage to meet …

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