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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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Southside Johnny Brings Rare Event To Asbury Park

They used to call them Sock Hops: a bunch of dancing teenagers and a guy with a record player brought together by the American Junior Red Cross in 1944 to raise money for the war effort. By 1948, it was a full-blown trend with no altruistic sub-text. In the ‘50s, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Balkun Brothers, Jefferson Grizzard, Dining Rooms & Aruan Ortiz

French label Dixiefrog Records has released the self-titled debut of Connecticut’s Balkun Brothers where they go from zero to 60 in three seconds as they put the pedal to the metal on opener “Been Drivin’.” (You’ll hear traces of Golden Earring’s “Radar Love.”) Producer Popa Chubby is always going to …

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: South Africa Comes To America

All the way from South Africa, prepare to be blown away Thursday, Feb. 18, at 8:00 p.m. in the Sellersville Theater (PA). Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with their harmonies, counterpoint, vocal acrobatics, choreography and consummate showmanship results in a rollicking evening with nary an instrument played. Famous before they …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: One Last Look Back…

At the end of every year there’s scads of valid CDs in a big pile waiting for their turn to be loved, yet every year it’s impossible to get to them all, thus this: one last look back at 2015.

In November, I learned that there’s more coming out of …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: A Quick Word From ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons

The tour’s almost over. ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons has been supporting the release of the kick-ass Afro-Cuban-scented Perfectamundo (Concord Records) by Billy Gibbons and The BFGs, his solo band away from the motherhood of ZZ land. Dude’s sold millions and millions of records since The Moving Sidewalks (1967) became …

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