Rant ‘N’ Roll: Blues X 2

BETHLEHEM, PA—The legendary James Cotton may be hitting 80 in July but when he was helped to the stage and sat down to blow his historic harp, it totally transcended bassist Noel Neal, drummer Jerry Porter, new guitarist Mike Williams and the rest of The Musikfest Café into a Beale …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Real Deal

Hank Williams never heard rock ‘n’ roll but Marty Stuart sure did. Seeing Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at The Sellersville Theater was like seeing Hank before they kicked him off the Grand Ole Opry stage for being drunk. History. Something I’ll tell my grandchildren about. He’s a larger-than-life …

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The Fab Faux: Better Than The Beatles

The Fab Faux knows every single song The Beatles ever recorded, almost 300 of ‘em. To experience these songs performed live with the musicianship of these particular gentlemen, is to experience them anew. It’s not a clone band. They don’t don wigs and affect Brit accents. It’s akin to a …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jerry Lee Lewis Will Live Forever

In 1953, when Jerry Lee Lewis was barely 18, he had a son with his second wife. He’d stay out all night ravaging pianos in broken-down palaces to hordes of drunks who’d egg him on and slip him little Benzedrine pills so he’d never stop playing. It’d be 4:00 in …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Whimsical Frisell, Hendu Can Do & Tedious Brilliance

Guitarists come and guitarists go and a few of them seemingly stick around forever. Bill Frisell, 63, is in this latter category. He’s kissed the sky so many times in his evolving artistry that I thought I had him pegged as this avant-garde fusionist with forays into classical, noise …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Caught Between Heaven And Hell

EASTON, PA—That age-old conundrum of God versus the Devil came up recently when I had to decide whether to go see Marilyn Manson at the Sands in Bethlehem or Sister Act at the State Theatre in Easton. Manson’s satanic aesthetic held sway since one of his recent interviews included enough …

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Celebrating Mardi Gras

For those of us unlucky enough not to make it down to Louisiana for this year’s New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, Philly Gumbo is bringing a taste of the French Quarter to Pennsylvania at The Sellersville Theater located just off Route #309 on Fat Tuesday, February 17, at 8:00. Steeped …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Cuba’s Musical Mystery + Two Cool Gringos

Now that our anything-but-lame duck of a President has finally grown a set of balls in doing everything by himself without the dickhead Republicans, I wanna go to Havana! Oh man, baseball! Music! Beaches! I hear the hotels won’t really be top-notch ready for years but still…

Meanwhile, we have …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Bruce – The First Seven Albums

Listening to Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Volume #1 1973-1984 (Columbia/Legacy) back to back to back to back to back to back to back (easy as they’re all short), one gets the growth, the detours and the effect of stardom on an artist’s music (and don’t let anybody tell you …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Classical Gas & Other Delights

“Like Rain it sounded till it curved/And then I knew ‘twas wind/It walked as wet as any Wave/But swept as dry as sand/When it had pushed itself away/To some remotest Plain…”—Emily Dickinson [1830-1886]

Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu [1930-1996] was musically influenced by French composer Claude Debussy [1862-1918] but his “And …

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