Rant ‘N’ Roll: Bluegrass, Blues And Pure Garbage

Why don’t more jam band fans dig bluegrass? It’s practically the same aesthetic. The stringed wizardry, the unerring interplay and the long jams (especially the newer ‘grass bands and the fusion bluegrass bands known as new-grass or jazz-grass) have so much in common with the hippie vibe of good jam …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Samba, Folk & Jazz

I was 15 in 1966 when one of my very few non-rock ‘n’ roll albums became essential. It was called Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 and I wore that sucker out. I had a little $10 toy record player. This guy my mom was dating, Arnie The …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Ethnomusicology

Larkin Poe was a Civil War wagon driver/historian whose prose didn’t have as dark a side as his cousin, Edgar Allan Poe [1809-1849]. His great great great great granddaughters Rebecca and Megan Lovell have named their band after him. Their Kin debut (RH Music) was co-produced by Chris Seefried (Lana …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz

Trilogy (Stretch Records/Concord Jazz), by Chick Corea, is a milestone recording in the piano legend’s 50-year career chronicling a world tour in trio format with master musicians (and leaders in their own right) bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Considering it was recorded in Washington DC, California, Spain, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: What Is Hip?

In 1973, Tower Of Power asked that musical question, “What Is Hip?” The song’s lyricist, Doc Kupka, was quoted at the time as saying, “Being `hip’ is so short-lived. You can be hip today by wearing your hair a certain way. But what’s hip today might become passé.” To which …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Natural-Born Beauties

Only Worn One Time (Mesa/Bluemoon) by singer/songwriter Dulcie Taylor & Friends is a beautifully crafted 11-track credo of personal proportions. She writes from the heart. Filled with provocative imagery, universal sentiment and hopeful (yet oftentimes sad) story-songs, her folksy Americana comes to the fore with the help of some master …

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Rantin’ N’ A’ Rollin’ At The Big Rock Show

ALLENTOWN, PA—The Eagles might have christened the brand spankin’ new PPL Arena but Steve Winwood and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers broke the place in and tore the cover off the ball (to use a beloved baseball analogy). Y’know how when you go to see a favorite band, you usually …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Somi, Sena and Rob

Rob Stone blows. His Gotta Keep Rollin’ (VizzTone) cuts to the bone when it comes to danceable blues. His harmonica is infused with the kind of chops one can only learn from touring ‘round the world, recording four albums and playing with the kind of blues heavyweights where you better …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: JP, Mac & Melissa

Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) has finally made the Louis Armstrong tribute album he’s always wanted to make. It’s called Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch (Proper/Concord) and no one but Mac could’ve possibly made it in this way. Sure, he’s honored Armstrong before…but only onstage with two “Props To Pops” concerts, one …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Ute And Mud And Rodney

McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, would be 100 had he not died in 1983 at the age of 70. To celebrate that fact, his son, Mud Morganfield, has paired up with Fabulous Thunderbird harp player Kim Wilson to release For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters (Severn). …

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