Rant ‘N’ Roll: Dudley, Dolly, Soul, Blues, Rockabilly & Indie Rock

Dudley Taft rocks the blues like ZZ Top or Led Zep. Screaming In The Wind (American Blues Artist) is an apt name for his third album (after last year’s impressive Deep Deep Blue). With the addition of keyboards, Buddy Guy’s producer and his own Cincinnati studio/house that he bought …

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Reverend Horton Heat: The Righteous Reverend

Reverend Horton Heat has been preaching the soul of punkabilly, psychobilly and surf-rock for 29 years and he don’t need no keyboards or horns to get his point across. Somehow someway, if you rock, you’re going to have to cross paths with this individualistic one-of-a-kind Texan. Might as well be …

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The Mavericks: Don’t Like Country?

The Mavericks, from Miami, led by Raul Malo, a Cuban-American, may be marketed as country, but they have more in common with Roy Orbison, the Everlys or Buddy Holly than they do with today’s homogenized “country” crap. Live, they kick it hard yet can swing and sway with such …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Man

Musikfest Café, Bethlehem, PA—He came out of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1980 as part of a duo with Donald Harrison, two young lions harkening back to bop as part of a “New Traditionalist” movement in 1984 with their New York Second Line album. 31 albums later, I can’t think …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz Festival

Arguably the greatest jazz album of 2011 was When The Heart Emerges Glistening, a masterful debut from composer/trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, born and raised in Oakland, California. It had everything and was everything jazz is supposed to evolve into. For his follow-up, this winner of the prestigious 2007 Thelonious …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Three Diametrically Opposed Sounds

The year was 1987. Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s Kremlin, in an effort to promote his transparent Glasnost policy of friendship to the West, invited Billy Joel to perform the first fully-staged high-energy American rock ‘n’ roll show behind the Iron Curtain. Joel jumped at the chance. How could Gorbachev—who, compared …

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Terence Blanchard: Ghosts Of Trumpets Past

New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard comes from a long line of such that started with Buddy Bolden [1877-1931], King Oliver [1881-1938], Louis Armstrong [1901-1971], Bix Beiderbecke [1903-1931] and on through Wynton Marsalis and Trombone Shorty (who could just as easily have named himself Trumpet Shorty). Terence has so much soul …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Son Of Bonzo

Jason Bonham must hate Robert Plant.

The rightful heir to the Led Zeppelin drum seat, Jason, 47, is the only son of Zep’s only drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham who died in 1980 at 32 from acute alcohol poisoning after downing 40 vodka shots. Jason, dare I say it, is as …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Buckle Your Seat Belt

NEW YORK, NY—The crowd at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 47th Street got into a time machine to go back to 1932 and revel in the “jungle music” of The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Deep in the heart of Harlem, The Cotton Club was the slightly dangerous mob-run destination for whites …

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Fred Tackett And Paul Barrere: New Orleans Suspects +2

Any New Orleans Suspects show is guaranteed to make you shake what your mama gave you, but on this most special occasion, Fred Tackett and Paul Barrere of Little Feat (pictured) will go on first as a duo, then watch the Suspects do their thing, then join them in a …

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