Rant ‘N’ Roll: A Blues-Rock-Jazz Triumvirate

I found myself Rollin’ With The Blues Boss (Stony Plain) over and over again. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, 70, is an American master of boogie woogie, R&B, blues and rock ‘n’ roll who’s been living in Vancouver, Canada, for 30 years. He’s Fats Domino crossed with Chuck Berry’s longtime …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Five Gems

Here’s a guy who had a successful singer/songwriter career opening shows for Crowded House, the Beach Boys and the Neville Brothers before he realized what was most important to him: raising a family. Eventually, Dave Ellis started writing music again for a local Seattle repertory theater. Upon being diagnosed with …

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Leopold & His Fiction: Must-See

Their lead singer Daniel James is from Detroit but the band is getting raves deep in the heart of Texas. Blues, folk-rock, garage-rock, Americana and soul is the collective palette upon which this dynamite live band paints its pictures. James burns on lead guitar too. It’s ballsy boogie, an honest …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Three Out Of Four Ain’t Bad

He’s just a skinny guy with ink and a Mississippi National Steel Guitar. Brent Johnson’s aptly-named Set The World On Fire may be his debut on Canada’s Justin Time Records, but he was born in South Texas and raised in Louisiana…and it shows.

His originals have flair—especially “Long Way …

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Ray Wylie Hubbard: Country Outlaw

Like his more famous compatriots Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver and the late Waylon Jennings, Ray Wylie Hubbard, 67, is a throwback to those who rebelled against the Nashville star-maker machinery to go his own way. If he wrote nothin’ else but …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: She And Him

Levi Lowrey is “Trying Not To Die.” It’s a song from his third CD, Levi Lowrey (Southern Ground). In today’s telegenic version of what substitutes for country music, those pickers, singers and writers who would stand out in any era have a harder time getting noticed through all the crap. …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Chops, Chops And More Chops

Tweed Funk has been bringin’ it ‘round the globe since 2010. The horns pump it up to create the kind of sweat-filled funked-up blues ‘n’ soul that tickles your innards. First Name Lucky (Tweed Tone Records) is a dandy approximation of their balls-to-the-wall live show.

I’m bettin’ on these bad-ass …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz, Jimi And Americana

“Genius” is probably the most over-used word in any critic’s vocabulary, but in the case of Seattle saxophonist Steve Treseler, it’s apt. Center Song (Creative Music Adventures), by the Steve Treseler Group, is a 13-track jazz gem (one of the best of the year so far) featuring trumpeter Ingrid …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Blues Festival

In 1965, a generation of British rock bands took to American blues to revitalize the genre into something exciting and new…at least to this 14-year-old Jersey kid’s ears. I honestly cannot say that I was hip enough to be listening to Muddy Waters or Howling Wolf back then, but I …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Back To The CD Pile…

Microclimates (self-released) by Brushfire Stankgrass is hippie to the core. Its combo of bluegrass and jam-grass goes from back-porch mountain Appalachia to futuristic electric eclectic electronica via a schizoid program of alternately funky and funny progressive folk songs for the mentally unbalanced (stankgrass.com).

No Depression Legacy Edition (Sony Legacy) by …

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