A Boy At Play: Colin Hay

Born in Scotland, raised in Australia, Colin Hay, 63, fronted Men At Work in the ‘80s to massive success but quit being a man at work when he became a California boy at play in the ‘90s. That’s when his solo work artistically eclipsed his younger band days. He …

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Rant’n’Roll: The Best Music You’ve Never Heard And The Best Artists You’ve Never Heard Of

The Lucas Haneman Express, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, rocks on its second CD. Tearing Up The Rails has 12 originals plus covers of Steppenwolf’s 1968 “Magic Carpet Ride” and the 1984 Bryan Adams hit “Run To You,” which they actually improve upon, thus taking it out of its long-held …

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Rant’n’Roll: Piano Dead, Americana, Hindu Fusion, Jersey Gospel

Holly Bowling has totally revamped the music of the Grateful Dead on her epic two-CD solo piano work Better Left Unsung (Royal Potato Family). She did the same thing on her ambitious Distillation Of A Dream: The Music Of Phish Reimagined For Solo Piano. On both projects, she’s painstakingly transcribed …

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Rant’n’Roll: Cigar Store Blues, South Bronx Jazz, Indonesian Prog-Rock, Gospel-Jazz, Midnight Mass & A Guy Named Tas

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band cordially invites you to their Cigar Store (Indie Pool) where lead singer Corey Lueck spits out his phlegm all over the first few rows. He also plays a hell of a mean blues harp, as well as co-writing some instant classics like “Hoodoo Woman,” “White …

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Fuck You, 2016: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Between Prince, Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Trump, 2016 can kiss my ass. So there’s no better way to say good riddance to arguably the worst year in decades than to head on down the shore to get rowdy with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at the Count Basie Theatre

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Rant’n’Roll: JanTuran, Syjo, Fifth, Pink Floyd & Arkansas Reggae

Jan-Turan, Photographs Copyright John Rocklin all rights reserved.

JanTuran is a duo made up of a former teenaged 1970s New York City recording engineer apprentice (Ramona Jan) and her multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter man Andre Turan. Legendary is their self-released, self-produced CD in tribute to all the artists Jan worked with including …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Kentucky Headhunters, Beekman, Anna Webber & A Guy Named Dizzy

Irving, Texas, March 14, 1992—The Kentucky Headhunters stop at the football field where the Dallas Cowboys play but there is no game today. Willie Nelson is hosting the fifth annual Farm Aid. I’m still semi-sleeping in my coffin-sized bunk, remembering not to forget that I will severely bang my head …

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Rant’n’Roll: Canadian Blues, Lou Reed, Italian-Alternative, Bluegrass, Accordian Jams And More Blues

When rock bands do the blues, it could come out terrible (Aerosmith’s Honkin’ On Bobo) or sublime (Eric Clapton’s From the Cradle). Colin James is a Canadian treasure. For his 18th album (Blue Highways on True North Records), his first all-blues effort has 13 classics infused with …

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Rant’n’Roll: Zach Schmidt, Danny Marks, Alexandro Escovedo, James Brandon Lewis & Charlie Rich

Singer/Songwriter Zach Schmidt has lived enough life for a dozen lifetimes. He once rode his bicycle cross-country. He’s been a cattle rancher in Texas and a train-hopping hobo in Pittsburgh. Now based in Nashville, his follow-up to 2013’s Horse or Truck or Train is the self-produced and self-released The Day

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Rant’n’Roll: Homeward Bound: The Life Of Paul Simon

Peter Ames Carlin has done it again. His Bruce bio shed more light on Springsteen than any previous book, was eminently readable and enjoyed the participation of its subject. Now here comes rhymin’ Simon, 75, in the pages of Homeward Bound (Henry Holt and Company; hardcover; $32.00), a book filled …

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