Rant ‘N’ Roll: What Would Phil Ochs Write Today Had He Not Hanged Himself?

“It’s not enough to know the world is absurd and restrict yourself to point out the fact. Still, I am forced to go on because I don’t want the world to be left in the hands of the Hitlers. This one thing I feel is a driving force: that I …

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One-On-One With Graham Nash: “America Is A Big Joke Right Now…And We Know Why”

Two-time Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash continues to impress with a late career surge filled with some of the best songs he’s written in decades. From the 2012 resurgence of Crosby, Stills & Nash to 2015’s darkly brilliant solo effort, This Path Tonight, on to his …

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Rant’n’Roll: Jersey Blues, Florida Rock, Amazing Devi, Controversy, Worldbeat & Aussie Pop…Meanwhile, Back At The Cafe

Jersey vocalist Mike Esposito has the blues. He also has bluegrass, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll up his sleeve and if you ever happen to witness him sitting there with his Mississippi National Steel Guitar, you would do yourself a favor to stop and listen. That’s exactly what I …

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Rant’n’Roll: Greta Gaines, Procol Harum, Nico Sarbanes, Van Morrison & The Trumpet Mastery Of Sean Jones

Greta Gaines hadn’t written a song in years but after last November’s surrealistic election, the seven compositions of her sixth CD Tumbleweed (on her own Big Air Records) came fast. Based in Nashville but more Chrissy Hynde than Martina McBride, Gaines, with longtime partner Eric Fritsch, explored themes of nostalgia, …

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Rant’n’Roll: Korean Jazz, Human Horn, Soul Man, Two Legends, Beatle Blues, Heavy Metal & Swamp Pop

Ee-Ya-Gi (Mama Records) by the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra is a flower in early spring yearning to bloom. Hong is from Seoul, South Korea, but has been living and working in New York City for the last 15 years, gathering up the musicians who inhabit her 18-piece orchestra. It’s a …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Horizontal Jazz, Mystery Man, Electronica, Dixieland, Bobby Darin & A Solo Bangle

Pianist/Composer David Feldman, 40, adds guitarist Toninho Horta and trombonist Raul De Souza to his working trio and his third CD comes out as Horizonte (DFM). Born in Rio de Janeiro, Feldman moved to New York City to seriously study jazz, join Slide Hampton’s band and jam with the …

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It’s That Time Of Year Again: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ! The venerable Stone Pony Summer Stage is open for business. On July 1, at a special start time of 6:00 p.m., Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes will no doubt perform songs from their last two brilliant-as-all-hell projects:  Live From E Street and SOULTIME!

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Rant’n’Roll: High School Heroes, Prohibition Jazz, New Orleans Tradition And A Free Concert Series

There’s a reason they called it “The Roaring Twenties.” Those who watch HBO’s Boardwalk Empire know the feeling. Jazz in the era of prohibition [1920-1933] was tinged by the illegality of alcohol consumption so—in this pre-rock ‘n’ roll era where folks still had to get wild to something—there was always …

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Rant’n’Roll: Rubbing Shoulders With The Real Deals At The Bourbon Street Blues Fest

(Photo by Cathy Miller)

It certainly was a thrill and an honor to get up on stage as longtime Aquarian dude and introduce Chicago blues practitioner Bernard Allison to a staunch assemblage of blues fans who cheered lustily when I mentioned that the legendary Luther Allison [1939-1997] was his father. …

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A Certifiable Classic Rock Giant: Bobby Whitlock And Coco Carmel

Bobby Whitlock, 69, a seminal figure in rock ‘n’ roll history, who started Derek & The Dominos with Clapton (co-writing seven Layla songs), who played with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, George Harrison, Sam & Dave and Booker T & The MGs, is on the road with wife Coco

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