• Superheavy

    Superheavy

    Super groups are a stock-in-trade in the rock world but seldom live up to their billing. That’s the case with Superheavy. Producer and ex-Eurhythmic Dave Stewart built this East meets West band in 2009 around ...
  • Steve Cropper: Dedicated

    Steve Cropper: Dedicated

    Steve Cropper, Grammy-nominated Rock Hall of Fame guitarist, recorded Dedicated as a heartfelt tribute to fellow guitarist Lowman “Pete” Pauling and his pioneering 50s R&B group, The 5 Royales. Cropper was the house guitarist of ...
  • Imelda May: Mayhem

    Imelda May: Mayhem

    Its heyday had about the lifespan of a mayfly but rockabilly has had a habit of cropping up in slightly altered form throughout every rock ’n’ roll era. Ireland’s fetching cool kitty Imelda May Higham ...
  • Samantha Fish: Runaway

    Samantha Fish: Runaway

    Hailing from Kansas City, 23-year-old Samantha Fish is the latest in an emerging generation of young female blues singers- songwriters-guitarists who learned their blues from Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan and their songwriting angles ...
  • Davy Graham: Folks, Blues and Beyond

    Davy Graham: Folks, Blues and Beyond

    There’s almost nothing in the music of Pentangle, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, or any of the members of those groups that wasn’t directly inspired by one larger-than-life guitarist named Davy Graham. As the young man ...
  • Jennifer Warnes: The Well

    Jennifer Warnes: The Well

    Jennifer Warnes is one of the most underrated pop singers of her generation. Her albums, though few and far between, brim with melody and craft—and lyrics both intelligent and emotionally weighted. The Well was originally ...
  • Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest

    Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest

    Eight years in the making and definitely worth the wait, this latest roots music collaboration from singer/songwriter Gillian Welch and guitarist David Rawlings uses spare vocal harmonies and simple folk instrumentation (guitar, banjo, and harmonica) ...
  • Maria Muldaur: Steady Love

    Maria Muldaur: Steady Love

    On her stomping “Soulful Dress,” Maria Muldaur sings that ”I’ll be at my best when I put on my soulful dress.” Her enticing, smoky-voiced boast about how appealing she is in a certain figure-flattering garment ...
  • Greg Brown: Freak Flag

    Greg Brown: Freak Flag

    “I Don’t Know Anybody in This Town,” with its loping country beat and slinky lead guitar line, may be the sexiest song you’ll ever hear about homelessness, the need for human contact, and the U.S. ...
  • Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

    Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

    Occasionally, when writing a music review, I have a strong hunch that some readers will be so excited to discover something’s been released that my review is almost superfluous—just knowing the record exists will send ...

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