• 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 ...
  • Personal Fave Lists (Recordings)

    Personal Fave Lists (Recordings)

    Let’s get this out of the way right now. Terrific as they are, this list won’t include Hendrix’s extraordinary retooling of “All Along The Watchtower,” The Byrds’ jingle-jangly “Mr. Tambourine Man,” or Joan Baez’s sublime ...
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Americana

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Americana

    Reports earlier this year that Neil Young had made an album of songs by seminal American songwriter Stephen Foster had some expecting a genteel acoustic collection. Guess again. On his first recording with the complete ...
  • Paul Simon: Graceland

    Paul Simon: Graceland

    A sense of wonder still emanates from the graceful South African rhythms heard on this controversial, Grammy-winning 1986 album, newly reissued as a 180- gram LP and a four-disc 25th anniversary deluxe-edition box set. It’s ...
  • Joe Walsh: Analog Man

    Joe Walsh: Analog Man

    “Welcome to cyber-space, I’m lost in a fog/Everything’s digital, I’m still analog” proclaims Joe Walsh in “Analog Man,” the title track of his first solo release in nearly twenty years. He’s toying with us, of ...

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