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Folk Alliance International 2018

Five Days of Music, Memories and Resonating Returns You might say that the annual Folk Alliance International conference is an embarrassment of riches. Where else can you find performances by literally hundreds of the most lauded names in folk, bluegrass, Americana and, yes, Grassicana? Where one minute you’re witnessing an…

Margo Price - A Sound Accomplishment

With Her Superb New Album, Margo Price Proves It’s Possible to Best Success It’s something of a misnomer to proclaim any up and coming artist an overnight sensation, even when the success he or she has attained seems instantaneous. After all, in most cases, the artist has toiled relentlessly, albeit…

All That Jazz - Montreal Jazz Festival

Montreal Jazz Festival Soars to New Heights Montreal is amazing. The closest thing to a European metropolis in the whole of North America -- Quebec aside -- it’s the ideal  setting for the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal, easily one of the most amazing and diverse festivals of its…

'70s Rock & Romance Cruise Encourages a Nudge of Nostalgia

 AMERICA “When we talk about surviving the ‘70s, are we talking about the decade or a certain age?” That comment from John Hall, the erstwhile leader of the band Orleans, made during a panel discussion about the impact of music from that particular decade drew several chuckles, but it was…

Warren Haynes - A Journeyman Musician Tours in Tribute to the Band

Referring to guitarist, vocalist, musical arranger and bandleader Warren Haynes as a journeyman musician is kind of skin to making note of of the fact that it often snows in the arctic. In other words, it's simply stating the obvious. While his day job with Gov’t mule and ongoing efforts…

Tedeschi Trucks Band Tennessee Theater - Knoxville, TN

January 26, 2017 Husband-wife partnerships can be tenuous. At times they find a stronger partner adding a less talented mate merely to assure domestic tranquility.  Other times, they lead to a competitive situation which could cause a frayed relationships at home. Happily then, the Tedeschi Trucks Band seems to have…

Justin Hayward - A Timeless Troubador Muses About Days of Future Passed

At age 70, Justin Hayward could very well afford to retire and rest on his laurels, relishing a reputation that elevated him to the upper tier of British rock superstardom, not only for his role helming the Moody Blues, but also for a solo career that was recently encapsulated with…

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Subterrene By Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

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by Lee Zimmerman

It’s been five years since the last album appeared by Portland Oregon’s Casey Neill &…

Stars for Eyes by Mark Huff

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by Lee Zimmerman

Stars for Eyes is easily Mark Huff’s most accessible effort yet. It’s a set of…

Tearing at the Seams by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

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by Lee Zimmerman

As they proved so convincingly on their 2015 self-titled debut, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night…

NRBQ by NRBQ

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by Lee Zimmerman

Looking back in retrospect, NRBQ’s eponymous debut seems like a remarkable feat even now. A…

Loner by Caroline Rose

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by Lee Zimmerman

Caroline Rose boasts a quirky kind of persona. Where once she would have been branded…

Choke Cherry Tree by Ben Miller Band

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by Lee Zimmerman

First impressions can be deceiving. And given the fact that certain members of the Ben…

Me & Joe by Max Gomez

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by Lee Zimmerman

Max Gomez has a natural affinity for making music of the well worn and slightly…

The Wild by Rural Alberta Advantage

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by Mark Seder

In a very real sense, The Wild proves a descriptive title for this, the fourth…

Cry Cry Cry by Wolf Parade

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by Lee Zimmerman

There’s something to be said for music with mystique. Ready refrains aside, the lure that…

Undivided Heart & Soul by JD McPherson

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by Lee Zimmerman

JD McPherson doesn’t mess around. On the final song of his new album, he declares…

Black Irish by Shannon McNally

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by Lee Zimmerman

Having originated in the most difficult of circumstances -- after nursing her terminally ill mother…

Hustle Up Starlings by Matthew Ryan

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by Lee Zimmerman

Matthew Ryan’s built his career by creating an elusive sort of sound. Despite his knack…

Clipper Ship by Wooden Wand

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by Lee Zimmerman

The nom de plum for singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth, Wooden Wand has been variously labelled…

Still Testifying by My Darling Clementine

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by Lee Zimmerman

At first, Michael Weston King’s decision to team up with his wife, singer Lou Dalgeish,…

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