John Mellencamp: Live At The Ryman Nashville

Walk tall through this world –John Mellencamp, “Walk Tall”, 2004 I was born in a small town. Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town. Believe it or not, I lived in an eight-room farmhouse, baby. (And no, I am not embellishing the facts.) When I speak, I have a southern drawl. I’ve walked…

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BUDDY GUY LIVE AT LEGENDS REVIEW

Buddy Guy at Buddy Guy’s Legends – Chicago, IL – January 08, 2015 I’ve wanted to see Buddy Guy play at his own club for almost twenty years.  He does a residency at his club each January and all his shows normally sell out.  I’ve never been able to work out the dates with my…

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A Conversation With Robert Ellis

 A CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT ELLIS I am late to the party. Robert Ellis released his 3rd CD, The Lights From The Chemical Plant, in February 2014 and much to my eternal shame and chagrin, I first heard it only a week ago.  That’s right, 7 days ago.  I don’t know if cultural exasperation, generational pull…

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At 82, Bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch Launches New Album

At age 82, bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch rocks on stage like a teenager — dancing and spinning as he beats out jagged chords and grimy solos on his pink, sparkle-covered guitar. That raw youthful energy and Welch’s old-school juke-joint jones blend full-throttle in the 10 songs on I Don’t Prefer No Blues, his second release for Fat Possum Records’ subsidiary Big Legal…

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The Young – Chrome Cactus

Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Young have been knocking out solid rock albums since 2007.  Their newest, Chrome Cactus, is a welcome addition to their catalogue and to your music collection. The first track, “Metal Flake,” could be a song about a burned-out metal head.  The heavy opening riffs, fuzzed guitars, and sort-of distant lyrics…

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New Mavericks Album Mono Coming Feb 17

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Mavericks, who’ve made magic in the studio and delivered their genre-defying sound to live audiences since the early ’90s, will release Mono (The Valory Music Co.) on February 17, 2015, and two days later will embark on their “one-world” themed Mono Mundo Tour 2015. The Grammy®-winning band first shared the exciting…

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Elephant Stone – The Three Poison

I must admit that I’m biased toward this band and this album.  Elephant Stone is one of my wife’s favorite bands and we were lucky enough to see them perform this album live at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest pre-party show.  I’ve been looking forward to the release of The Three Poisons ever since. “Motherless…

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Billy Dee Williams – Let’s Misbehave

Yes, you are reading that right.  Billy Dee Williams, star of such films as Lady Sings the Blues, Hit!, Nighthawks, and some little movies called Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, cut an album. This forgotten album from 1961 was a collection of Broadway standards and original songs…

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