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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Bob Feldman Tribute – Fitzgerald Theater (St. Paul, MN)

Red House Records owner Bob Feldman was a round man with a sharp mind and a cavernous laugh who embraced music with contagious passion and exquisite taste. On the very rare occasions when he disagreed with the artists on his roster, he’d settle it by challenging them to leg wrestle (Peter Ostroushko was better at [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Florida Funk, 1968-1975

Formally, Florida Funk is a sequel to Texas Funk and Midwest Funk, Jazzman Records’ other collections of R&B rarities from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Informally, it’s part of a much longer list of recent regional funk reissues. There’s Southern Funkin’ on the Beat Goes Public label, Funky Funky Chicago and Funky Funky Detroit [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Volume 2 & 3

This double-disc follow-up to last year’s tribute to the venerable Chicago institution finds ever more obscure performers tackling ever more essential tunes — some ancient, some only sounding that way. On the first disc, Tanglewood churns up the seafaring sing-along “South Australia”; Kelly Hogan & Scott Ligon duet kindly on Tom Paxton’s “Last Thing On [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection

Vee-Jay Records of Chicago was not the first successful black-owned label — Duke-Peacock of Houston stakes a better claim to that title — but until Motown exploded, it was certainly the most successful. This four-disc box is unquestionably a definitive collection, far superior to 1993′s three-CD The Vee-Jay Story. Founded in Gary, Indiana, in 1953 [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Atlantic Blues, 1949-1970

In 1949, Granville “Stick” McGhee (And His Buddies) saved Atlantic Records from Shakespeare. Stick had recorded a song called “Drinkin’ Wine”, and one of Atlantic’s distributors needed a bunch of copies but couldn’t find it. Atlantic did them one better: They found Stick and his older brother Brownie and re-recorded the tune. It became an [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

50 Years Of Stax – Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA)

It’s been a half-century since Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton founded Stax Records in an old South Memphis movie house, and Concord Records, the historic soul label’s current owner, has been making the most of the anniversary with some high-profile gigs. In March, Booker T. & the MGs played a smoking, intimate set and backed [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – The Sandinista Project

When the Clash released their sprawling messterpiece Sandinista back in 1980, the general consensus was that this was a political manifesto as much as it was a musical endeavor. Perhaps this was because they named the three-record set after a communist-inspired Nicaraguan rebel group that had recently won its revolution, and had yet to be [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – Anchored In Love: A Tribute To June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash came into this world as a niece to A.P. Carter, who was a giant of American music, as stoic and distant as a Civil War portrait. Her mother, Maybelle, was a beloved matriarch, not just of a gifted brood but of an entire genre of music. As if this weren’t enough to [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – Just One More: A Musical Tribute To Larry Brown

Larry Brown, the renowned southern writer who passed away in November 2004, loved music. Unlike many writers of his stature, he never forgot where he was from and even celebrated that place in his novels, short stories, and memoirs. Brown is remembered as one of the masters at capturing a sense of place, and one [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Stagecoach Music Festival – Empire Polo Fields (Indio, CA)

The Empire Polo Fields are 78 acres of verdant man-made carpeting bordered by lush groves of date palm groves and the jagged pink-and-blue ridges of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The grounds have barely been cleared of the plastic water bottles and glow sticks from the previous weekend’s Coachella Festival, but there’s a sense of relief [...]

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  • No Depression Is Getting a Facelift: A Note About What's Around the Bend
    Ever since we announced that No Depression had been acquired by FreshGrass back in March, we’ve heard from many of you with questions, concerns, and ideas about the future of this website and the community that gathers here. We created a forum topic at that time so we could organize these comments and refer to them frequently, which we have done as we’ve dev […]
  • Eric Clapton - Unplugged, 2CD+DVD (Album Review)
    Here’s a slightly unusual candidate for reissue: Eric Clapton‘s 1992 Unplugged album. To my knowledge, this massively commercially successful album has never gone out of print, which begs the question: why reissue it? To be fair, this 2014 reissue does include some bonus material. But first, let’s take a look at the original… […]
  • Getting to Know Ashley Sofia -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    Have you ever had the feeling that a musician may have traveled through space and time during a recording project?  Music critics and fans are hailing Ashley Sofia as a 21st century reincarnation of the Laurel Canyon folk-rock sound  on the early 1970s. Ashley’s songwriting and captivating voice make for a great combination; she’s definitely worth a… […]
  • Getting to Know Jesse Terry -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    I first got to hear Jesse Terry at NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) two years ago.  I was captivated by his songs and he had such a nice, easy rapport with his audience that it was impossible to ignore his presence at a conference full of hundreds of other singer-songwriters. One listen wasn’t enough. Two listens wasn’t enough. You get the… […]
  • Learning Songwriting at the Feet of Steve Earle
    Steve Earle has his eye on the history books. Not for himself, necessarily - though I doubt he’d object - but for his art form, “songwriting as literature.” With Camp Copperhead, Steve seemed to be trying to secure this form a place in history. “Four days of singing and songwriting,” the marketing materials promised. “Hard core.” I’m a non-professional songw […]
  • Jack Clement – For Once And For All (Album Review)
    Allen, Reynolds, and a laid-back, masterful collection of familiar Clement-penned country classics. A decade of Clement-penned originals plus a pair of co-writes grace this late music legend’s third solo collection, released just short of a year after his passing aged 82. Memphis-raised Jack Henderson Clement launched his career with the renowned imprint Sun […]

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