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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 – 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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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 #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – Tamburitza! From The Balkans To America: 1910-1950

The tamburitza is a small, pear-shaped stringed instrument, native to the Balkans, with a relatively long neck that falls somewhere between the western Italian mandolin and the eastern Turkish saz. Even in its very construction, this little instrument hints at the often troubled history of its home in the former Yugolavia. As with mandolin orchestras, [...]

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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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From the Blogs

  • Ray LaMontagne at the Woods at Fontanel (Nashville, Tenn. – July 25, 2014)
    Ray LaMontagne writes great songs and makes great records. And that's certainly no small feat. His live shows, though, while being technically and musically superlative, really don't leave the audience with a whole lot to hang on to other than the technique and the music. There's no personal engagement on LaMontagne's part. It's as i […]
  • Freight Train Boogie Show #264 features new music from Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes
    FTB Show #264 features the new album by Old Crow Medicine Show called Remedy.  Also new music from Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts.  Here's the direct link to … […]
  • Vancouver International Folk Festival Day Two (Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC - July 19th, 2014)
    While Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Festival focuses on main stage performances, the rest of the weekend on the sprawling festival grounds of Jericho Beach is as notable for its smaller workshop performances. This was especially true this year. This particular Saturday started with the official public announcement of Joan Baez's cancellation. Perha […]
  • Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)
    The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revol […]
  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldma […]

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