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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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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #60 Nov-Dec 2005

Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God

I saw the Pogues play only once, in 1989, as frontman Shane MacGowan was descending into drunkenness and a certain Tim Burton film was dominating the box office. Soused beyond measure, MacGowan staggered around the stage with little interest in singing, belching out a slurred and incoherent rant instead. The only words I could make [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #58 July-Aug 2005

Doris Duke – I’m A Loser

Doris Duke’s only major hit was “To The Other Woman (I’m The Other Woman)”, a country-soul song that sits right at the border separating Millie Jackson from Tammy Wynette. It was also the final track on 1969′s I’m A Loser, one of those albums with a mystique that threatens to render the record itself anticlimactic. [...]

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Sittin' & Thinkin' - Essay from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Highway to Heaven Revisited

Among the disadvantages of being Bob Dylan, I imagine, is enduring the aftermath of being dubbed the voice of your generation. It’s one thing to switch from folk to rock just as millions of people were waiting, without realizing it, for you to push your talents in that direction. It’s quite another to become a [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #20 March-April 1999

Billy Joe Shaver – Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill (Highway 71, TX)

Poodie’s Bar & Grill is the kind of place they’d call a “redneck bar” out in California. Located on the eastern edge of the Hill Country, its jukebox is stocked with old-fashioned country and Southern-flavored rock; its wall decor betrays three motifs: beer, Texas, and Willie Nelson. It’s a cozy joint, and on this night [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #17 Sept-Oct 1998

Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies

Some remember Ray and Dave Davies for those wry English singles of the late ’60s: “Waterloo Sunset”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Autumn Almanac” and the like, songs as steeped in music-hall tradition as they are in rock ‘n’ roll. Some associate them with the driving garage rock that first made their band, the Kinks, famous — early [...]

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From the Blogs

  • SummerTyne Americana Festival #9 - Jumping Hot Club Stage (Gateshead, U.K. - July 18-20, 2014)
    Wow, it’s taken nearly two weeks for me to get my breath back after another frantic and wonderful SummerTyne Americana Festival. As I say every year, the crowds turn up not knowing anyone on the Jumping Hot Club Outside stage and go away with their favourite new artist of the year. Starting at noon on Friday, the outside stage hosted seven local acts, all wi […]
  • What Happens When a Band on the Rise Finds Out Its Name Is an Obscure Racial Stereotype? Meet Parsonsfield (Formerly Poor Old Shine).
    For Poor Old Shine, it started with a song… a traditional prison work song of the American South, called “Ain’t No Cane on This Brazos.” It’s been interpreted by everyone from Dylan and the Band, to the Low Anthem, Lyle Lovett and the Wood Brothers. And it was the song in one of the great scenes in the movie “Festival Express,” as a completely blotto Rick Da […]
  • Getting to Know Wendy Cahill -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    Wendy Cahill has a voice.  She’s got a voice that is captivating and beguiling.  She’s got soul.  And like I said above, man-oh-man, she has got a Voice.  It’s raw and powerful and is definitely meant to be heard! Wendy Cahill is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  The Emerging Artist showcase is always one of the h […]
  • The Post-Newport Earthquake: Watkins Family Hour
    Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time.  Sunday night […]
  • Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Album Review)
    “This music proves that a white man with white hair can really play the blues,” Pete Townsend says in the booklet that accompanies True To the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, the four-CD box set retrospective of Winter's career just out on Columbia /Legacy. But age had nothing to do with Winter's look or sound. Due to his albinism, Winter's ha […]
  • Americana Music Show Episode #200 Tribute to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill music scene
    On episode 200 of the Americana Music Show, I pay tribute to local bands and songwriters in the Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC area.  This week features over 30 local artists from the area including John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff, Lyn Blakey, Jefferson Hart and Ghosts of Old North State, Mandolin Orange, Jon Shain, Radar's Clowns Of Se […]

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