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Composer/guitarist Jim “Kimo” West is best known for his work with “Weird Al” Yankovic – he’s played on all of his albums since 1984 – but on his own his vision has taken a radically different path. Separated from Yankovic’s hilarious parodies, West explores less commercial terrain. Fascinated by slack-key guitar, Kimo has released several albums in the genr […]
They say that the world is a lot smaller these days, what with news, culture, art, fashion and all sorts of events traveling at supersonic speed through Earth's inner space. For a few days last week it seemed that everyone posted something on their social media weapon of choice about the passing of… […]
Band of Heathens refine and expand their sound The Band of Heathens continues to surprise. While their new album offers up the Americana and Little Feat-styled funk fans have come to expect, there's a thread of late 1960s production pop that's a welcome addition. This opening track, "Shotgun," tips the album's surprise with its nod t […]
The last studio recordings of a New Orleans legend Though often cited as one of three primary New Orleans piano legends, James Booker's popular renown never grew to the size of Professor Longhair's or Dr. John's. Launching his career in the mid-50s, he was sidetracked by a late-60s drug bust and continuing brushes with the law. One of those… […]
Deb Ryder has certainly studied the masters growing up in the Chicago area and being mentored by Etta James and Big Joe Turner, so it’s no surprise her debut album ‘Might Just Get Lucky,’ is such a strong collection, the real question is why it took so long. Along with her husband and bass player Ric Ryder she has been leading the Southern California band Th […]
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