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Premiere: Tom Heyman

A venerable sideman (Chuck Prophet, John Doe, Alejandro Escovedo, Sonny Smith, etc.) and an accomplished singer/songwriter (4-star-reviewed songs  picked up for True Blood, Justified, Damages (TV), and the feature film, Tammy), Heyman—once again—gets … Read more

John McLaughlin

Like the joy and fast-paced enthusiasm conveyed on his classic tune “The Noonward Race,” guitar legend John McLaughlin is fully energized by several musical happenings on the horizon. There’s his … Read more

Robert Plant, on music

Elmore writer Iain Patience visited his native England, and found himself sitting down with a neighbor, Robert Plant. There are stars, superstars and even megastars. Then there is Robert Plant, a guy … Read more

Premiere: The Contenders

Singer/songwriter Jay Nash and singer and drummer Josh Day bonded in Los Angeles over a decade ago, sharing a love of The Band, roots music, and a sacred admiration for … Read more

Goodbye…Tom Petty (1950 – 2017)

“It’s alright if you love me, it’s alright if you don’t…” Though this lyric from one of Thomas Earl Petty’s early singles with the Heartbreakers (“Breakdown”) reeks of assured indifference, … Read more

Premiere: Bill Toms and Hard Rain

Pittsburgh native Bill Toms and his band Hard Rain deliver America’s most beloved genres and meld them into a poetic stories of everyday men and women doing their best to … Read more

Goodbye…Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley, master of soul, began as a James Brown impersonater and came to his own fame late in life, but music cognoscenti embraced him fully and he embraced his … Read more

Ten Years After

Ten Years After Photos by Arnie Goodman (at B.B. King’s Blues Club, NYC)  Fifty years on, Ten Years After is a long way from a greatest-hits nostalgia act. Okay, that … Read more

Nothin’ like the blues

Jimmy Vivino, the man responsible for any number of great bands over the years—Fab Faux, (Conan O’Brien’s) Basic Cable Band, Prisoners of Second Avenue, the Black Italians and the Levon … Read more