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Mick Kolassa

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Mississippi-based guitarist and vocalist Mick Kolassa gathers a bunch of his friends for duets in this set of blues standards. Blues is often rowdy and raucous, but here Kolassa and … Read more

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Janiva Magness

Detroit native Janiva Magness overcame tragedy and adversity in her personal life to carve out a career as a blues singer.  She earned a string of Blues Music Association awards … Read more

Chris Hillman

I confess to having missed Chris Hillman’s Asylum years. I liked Souther-Hillman-Furay and McGuinn, Clark and Hillman, but in between, Hillman released two solo albums: Slippin’ Away in 1976 and … Read more

Harvey McLaughlin

Listening to Harvey McLaughlin’s debut solo album in this present day and age of fake news and fakebooks, might transport some to down on the corner of Reality Road and … Read more

Various Artists

Lying fallow for almost the entirety of 1966, save for silky, flowing gowns of singles like “Wait ‘Til Then” and “When I’m Alone” from classy singer Rita Doryse, Baltimore’s Ru-Jac … Read more

Big Star

Omnivore Recordings has released Big Star Live At Lafayette’s Music Room on CD, digitally, and for the first time, on a double L.P. This recording dates back to 1973 and … Read more

Nina Simone

There has been quite a bit of media attention, (both in print and film) in the past few years on the up and down controversial life of Nina Simone, who … Read more

The Reverend Shawn Amos

With so much going crazy in modern life, we can use a dose of real love to remind us what’s important. Why do people cling to divisiveness and hate? Shouldn’t … Read more

J.D. Wilkes

J.D. Wilkes has released Fire Dream, already sure to be one of the more interesting albums of 2018. Drawing deep from Appalachian springs and gypsy wells, Wilkes mashes roots to … Read more

The Swampers

Taking its title from a line in the Lynyrd Skynyrd hit “Sweet Home Alabama,” Muscle Shoals Has Got The Swampers, is a collection of 14 instrumental tracks that show why they … Read more