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John Coltrane

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Imagining Trane blowing free across global stages like so many of rock’s vulgar, I mean elder, statesmen (no, sorry, $300 a ticket is vulgar) is a fine, fine jazz fantasy. But … Read more

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The Savage Hearts

Fiddle instructor Annie Savage, who began playing violin at the age of two, rounds up her band, the Savage Hearts, for a unique, string-heavy release. Playing it Forward features standard … Read more

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Holly Norman

This is an Elvis Presley tribute unlike many of the recent Elvis releases. Meet Holly Norman, a bluegrass gal with a voice that can stand up to Patsy Cline or … Read more

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The Flat Five

Gleefully out of step with what’s trendy or fashionable, the Flat Five are like Baked Alaska or Crab Louie, or any of the other iconic dishes vanishing from today’s restaurant … Read more

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Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire

At first I was taken back by the name of Sharon’s band, Texas Fire, given that both Sharon and her accompanying players are all veteran, in-demand Chicago blues musicians. Even … Read more

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Derrick Procell

Once again, we have a surprise near year end. Derrick Procell has an amazingly soulful, gritty voice and, together with his partner, Grammy winning lyricist Terry Abrahamson, delivers some highly … Read more

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The Lazy Suns

You’ve probably already heard the Lazy Suns. Made up of Marc Clayton, Brad Jarvis, Rick Morse, Jeff Sohn and Larry Winchester, this five piece band released their first EP, but … Read more

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Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen

In Lay These Weapons Down, the sophomore release from Champaign, IL’s Rebecca Rego & the Trainmen, we see Rego, Matt Yeates, Eric Fitts and Cory Ponton in a different light. … Read more

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Kenny Neal

Born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kenny Neal was inevitably immersed in the blues from infancy. His father, the renowned singer and harmonica player Raful Neal, … Read more

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Dale Watson

Honky tonk singer, songwriter, guitarist and Lone Star beer aficionado Dale Watson provides a stout and tasty remix of 12 country music classics with his newest CD, Under the Influence. … Read more