Album Reviews

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Ruthie Foster

I recall seeing Ruthie Foster play, ten years ago or so, in front of 20-30 people on a makeshift stage outdoors at SXSW. Obviously, she’s pretty well known now. Three … Read more

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Billy Flynn

At a time when ten songs and one half hour of music is often all an album offers, Billy Flynn weighs in with 17 songs and 70 minutes of music. … Read more

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The Flywheels

The Flywheels is a psychedelic pop band. Their debut has been a long time coming, but once guitarist Kim Wonderley and bassist and co-songwriter Eric Scott enlisted guitarist John Moremen (Matthew … Read more

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Joel LaRue Smith

  By creatively shifting time, tone, and tenor, landing finally with a Latin elasticity and rhythmic tide “The Seed,” pianist Joel LaRue Smith’s bold first track from The Motorman’s Son, … Read more

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The Muffs

Offering little more than demos of the more articulate album cuts by way of bonus material, the 2017 reissue of Happy Birthday To Me still offers insight into the building … Read more

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Chip Taylor

If true justice was served up correctly, Chip Taylor’s songwriting career would easily be compared to that of Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond and the other great songwriters whose … Read more

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Don Rich

Omnivore Recordings Guitar Pickin’ Man – Don Rich and the Buckaroos compiles key cuts from Buck Owens’ right hand man. Together with Owens and the Buckaroos, Rich helped create the … Read more

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Starlite Campbell Band

Starlite Campbell is a UK outfit fronted by Suzy Starlite and partner Simon Campbell, and Blueberry Pie is an album that has been proving particularly popular with UK radio jocks … Read more

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Colin Hay

I’ve been a fan of Colin Hay since I was 11 years old, when my grandmother gave me my vinyl copy of Business As Usual for Christmas. “Who Can It … Read more