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November 27, 2019

Closing in on a fascinating quarter century as a multi-faceted recording artist, Costa Rican born, California based drummer, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and orchestrator Luis

Muñoz joins forces with the exquisite Guyanese vocalist Lois Mahal...

September 22, 2019

Any raw, down home and infinitely hipster-cool Americana artist bold enough to put singing “Disney songs into a turkey baster” as an early musical memory is bound to grab my attention.

If he’s transcended tragedy (the loss of his mother and stepfather in a plane crash)...

August 6, 2019

Usually the term “happy jazz” is used by folks who want to knock the mostly peppy and lighthearted smooth jazz vibe, but that phrase also perfectly fits the decidedly cheerful set list on veteran guitarist Mike Pachelli’s absolutely intoxicating, blues-rock-jazz influe...

July 12, 2019

With the upcoming, highly anticipated release of the James Thomas Band’s latest, perfectly titled album The Loves of My Life and their simmering, heart-tugging new single “Eileen,” the multi-talented, Virginia based soul-blues (with a tinge of country) rocker continues...

June 29, 2019

Considering the rich artistry and wild stylistic diversity of his recordings over the past decade, it’s hard to believe that Bay Area bluesman James Byfield – aka Blind Lemon Pledge – preceded his musical emergence with years as a pioneer designer in computer graphics.

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June 27, 2019

Bowie. Prince. Petty. Cornell. Frey. Aretha. Chuck. Fats. Dr. John….To counter and ease our mourning over the musical legends that have left us (always too soon, no matter their chronological age) these past few years, our best spiritual and emotional response is to ap...

June 1, 2019

With nine previous albums, including the critically acclaimed 2011 collection Kansawyer billed to W.C. Beck & The Valiant Swains, the multi-talented rootsy hybrid singer-songwriter should already be on most of our radars. But for those new to the Beck experience, there...

May 27, 2019

Bringing a quirky playfulness to her snapshots of intense heartbreak and snappy resilience on the many roads she’s traveled, Lauren Crosby shares a fascinating lifetime of world-wise and weary experience on her second full length album I Said Take Me To the Water. It’s...

March 14, 2019

Holding court in Charleston, West Virginia since 2013 with their swirling expanse of country, Americana, blues, Western Swing and Appalachian traditions, Blue Yonder is the collective, fun and freewheeling yet heartfelt and musically insightful vision of three veteran...

November 4, 2018

When we start digging into Connecticut based singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin’s promo material, we realize that this genre bending we’ve been listening to throughout her consistently brilliant, compelling and heartrending new album Scared Fearless can’t, by design a...

September 10, 2018

When you listen to Paul Brown’s all at once cool and heartfelt, guttural and plaintive vocals on his latest masterwork Uptown Blues, it may hit you that all of his success creating urban leaning vibes for himself and the greats of smooth jazz was just a way to bide tim...

August 3, 2018

The colorfully written Hollywood Bowl program bio of Deva Mahal, the opening act on a midweek slate that included rocker Melissa Etheridge and her father, the legendary Taj Mahal, and holding court with Keb’ Mo, says it all about not only her but every performer on the...

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