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‘The Cry of Anguished Protest, The First of Many Wrought From Me’

From The Bluegrass Special archives: an updated feature on the enigma that was the late BEVERLY KENNEY: Her voice was soft and cool, her eyes were clear and bright, but she's not there.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Fresh Perspective on the ‘African Mahler’

CATALYST QUARTET, a young American ensemble, explores the chamber music of SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR, works whose sophistication belies their early date
by David McGee
 

 

 

Trish McMillan and The Hard Call: Behavioral Euthanasia

What is 'behavioral euthanasia' and is it really necessary? Animal behaviorist TRISH MCMILLAN explains why this hardest of calls for pet owners to make can be the most humane solution to a chemical, biochemical, physical reason...
by David McGee
 

 
 

DEEP ROOTS ALBUMS OF THE YEAR, 2020

Honoring 10 exceptional album-length explorations of love, loss and spirituality by DAVID BROZA, ISAAC CAREE, KATHLEEN EDWARDS, FISK JUBILEE SINGERS, IVY FORD, GABRIELLE LOUISE, ROD MCCORMACK, JOHN MCCUTCHEON CARY MORIN and AL...
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Elite Half-Hundred of 2020, Part 1

THE ELITE HALF-HUNDRED OF 2020, Parts 1 and 2, is topped by the REV. LUTHER BARNES and THE RESTORATION WORSHIP CENTER CHOIR’s LOOK TO THE HILLS.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Elite Half-Hundred of 2020, Part 2

The best of the rest of the rest of our ELITE HALF-HUNDRED OF 2020, featuring JOHN FINBURY, ALBERT CUMMINGS, NEW MOON JELLYROLL FREEDOM ROCKERS, DIANE SCHUUR, MIGHTY MEN OF FAITH, THE CAMBRIDGE SINGERS and others.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Being About an Instrument ‘At Once Familiar and Unknown’

In ART OF THE MANDOLIN, AVI AVITAL offers a perspective on 300 years of music composed specifically for his instrument of choice. A range of perspectives--via reviews, interviews and first-person observations-help explain the a...
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Quiet Storm of Guitar Mastery

Guitarists LARRY NEWCOMB, with his son JAKE on bass, and DAVE STRYKER lead their combos on scintillating jazz-oriented journeys on their new albums, whereas on his reissued masterpiece, CAMINANDO, guitarist JUAN CARLOS QUINTERO...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Updike at Easter, 2021

Updated for Year II of the pandemic, 'Seven Voices on Seven Stanzas' presents a septet of viewpoints on the meaning and import of JOHN UPDIKE's provocative poem, 'Seven Stanzas at Easter.' Featuring Easter-themed videos by DOLL...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Abundant Love Before Breakfast

JANE PORTER's THE BOY WHO LOVED EVERYONE, illustrated by MAISIE PARADISE SHEARRING, offers valuable lessons to teach children about managing their emotions, as JULES explains. Also: "HERE COMES THE SUN," a short but welcome Spr...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Bob Marovich’s Gospel Picks

Female artists rule the day in BOB MAROVICH's latest Gospel picks of new albums by CHRYSANN MOORE, LATISHA JOHNSON MONTGOMERY, KATY CRAWFORD, GENETHEA WRIGHT, SAN FRANKLIN and SHALOM CHURCH & FRIENDS presemted by Dr. F. James C...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Considering Historical Conflict & Conflicted History

JASON RINGENBERG offers a reckoning with history on his 18th solo album, RHINESTONED, featuring the Freedom Riders, Crazy Horse, Jesus Christ and, in spirit, Hank Williams, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, the Carter Family and T...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Music Connecting People, Wherever They May Be

BILLY ALTMAN on the FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL UNLOCKED FESTIVAL: 'a week of discovery of a lot of worthwhile music (and) a valuable reminder of the power of music to connect people, wherever they may be.'
by David McGee
 

 
 

To Ride an Avalanche in Yosemite

At the turn of the 20th Century, naturist JOHN MUIR, never one to shirk a chance for first-person experience in the wild, rode an avalanche down a mountain Yosemite National Park. And lived to tell about it, as he does here.
by David McGee