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Going to the Head of the Traditional Class

Staunch traditionalist with a honky-tonk bent, the PO' RAMBLIN' BOYS are set to go to the head of the traditionalist class with their Rounder debut, TOILS, TEARS AND TROUBLE
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Deep Roots Elite Half-Hundred of 2019

Albums of the Year are not the only game in town. Here are 50 long players that made 2019 special for us.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Deep Roots Albums of the Year, 2019

KEB MO' is honored with two Albums of the Year selections for 2019 and he's joined by MARTY BROWN, MARC COHN and BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, KIRK WHALUM and VINCE GILL, among others.
by David McGee
 

 
 

In Trim: Bruce Brown’s Endless Epic

Writing for the defunct Longboard magazine in 2005, PAUL HOLMES captured the entire epic saga of the making of BRUCE BROWN's THE ENDLESS SUMMER, the greatest surfing film of them all.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Pandemic Passover: A Moment of Rupture May Lead to a New Path

RABBI MICHAEL ROTHBAUM, reflecting on Passover's history of being recreated in 'inhospitable worlds of exile,' sees the traditional as having lessons to teach a COVID-19 planet.
by David McGee
 

 
 

BOB MAROVICH’S GOSPEL PICKS

In BOB MAROVICH's spotlight this month: bridges over troubled waters from ISAAC CARREE, MICHELLE DAVID, MIGHTY MEN OF FAITH, JOHN LEE HOOKER JR. and THE LEGENDARY BEYONS.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Updike at Easter, 2020–The Pandemic Edition

The Pandemic Edition of our annual Updike at Easter feature is comprised of 'greatest hits' from Easters past, in hopes of bringing some comfort in trying times.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Whale Breaches, Nearly Hits Kayakers, Film At 11

So you're kayaking along, and suddenly a humpback whale shoots up out of the water and breaches on top of you. The Whale Detective, aka TOM MUSTILL, lived it, made a film of it and has some insights into whale sensibility.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Timeless Work of Textural Electronic Beauty

Inspired by the natural beauty of his New Zealand homeland, composer RUDY ADRIAN's WOODLANDS offers a moving ambient impression of the wild forests and planted parks of Dunedin.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Cummings Imperative

The first outstanding blues album of 2020 comes in the form of ALBERT CUMMINGS's BELIEVE, a tour de force of expressive, soulful vocalizing and guitar mastery of a higher order.
by David McGee
 

 

 

DETOUR (1945)

'No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it.' So says ROGER EBERT of the film noir classic, DETOUR, a gem from the Poverty Row era, filmed on a miniscule budget in a matter of days, but aging better than many big budget epi...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Bob Marovich’s Gospel PIcks

A collection of gospel gems from veteran and new artists alike, including GLORIA GAYNOR's towering 'Testimony'; THE MANY's 'Love>Fear'; a reissue of REBA RAMBO's acclaimed 'Lady'; RENEE SPEARMAN's 'I Love Him,' and others.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A New Opera for the 21st Century Canon, By Way of Willa Cather

WILLA CATHER'S short story 'Paul's Place' has been transformed into an opera event by GREGORY SPEARKS and KATHRYN WALAT. Our JOSPEH NEWSOME ranks it 'amongst the finest recorded opera performances of the 21st Century.'
by David McGee