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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
 

 

 

Rise Above, Find More Peace, Make More Love

KEB' MO' delivers the finest Christmas album of the 2019 season in MOONLIGHT, MISTLETOE & YOU. Highlights include a duet with MELISSA MANCHESTER on 'I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.'
by David McGee
 

 
 

What Christmas Is As We Grow Older

From CHARLES DICKENS's twopenny weekly, Household Words, a 1951 meditation, 'What Christmas Means as We Grow Older,' an optimistic paean written the same year the author's father and daughter died.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Sublime & Swingin’

A tribute to the late, great VINCE GUARALDI, and his masterpiece within a masterpiece, the score for the holiday classic TV show, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
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
 

 

 

The Yuletide Report From the Chairman of the Board

Revised and updated, this appraisal of Frank Sinatra's Christmas recordings as an art form unto themselves was first published in TheBluegrassSpecial.com in 2008.
by David McGee
 

 
 

New Frontiers in Sustainable Agriculture

Urban farms in Vancouver, BC, and Encintas, CA, are doing great things for their communities and for local growers. Plus, 10 urban female farmers planting seeds of change.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Lyricist Yip Harburg’s Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me to Become a Scientist (Part 1)

ERNIE HARBURG, son of the great lyricist YIP HARBURG, offers a two-part essay on life with father, and how father inspired son to become a scientist.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Animated Christmas Evergreens

A selection of vintage animated Christmas cartoons, from the 1930s to the 1990s, including the rare 'A Snow Man in July,' produced by the Nazi regime and seized by the U.S. during WWII.
by David McGee
 

 

 

It’s Small’s World After All

Adhering to a '1 guitar, 1 voice, one foot format,' MARK T. SMALL's solo acoustic collection of mostly blues songs, with a taste of country and bluegrass for variety, is a low-key, honest effort that leaves a good feeling in it...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Knockout ‘Punch’

Marking our 10th anniversary in publishing, we begin a year-long retrospective of the 'greatest hits' from TheBluegrassSpecial.com and Deep Roots
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow’

George Morton came and went like a shadow, producing great '60s singles for the Shangri-Las and Janis Ian, and shortly thereafter, disappearing. But the Shadow left his mark. Remembering a pop great.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Bob Marovich’s Gospel Picks

Picks include: J.B. SMITH, KAREN CLARK SHEARD, KIRK WHALUM (DVD), TASHA COBBS, FUNMILAYO NGOZI, LAURA KACZOR, DAMION MURRILL & SILOAM
by David McGee
 

 

 

The ‘Circular Music’ of Pellingmans’ Saraband

On its new album, TWENTY WAIES UPON THE BELS, PELLINGMANS' SARABAND explores 'circular music' from the 16th and 17th centuries, including a tune with verses written by imprisoned Anne Boylen.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Intimate and Finely Judged

The mystery of ORLANDO BLOOM's 17th Century consort anthems persists, but his work lives anew and in beauty in CHAINS OF GOLD by the MAGDALENA CONSORT, FRETWORK and HIS MAJESTYS SAGBUTTS and CORNETTS
by David McGee
 

 

 

Bob Marovich’s Gospel Picks – September 2012

Reviews of 10 worthy new gospel releases including albums by Yvonne Marie, J Moss, Chrystal Rucker, KJ Scriven, NU DNA, Terrell Taylor, Jennifer Mekel and Friends, Wincey, CD Porter, and Pastor Marvin L. Winans.
by David McGee