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It’s Been a Blue, Blue Day

Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus's six-song EP Blue Light is the perfect stage-setter for his forthcoming full-length album, slated for release in early 2013.
by David McGee
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Another Place, Another Time, Right Now

Better known for her role on Showtime's 'Shameless' series, EMMY ROSSUM also is a singer on the rise. On 'SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY,' her album of classic pop standards, arranged to evoke the months of the year, she rises fast.
by David McGee
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You Got the Silver, Sandy

BIG SANDY and HIS FLY-RITE BOYS are celebrating a silver anniversary this year with a new album of reworked gems from the band's 25-year recording history. It's really good stuff.
by David McGee
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2013’s Elite Half-Hundred – Part I

Selections 1-25 of the 2013 Elite Half Hundred include THE BENEDICTINES OF MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES, STEEP CANYON RANGERS, DAILEY & VINCENT, ALAN JACKSON, et al.
by David McGee
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Christmas Blues with a Positive Spin

Appraising a Yuletide gem from Carolina beach music legend, soul veteran CLIFFORD CURRY, and a look back at Curry's interesting career.
by David McGee
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Always Magic In the Air

Delmark has reissued BLACK MAGIC, the MAGIC SAM BLUES BAND's stellar followup to its acclaimed WEST SIDE STORY. Magic is indeed in the air.
by David McGee
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The Wounded Wanderer, Restored

U.S. Route 50 lives in the shadow of Route 66 in the lore of legendary American highways, but it’s no less awesome as either myth or fact. Built in 1926 as part of the original U.S. Highway system, Route 50 runs east and west...
by David McGee
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Joy To The World

A wonderful and heartwarming thing happened when the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band showed up at the University of Mary Washington to play a program of evocative, sometimes poignant, sometimes haunting seasonal tunes, new ...
by David McGee
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Being About Muscular Music and Timely Topics

Australian blues guitar great GEOFF ATCHISON has re-released his outstanding 2005 album, LITTLE BIG MEN, with four rare bonus tracks added to the original's host of smart, topical, ever-relevant songs.
by David McGee
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Essential Sondheim

STEPHEN SONDHEIM's life and music, inextricably linked, are explored in captivating fashion in the new HBO documentary, SIX BY SONDHEIM, airing through December. Review herein.
by David McGee
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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
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Tough Love? Tough Stuff.

Bluesman TINSLEY ELLIS's new CD, TOUGH LOVE, proves itself tough stuff indeed--10 original songs played and sung with conviction to burn.
by David McGee
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