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
 

 
 

Eddie C., On the Money & In the Pocket

SPIDER EATING PREACHER is a gem of a Chicago blues album by EDDIE C. CAMPBELL. Hospitalized in Germany after suffering a heart attack and a stroke, Eddie C. needs help to get back to the States. Check out the record, and give g...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Samantha Fish, In Progress

SAMANTHA FISH has sidestepped the sophomore jinx on her outstanding MIKE ZITO-produced second album, BLACK WIND HOWLIN'. Still a work in progress, she's showing admirable growth both vocally and instrumentally, and is becoming ...
by David McGee
 

 
 

EPs of the Year 2013

Our first-ever citations of the Best EPs we received in 2013--an Elite Four, you might say.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Christmas in Verse, 2014

Timeless Christmas poems by ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, DOLLIE RADFORD, ROBERT SOUTHWELL, et al. plus Christmas music videos featuring THE POGUES, THE PRETENDERS, THE ROYAL GUARDSMEN, THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA and THE SUPREMES.
by David McGee
 

 
 

To The Ages of Ages

Singer-songwriter SANDY CARROLL explores her own and others' Southern roots in her intriguing, novelistic new CD, LAST SOUTHERN BELLE
by David McGee
 

 

 

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
 

 
 

Lovely and Unusual

This cozy, gentle, and varied collection of Christmas music from Hereford Cathedral is broken into three sections: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. The music ranges from the 14th-century Resonemus laudibus, to a work by John T...
by David McGee
 

 

 

And For Tomorrow, Too

On Just for Today, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters deliver an invigorating set of performances recorded in three venues in three Massachusetts towns
by David McGee
 

 
 

Christmas As He Knew It

JOHNNY CASH's CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM is a sampling from the three Yule albums the Man in Black recorded for Columbia Records. Family and faith are the major, moving themes here.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Do You Believe in Magic?

A recently unveiled 45-year-old tape recorded in a tiny Milwaukee club in 1968 gives us a powerhouse live performance by MAGIC SAM in prime-time mode, both in voice and with his guitar, on LIVE AT THE AVANT GARDE.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Soul Stirring Joy

Gospel editor BOB MAROVICH weighs in on a new Soul Stirrers retrospective from the group's SAR Records years. Recommending this double-CD set: four previously unreleased Stirrers sides.
by David McGee