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Fanning the Flames of Whitman’s ‘Subtle Electric Fire’

Enlisting the support of some 64 musicians and choir/session singers, GARRY DIAL and DICK OATTS have delivered a stirring, jazz-oriented musical interpretation of Walt Whitman poems.
by David McGee
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Whither Happiness?

Hearing MINDY MCCREADY's most popular songs with new ears and wondering, Whither happiness?
by David McGee
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Of Senses Engaged and Hearts Touched

Dig a fresh, imaginative take on some Brazilian evergreens--including three by ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM--on the fascinating BRAZILIAN PROJECT by mesmerizing vocalist CATINA DELUNA and her LADO B band, featuring OTMARO RUIZ.
by David McGee
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Talking Turkey and Radiating on the 88s

Talking Turkey and Radiating on the 88s

Mitch Woods and the Rocket 88s got the crowds in Turkey all shook up on the Efes Blues Festival tour in October 2010. A new CD/DVD set preserves a record of the boogie woogie flu and rockin' pneumonia the fellows infected the c...
by David McGee
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If Ever There Were a Needed Time…

ERIC BIBB's powerful BLUES PEOPLE, inspired by the work and words of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, espouses racial harmony in soulful tones, while underscoring how much work towards that ideal remains.
by David McGee
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Old-Time Good-Timey, with Hints of Grandeur

Nashville's THE HOWLIN BROTHERS are poised for greater things, if the trio's new Brendan Benson-produced album, HOWL, is any indication. John Hartford, for one, is smiling.
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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Gabriel’s Got Wings

Blues guitarist PAUL GABRIEL think his new album, WHAT'S THE CHANCE, produced by DUKE ROBILLARD, is his best yet. We second that emotion.
by David McGee
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Summoning Bukka

RORY BLOCK continues her Mentor Series with a scintillating tribute to a perennially underrated Delta blues man in KEEPIN' OUTTA TROUBLE: A TRIBUTE TO BUKKA WHITE
by David McGee
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A Chicago Blues Bonanza, Right on Time

Out of print for years, Delmark has reissued AL MILLER'S masterful ...IN BETWEEN TIME, a bonanza of Chicago blues featuring all-star Chi-town blues stalwarts Miller, John Primer, Billy Flynn and others.
by David McGee
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Hurricane Warning

Almost a half-century into his career. BOBBY 'HURRICANE' SPENCER delivers big-time on 'HURRICANE UNLEASHED,' singing some hard-luck blues but also revealing himself as a true romantic, in spite of heartbreak.
by David McGee
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Hearts in Flux

On DULCIE TAYLOR's moving new album, ONLY WORN ONE TIME, the singer-songwriter offers Finely etched reflections on mortality, heartbreak, self-reliance, self-doubt, commitment and similar weighty topics.
by David McGee
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