Loud and Proud

Janis Martin had a brief moment in the sun in the mid--'50s as a pioneering female rock ''n' roll artist billed as 'The Female Elvis.' In 2006 Rosie Flores took Martin back into the studio and produced the terrific Blanco Sessi...
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Elite Half Hundred of 2016, Part 2

Albums 26 through 50 in Part 2 of the Elite Half Hundred of 2016
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Christmas Dialogue Continues

Consider Classic as the next installment of Martina McBride’s ongoing dialogue with Christmas, and a fairly scintillating one at that. It earns its title.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Border Patrol

In a true border crossing event, GABRIEL ESPINOSA and TIERNEY SUTTON deliver a nuanced tribute to the songs of BURT BACHARACH and Mexican songwriting legend ARMANDO MANZANERO.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Get Thee Hence, Sinner – Christine Santelli

EPs are proliferating these days, but few can match CHRSTINE SANTELLI's new one, LIMELIGHT '69, a collection of first-rate original songs and possibly a search for spiritual redemption, all at once.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Cowboys, Blues and Cowboy Blues

GARY ALLEGRETTO and IAN ESPINOZA have teamed up on a debut CD of cowboy love songs, cowboy blues, tall tales of legendary characters, love ballads and even Delta blues-style originals.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Truth of the Blues, Simple and Direct

Two veterans aging gracefully in the blues field get together with their voices, their instruments and a general aim to honor the late, great piano master Pinetop Perkins, and proceed to make a thoroughly delightful album of ea...
by David McGee
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

Songs in the Key of Life

Madrid native CARMEN CUESTA follows her acclaimed bossa nova album with a collection of a dozen well-turned, mostly sensual boleros in UNA TODA VIDA...
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Flame Burns Bright

A terrific record by any standard, On Down the Line illustrates Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper's elevated cohesion and vibrant interplay even as it highlights the selflessness the bandleader brings to his calling.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Shimmying Down the Chimney

Not wanting to be the only artist on the planet without a Christmas album, MARIA MULDAUR delivers a holiday evergreen in MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS, recorded live in San Francisco.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Suave, Like Nobody’s Business

We redress a great wrong in finally reviewing RAUL MALO's 2007 Christmas masterpiece, Marshmallow World + Other Holiday Favorites. This Yuletide essential is so suave it even offers 'Silver Bells' as a tango. Believe it.
by David McGee