Chaotic, Angelic & Many Other Fine Things

A review of Sarah Alden's debut album, FISTS OF VIOLETS.
by David McGee
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

In the Still of the Night

Reflective, ruminative, serene, spiritual, moving and soothing--three new albums are right on time for our times.
by David McGee
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

For Whom These Bells Toll

THREE BELLS, a collaboration between three great dobro masters--MIKE AULDRIDGE, JERRY DOUGLAS and ROB ICKES--is flat-out a beautiful, evocative album with virtuosity always in service to the heart. Is is also the great AULDRIDG...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Christmas in Verse, 2021

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
 

 

 

Beautiful Restraint

POESIA by JOYCE MORENO & KENNY WERNER, and MÉLANGE by KARIN & MIKE KELLEHER are cross-cultural explorations that demonstrate the power of the less-is-more approach
by David McGee
 

 
 

In Which He Keeps Christmas Well

The old curmudgeon, you ask? No, NICK LOWE is now the old sentimentalist, complete with his own Christmas album, QUALITY STREET. Be ye not dismayed: it's unlike other Yule fare.
by David McGee
 

 

 

There Goes the Sun

The 'lost' album from ARTHUR 'BIG BOY' CRUDUP's 1969 Delmark trifecta, SUNNY DAY, may have a placid surface, but things are roiling underneath. The road ain't so sunny.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Off the Beaten Path, As Usual

Exploring America’s blue highways and coming back with songs that have and will endure, some ever-present in our collective memory, some orphaned by time but always primed for adoption by loving practitioners such as these.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Solid Sender

KENNY 'BLUES BOSS' WAYNE is back with ROLLIN' WITH THE BOSS, a cool album of Kansas City boogie-woogie and New Orleans grooves that won't stop rockin'.
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