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Thoughts That Lie Too Deep for Tears

Two very different artists make two very different albums but still manage to cross paths. What do KENNY LAVENDER and his big band have in common with LAWRENCE BLATT and his guitar?
by David McGee
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Traveling Upwards to That Glorious Place

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER rejoice all the way through BURDEN BEARER, bluegrass gospel delivered with conviction and authority, with and without instruments.
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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Funk-tion At the Junction

At age 77, BOBBY RUSH is reinvigorated, as he proves in the potent performances he musters on his latest album, DOWN IN LOUISIANA, found at the junction where funk, soul and blues meet.
by David McGee
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On the Spiritual Cost of Leaving

Produced by LORRAINE JORDAN, North Carolina's THE GENTLEMEN OF BLUEGRASS make a thorough examination of the physical and metaphysical cost of leaving on their debut album.
by David McGee
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ELEMENTAL JOURNEY
Sonny Landreth
Landfall

Return of the Slide Guitar Titan

Eleven albums into his career the titan of the slide guitar Sonny Landreth demonstrates what an artist is made of by continuing to find new and challenging avenues of expression. On Elemental Journey the task he sets for himsel...
by David McGee
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The Curious Looming of Objects Between Earth and Sky

Minnesota six- and 12-string guitarist KYLE FOSBURGH new album, THE TRAVELER'S JOURNEY, 'is calculated to excite the perceptions and keep alive the imagination.' Add to this: powerful, evocative, spiritually resonant. And beaut...
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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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
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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
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And Here’s To The Life

In a long overdue tribute. pop-jazz vocalist Connie Evingson does wonderful things in honoring the lyrics of Norman Gimbel on SWEET HAPPY LIFE, this week's ALBUM OF THE WEEK. Talk about killing us softly with his songs...
by David McGee
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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
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