Showtime, With an Edge

A scintillating interpretation of Neil Young's harrowing folk tale 'Powderfinger' is one of many delights of DARIN and BROOKE ALDRIDGE's Live at Red, White and Bluegrass album
by David McGee
 

 
 

45 Years Later, Still Right on Time

The tipoff is in the title: MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH MARTY ROBBINS. One of country's greatest singers is intimately involved in the thoughtful songs he shares with us for the Yuletide including two of his own.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Way Out Western Swing…

Best known as a jazz singer, SOLITAIRE MILES, in the guise of SUSIE BLUE, makes a convincing western swing chanteuse on her new album.
by David McGee
 

 
 

What Becomes a Classic Most?

Streisand at her apex in recordings made almost three-and-a-half decades apart. Make no mistake--she’s the classic here, and a classy one at that.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Keeping the Faith and Keeping It Well

Seasoned and undiminished soul and gospel veterans, JOHNNY RAWLS and OTIS CLAY, finally get together for a rousing outing on SOUL BROTHERS.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Ready for the Long Haul

J.D. Crowe has retired, but his last incarnation of the New South soldiers on, quite impressively, as American Drive. The quartet's self-titled debut album shows it to be ready for the long haul.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Love From Both Sides Now

One voice, one piano, some chestnuts from the Great American Songbook, one quiet, powerful original and an unerring aim for the heart: the Wailin' Jennys' HEATHER MASSE and the legendary DICK HYMAN make art on LOCK MY HEART.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Yes, We Have No Reservations

Welcome to Hotel Souza, wherein KAREN SOUZA introduces eight new original classic pop-styled tunes and three tasty covers with a modern twist
by David McGee
 

 

 

Live’r Than They’ll Ever Be

From tapes surreptitiously recorded in 1967 comes a smokin' live album featuring JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBREAKERS with PETER GREEN, JOHN MCVIE and MICK FLEETWOOD supporting Mayall.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Retrospectives of the Year (2016)

Something akin to Lifetime Achievement Awards: Paul McCartney's Pure McCartney and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage's All the Rage: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Live in Concert, Volume One
by David McGee
 

 

 

An On-Time Messenger for the Lord

It takes no special insight to point out the kinship of blues and gospel but 81-year-old LEO 'BUD' WELCH's debut album, Sabougla Voices, presses that truth home with a ferocity and unwavering conviction remarkable even for thes...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Sovereignty Well Earned

You may think these fellows rather audacious in naming themselves Royal Southern Brotherhood, but when you see their lineup includes an Allman, a Neville and a Zito, well, good to see you, fellows. As that funnyman from Transyl...
by David McGee