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.

The Adkins Doctrine

Populist bluegrasser DAVE ADKINS is back with his second solo album, a self-titled effort. The social conscience remains intact, but the heart is what it's all about here. All else is marginalia.


To The Ages of Ages

Singer-songwriter SANDY CARROLL explores her own and others' Southern roots in her intriguing, novelistic new CD, LAST SOUTHERN BELLE

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.


The Haunting

For his fourth solo album, PETER COOPER ennobles the literate, poetic texts of ERIC TAYLOR on DEPOT LIGHT: THE SONGS OF ERIC TAYLOR--a career highlight for both artists.

Down the Road Apiece

'... at his deepest roots, it’s pretty clear that it’s never been about him, but about what passes through him.' BILLY ALTMAN comes to praise KEITH RICHARDS' new solo album.



On IMPRINT, her first solo release since 1998, TERRE ROCHE offers songs quirky, funny, warm and tender. In true Roches fashion, larger truths are revealed between the lines and in odd phrasings.

The Common Language of the Heart

Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap are together again, now in a relaxed, refined, reflective and altogether classy survey of the songs of Jerome Kern, 'the angel at the top of the tree.'


Deep Roots

Deploying his vast collection of acoustic guitars, Duke Robillard and some high-profile friends (such as Maria Muldaur and Jay McShann) work out on some classic tunes from the '20s through the '40s.

A Master In His Element, On Key, On Time & Wed To the Truth

Buddy Guy has been playing hot guitar for decades now, but the irony of his BORN TO PLAY GUITAR album is that it may well be his finest-ever set of end-to-end vocal performances.


Like the Music, He Lives On

JEFF HEALEY, a remarkable artist by any measure, exercised his passion for vintage jazz and swing in his latter years and made memorable music. A new retrospective offers a stirring overview of some peak moments.

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