This Close

A mixed bag of blues in different styles from Cleveland's GAETANO LETIZIA & THE UNDERGROUND BLUES BAND on VOODOO DOLL & OTHER BLUES LESSONS
by David McGee
 

 
 

To Attract and To Intrigue

On THE ORIGIN OF ADJUSTABLE THINGS, jazz singer/composer JOANNA WALLFISCH, accompanied by pianist DAN TEPFER, offers new songs and inspired covers in a variety of styles.
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
 

 
 

Summit Sessions: B.J. Thomas on Scepter

For those of a certain generation, the radio of their youth never seemed to be long without a new, great B.J. Thomas single. Indeed, between 1966 and 1972 he had 19 charting singles, some way bigger than others, some more regio...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Choogling On

Sagacious, well-traveled harp master Pierre Lacocque and his Chicago-based Mississippi Heat blues band offer Delta Bound, a thoroughly delightful hour of blues in various colors.
by David McGee
 

 
 

What If?

Remembering STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN and Canned Heat's ALAN WILSON, on the 30th anniversary of SRV's debut, TEXAS FLOOD, and the release of a long-awaited Wilson retrospective.
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
 

 
 

Hearts in Flux

On DULCIE TAYLOR's moving new album, ONLY WORN ONE TIME, the singer-songwriter offers Finely etched reflections on mortality, heartbreak, self-reliance, self-doubt, commitment and similar weighty topics.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Of the Earth and In the Spirit

Stepping away from the JOHN FOGERTY camp, master of the keys BOB MALONE offers MOJO DELUXE, a solo effort infused with gospel, soul and rock 'n' roll stylings and soul searching lyrics.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Swingin’ and A-Surfin’, All Summer Long: Revisited

A fresh look at one of our 2014 summer picks, SUMMER BEACH PARTY, a collection of tunes from the beach movies of the '60s, with some curious omissions to account for.
by David McGee
 

 

 

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
 

 
 

Another Place, Another Time, Right Now

Better known for her role on Showtime's 'Shameless' series, EMMY ROSSUM also is a singer on the rise. On 'SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY,' her album of classic pop standards, arranged to evoke the months of the year, she rises fast.
by David McGee