Do You Believe in Magic?

A recently unveiled 45-year-old tape recorded in a tiny Milwaukee club in 1968 gives us a powerhouse live performance by MAGIC SAM in prime-time mode, both in voice and with his guitar, on LIVE AT THE AVANT GARDE.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Perfect ‘Storm’

One of our great contemporary gospel singers has returned from a four-year recording hiatus with her strongest album yet. 'Til The Storm Passes By captures the versatile Lynda Randle at her testifying best on a powerhouse colle...
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
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

The Flame Burns Bright

A terrific record by any standard, On Down the Line illustrates Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper's elevated cohesion and vibrant interplay even as it highlights the selflessness the bandleader brings to his calling.
by David McGee
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

Thinkin’ About LIvin’, Thinkin’ About Life

EG KIGHT returns from a serious illness with the triumphant A NEW DAY and co-produces (and writes some of) LISA BIALES's BELLE OF THE BLUES. Let's think about liven', let's think about life.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Soul Stirring Joy

Gospel editor BOB MAROVICH weighs in on a new Soul Stirrers retrospective from the group's SAR Records years. Recommending this double-CD set: four previously unreleased Stirrers sides.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Deep Roots Elite Half-Hundred of 2018, Pt. 2

Continuing the Elite Half-Hundred of 2018 with JUNIOR SISK, SARAH BORGES, SISTER SADIE, et al.
by David McGee
 

 
 

They Only Come Out at Night

NOCTAMBULE (MARLA FIBISH and BRUCE VICTOR) have fashioned a number of poems by ROBERT SERVICE and others into an intriguing journey through the wee small hours
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
 

 
 

Into the Heaven-Sent Light

Between grieving for her deceased son and celebrating the birth of a new daughter, REBECCA FRAZIER wrote a batch of meaningful songs and walked into the light with WHEN WE FALL.
by David McGee