On Saving Mortal Souls

“Having not played in this style in the past is a huge disadvantage, but I am willing to stretch and fight to get it under control. Those pesky chords! Those finger positions, those slides, those finger-thumb rolls, those cou...
by David McGee
 

 
 

All In a Day’s Blues

An alum of the late, great Calvin Owens's Blues Orchestra, guitarist CHARLES 'CD' DAVIS has a winner in his solo debut, 24 HOUR BLUES, featuring some Orchestra vets and four outstanding vocalists playing up a blues storm.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Masters Weigh In

Bluegrass masters DOYLE LAWSON (& Quicksilver) and PETER ROWAN pick it clean, pick it true and demonstrate why the traditional never goes out of style.
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
 

 

 

Girls’ Night Out, In Style

It's girls' night out in song as LISSY WALKER, CLAIRE MARTIN and JULIE KELLY survey the Great American Songbook and posit some new, contemporary entries to it as well.
by David McGee
 

 
 

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
by David McGee
 

 

 

In Heavy Rotation

Reviews of new CDs by IAN & SYLVIA, GLENNA BELL, ANDY STATMAN, EBONY HILLBILLIES, MARLEY'S GHOST, BLUE HIGHWAY, REBECCA DUMAINE and the DAVE MILLER COMBO and the VILLALOBOS BROTHERS
by David McGee
 

 
 

It’s Been a Blue, Blue Day

Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus's six-song EP Blue Light is the perfect stage-setter for his forthcoming full-length album, slated for release in early 2013.
by David McGee
 

 

 

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
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

EPs of the Year 2013

Our first-ever citations of the Best EPs we received in 2013--an Elite Four, you might say.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Christmas in Verse, 2021

Timeless Christmas poems by ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, DOLLIE RADFORD, ROBERT SOUTHWELL, et al. plus Christmas music videos featuring THE POGUES, THE PRETENDERS, THE ROYAL GUARDSMEN, THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA and THE SUPREMES.
by David McGee