Soothing Music in a Troubled Time

Self-released and Kickstarter funded, Hawaii's PACIFIC HARP PROJECT quartet has reimagined works by revered composers such as RAVEL and DEBUSSY, and added scintillating originals to the mix.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The (Eastern) Beat Goes On

Across the Middle East and North Africa, the beat goes on. This scene shines on Putumayo’s Arabic Beat, a collection that chronicles the musical creativity of Arabic musicians today. The album revels in artists rarely heard i...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Hurricane Warning

Almost a half-century into his career. BOBBY 'HURRICANE' SPENCER delivers big-time on 'HURRICANE UNLEASHED,' singing some hard-luck blues but also revealing himself as a true romantic, in spite of heartbreak.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Memphis Now, Memphis Tomorrow, Memphis Forever

Paying tribute to the Bluff City's rich musical history, GARRY GOIN and PATRICK REGISTER, aka DUAL DRIVE, get funky with a capital F on some vintage Memphis tunes on THE MEMPHIS PROJECT
by David McGee
 

 

 

Off the Beaten Path, As Usual

Exploring America’s blue highways and coming back with songs that have and will endure, some ever-present in our collective memory, some orphaned by time but always primed for adoption by loving practitioners such as these.
by David McGee
 

 
 

AJ Being AJ

For more than a decade ALAN JACKSON has been musing about making a bluegrass album. Well, he finally did it, and produced a certified AJ classic in THE BLUEGRASS ALBUM.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Mad Scientist Deep in Experimentation

'Good, not great,' says our DHRISTOPHER WALSH in in his deep dive into Sir Paul McCartney's McCARTNEY III, adding: '...it shows an artist still reaching, ideas still flowing.'
by David McGee
 

 
 

Return of the Slide Guitar Titan

Eleven albums into his career the titan of the slide guitar Sonny Landreth demonstrates what an artist is made of by continuing to find new and challenging avenues of expression. On Elemental Journey the task he sets for himsel...
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘The One Who Sings Sends His Sorrows Away’

Content meets form in a most unforgettable and humanistic way, on Samba, Jazz and Love, the latest Stateside release from Brazil's formidable CRISTINA BRAGA
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
 

 

 

The Truth of the Blues, Simple and Direct

Two veterans aging gracefully in the blues field get together with their voices, their instruments and a general aim to honor the late, great piano master Pinetop Perkins, and proceed to make a thoroughly delightful album of ea...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Blues In All Flavors

British bluesman Ian Siegal returns to North Mississippi's Zebra Ranch Studio, where he is joined by Cody and Luther Dickinson and proceeds to top his 2011 gem, The Skinny, with some new, profound, gutbucket hill country blues.
by David McGee