A Solid Sender

KENNY 'BLUES BOSS' WAYNE is back with ROLLIN' WITH THE BOSS, a cool album of Kansas City boogie-woogie and New Orleans grooves that won't stop rockin'.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Special Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service has honored RAY CHARLES with a Forever stamp, and Concord has marked the occasion with an interesting anthology, FOREVER.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Delightfully Evocative, Simply Beautiful

ARMONICO CONSORT, under the direction of CHRISTOPHER MONKS, delivers beauty, respite and spiritual transcendence on GREENSLEEVES: FOLK MUSIC OF THE BRITISH ISLES.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Beautiful Bones

On her sixth album, Kansas City-born and –bred soul/blues chanteuse and pianist Kelley Hunt puts it all together—the writing, the singing, the playing—and says what’s in her heart and on her mind in compelling fashion.
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
 

 
 

A Proper Homecoming

Memphis bluesman DARREN JAY returns to the U.S. this month after being deployed to Kuwait with the U.S. Naval Reserves. He's coming back Stateside to rave reviews for his first album with his band The Delta Souls,DRINK MY WINE,...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Message Delivered

Chicago blues man DAVE SPECTER is back with his first album in four years, MESSAGE IN BLUE, and it's a keeper in the blues, soul and R&B categories all. Soul singer OTIS CLAY makes his Delmark label debut in spectacular fashion...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Music Connecting People, Wherever They May Be

BILLY ALTMAN on the FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL UNLOCKED FESTIVAL: 'a week of discovery of a lot of worthwhile music (and) a valuable reminder of the power of music to connect people, wherever they may be.'
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Wounded Wanderer, Restored

U.S. Route 50 lives in the shadow of Route 66 in the lore of legendary American highways, but it’s no less awesome as either myth or fact. Built in 1926 as part of the original U.S. Highway system, Route 50 runs east and west...
by David McGee
 

 
 

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.
by David McGee
 

 

 

For a Friend

Just over the horizon, out of sight, beyond the ear’s reach, love, like the road, goes on forever. NANCY CASSIDY celebrates life for an ailing friend on SONG OF JOY.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Silence Lifts

ALICIA NUGENT, one of the finest voices of her generation, makes a triumphant return on KEITH STEGALL-produced THE OLD SIDE OF TOWN. They don't make 'em like her anymore.
by David McGee