Kicking It Up a Notch (or Two, or…)

KENNY 'BLUES BOSS' WAYNE comes out rockin' and rarely lets up on GO, JUST DO IT! In a tour de force performance, the Piano Hall of Fame inductee offers 10 original songs and terrific covers of two PERCY MAYFIELD tunes and a JJ ...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Keep on Pushin’

On CANVAS, NATALIE MACMASTER and DONNELL LEAHY, a true musical power couple, continue stretching stylistic boundaries in surprising ways. O, Canada!
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
 

 
 

The Persistence of ‘Time’

Seventeen albums into her career, KATHY KALLICK is making some of the best music of her distinguished career. The folk-bluegrass epistle TIME will hook you and never let go.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Lost Gospel

Describing themselves as 'battered veterans of punk-rock-art damage,' the trio known as THE BOOK OF AMY retreat to the early 20th Century Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Oh The Good Life

With her debut album IN THIS LIFE, ELISE TESTONE serves notice of being an artist pursuing a serious vision that has everything to do with substance and staying power. Later for 'American Idol' and the evanescent fame it offers.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Stop at Theresa’s

It was Junior Wells’s return to the Delmark fold; it was the titan Otis Spann’s last recording session. Buddy Guy was on guitar, Fred Below on drums. The spirit was that of Theresa's Lounge. Stop by.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Border Patrol

In a true border crossing event, GABRIEL ESPINOSA and TIERNEY SUTTON deliver a nuanced tribute to the songs of BURT BACHARACH and Mexican songwriting legend ARMANDO MANZANERO.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Man and A Woman

MELODY GARDOT and pianist PHILIPPE POWELL meets outside the frame and make beautiful music together on ENTRE EUX DEUX
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
 

 

 

The Game of Love

BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay B&N In a world festering with male-female duos, Austin’s Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay have some clear advantages over the competition. For starters, their dress i...
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Beautiful Day in Ms. Rogers’ Neighborhood

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood when KIMM ROGERS dives into her songs on WHERE THE PAVEMENT GROWS and asks: 'Would you be mine? Could you be mine?'
by David McGee