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The Jayhawks: Continuing To Rewrite The Americana Playbook

The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust (Thirty Tigers) When the Jayhawks released their 1986 self-titled debut, founding members Gary Louris and Mark Olson formed a one-two punch of Everly Brothers-inspired harmonies and whip-smart songwriting that not...

Peter Wolf: Musical Taste That’s A Cure For Loneliness

Peter Wolf – A Cure for Loneliness (Concord) In a past life, Peter Wolf was best known as the frontman of the storied J. Geils Band. And while recent years have found the band periodically regrouping,...

Gary Lucas’ Fleisherei: Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons

Music from Max Fleischer Cartoons (Cuneiform) Thanks to vintage cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s, many a young person has gotten their first taste of Dixieland, jazz and swing without even realizing it. This was no more...

David Bromberg: Only Slightly Mad

Nowadays known for being a world-renowned luthier and violin maker, multi-talented instrumentalist David Bromberg reappeared back in 2007 with Try Me One More Time, an all-acoustic solo set of blues and folk songs. While the...

Lake Street Dive: Rocking A Side Pony And Major Musical Range

Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (Nonesuch)  At a time when what’s passing for pop is more about having songs being made of compositional structures slapped together in a studio with any hint of a traditional...

Bonnie Raitt: Digs In Deep While Adding To Her Legacy

Bonnie Raitt –Dig In Deep (Redwing) - Ever since releasing her 1971 self-titled debut album, Bonnie Raitt has used a combination of unparalleled guitar playing, sweet crooning, and mix of unconventional covers and stellar originals to create...
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