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‘El Dorado’ Displays Another Side of Marcus King, and His Talent

Marcus King | El Dorado | (Fantasy) 4 out of 5 stars ‘El Dorado’ is billed as the solo debut for Marcus King -- the 23-year-old guitarist/singer/songwriter -- and while that...

Lisa Bell Offers Most Emphatic Effort Yet on ‘Back Seat’

Lisa Bell | Back Seat | (Lisa BellMusic) 3.5 out of 5 Despite a career that stretches back over the expanse of 20 years and five albums that span several styles...

Marshall Crenshaw Starts 2020 Off Right With ‘Miracle of Science’ Re-Issue

Marshall Crenshaw | Miracle of Science | (Shiny-Tone/Megaforce) 4 out of 5 stars For a guy who cranked out terrific power pop discs every few years starting with a 1982 debut,...

Harry Nilsson, ‘Losst and Founnd’ is a Belated Return from a Would-Be Superstar

Harry Nilsson | Losst and Founnd | (Omnivore)Rating: Four out of Five Although known to many merely for his handful of hits — “Jump Into the Fire,” “Without You,” “Everybody’s Talkin’,” “Coconut,” “Me and...

Laura Nyro ‘More Than a New Discovery’ Reissue is Simply Stellar

Laura Nyro | More Than a New Discovery-vinyl reissue | (Real Gone/Second Disc) 5 out of 5 stars When it comes to acknowledging the finest, most influential singer-songwriter debuts, names like...

Maya Beiser Risk Is Rewarded On ‘Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar’

Maya Beiser  | Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar | (Islandia Music) 4 out of 5 stars This radical interpretation of David Bowie’s final album, led by Maya Beiser’s cello and backed with full...

Paul Kelly Greatest Hits Is a Tribute To His Songwriting

Paul Kelly | Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits-Songs from the South 1985-2019 | (Cooking Vinyl) 4 1/2 out of 5 stars Mention Paul Kelly’s name to virtually any Australian music fan and...

‘Hot Rats Sessions’ Is a Frank Zappa Epic Worth Investing In

Frank Zappa | Hot Rats Sessions | (Zappa Records/UME) 5 out of 5 stars Unless you were around and musically aware in 1969 when this, Frank Zappa’s first official solo album,...

George Ducas Shares Classic Country with a Modern Mindset

George Ducas | Yellow Rose Motel | (Loud Ranch Records) Rating: 3 out of 5 stars These days, there’s a distinct divide between what’s defined as commercial country and the sounds...
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Book Review: “Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventure” by Louie Kemp

There’s never been a book about Bob Dylan like this one. Because there’s never been a friend...

Kevin Faherty In Memory of Dave Olney

Nashville songwriter and friend to many Kevin Faherty, writer of "Singer-Songwriter Heaven" and other brilliant songs, was good friends with Dave Olney,...
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