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A.A. Williams’ Dark Debut Revels in Intense, Moving Music

A.A. Williams | Forever Blue | (Bella Union)4 out of 5 stars When the opening track of your debut album is titled “All I Asked for (Was to End It All)” and the accompanying pencil sketch...

A Life Well-Lived: David Foster Documentary Finds Him Front and Center

David Foster: Off the Record 4.5 out of 5 Stars They say nothing becomes a legend the most as the legends themselves. Well, maybe that saying hasn’t quite entered the popular lexicon just yet, but after...

Robert Francis Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

Robert Francis & The End Times | Vol. 1 | Aeronaut Records 4.5 of 5 Stars Robert Francis has demonstrated an extraordinary prolific prowess all throughout his 13-year career, a trajectory initiated at the...

The Stars Shine ‘On The Road: A Tribute To John Hartford’

When St. Louis-native, John Hartford, made his way to Nashville in the late 1960s, the record labels were unsure where to place him. His influence was as broad as the Missippi River on which he was raised. After almost four...

Atta Boy Returns after Eight Years With A More Focused Sound

Atta Boy | Big Heart Manners | (self-released)3 1/2 out of 5 stars It took eight years for the LA based Atta Boy to decide to follow-up 2012’s debut Out of Sorts. Lots of water...

Alberta Cross Releases New Album ‘What Are We Frightened Of’ Today

Featuring the passionate new single, "Find A Home Out There" https://youtu.be/jKDmqShhle4 Alberta Cross, "Find A Home Out There" In desolation we're empty and apartWe keep searching for a...

It’s Mother’s Day – Again – For Even More Rare Zappa Music

The Mothers | 1970 | (Zappa Records/UMe)3 out of 5 stars Like Grateful Dead fans, apparently too much is never enough for Zappa/Mothers followers either. How else to explain the constant stream of expanded albums and previously...

The Evening Hymns, ‘Heavy Nights’ Creates Moon-lit Shadows And Deep Impressions

Evening Hymns | Heavy Nights | (Shuffling Feet) 3 1/2 Stars out of Five Lazy, languid, but etched with emotion, Heavy Nights, the latest release from Evening Hymns, the nom de plume of Canadian singer/songwriter Jonas...

Tenille Townes Brings in Summer With ‘The Lemonade Stand’

Tenille Townes | The Lemonade Stand | (Columbia)Three out of Five Stars After two early albums on the independent Royalty Records label, Tenille Townes makes her major label debut with The Lemonade Stand, an...

A Pair of Genuine Pop Perfectionists Find Themselves In Sync

Rogers & Butler | Poets and Sinners | (Zip Records) 4.5 of 5 Stars An English expatriate, Edward Rogers has always managed to stay true to the musical values of his former homeland, expressing...
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For the 4th of July: Behind The Song “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin

In honor of the 4th of July, a surprising journey into the unexpected origins of this iconic...
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