Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ed McClanahan – I Just Hitched In From The Coast

Even if Ed McClanahan’s I Just Hitched In From The Coast wasn’t a great read, it would still be worth owning just for the cover photo of a long, long ago Ed. I love Ed McClanahan.

Miles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2

Think of it: Miles Davis on trumpet; Wayne Shorter on saxophone; Chick Corea on keyboards; Dave Holland on bass; Jack DeJohnette on drums. In one band. This was the line-up for the Miles Davis Quintet circa 1969-1970 – a cast of players that began to take shape on Filles De Kilimanjaro and In A Silent […]

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Texas Flood (Legacy Edition)

If you don’t already own a copy of Texas Flood, the debut album by legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble, then you should. Once this album was released in 1983 the world of blues guitar – hell, just the world of guitar – was never the same again. Vaughan, bassist Tommy […]

Nick And The Ovorols – Telegraph Taboo

Nick And The Ovorols waste no time in getting down to the nitty, gritty, greasy bizness on their debut studio album Telegraph Taboo. After a second or two of frontman Nick Peraino’s guitar clearing its throat, “Take The V Train” fires up and gets underway, lurching like a half-drunk brontosaurus. When Peraino lets fly with […]

Aaron Neville – My True Story

Aaron Neville may be turning 72 this year, but you’d never know it by his voice. Sounding as smooth and silky and soulful as ever, Neville leads an all-star band of players through 12 tracks of luscious doo-wop goodness on his new album My True Story – an album guaranteed to put the rama-lama-ding-dong and […]

Music and words flow from Deer Isle lobsterman

I can write a decent review, interview, or feature about someone else. I can make up foolish stuff at the drop of a hat – the weirder the better. But I don’t do a very good job of tooting my own horn. Fortunately there are nice folks like Jenny Begin in the world, who wrote […]

Aaron Neville Tells My True Story

Well, I hope Aaron Neville’s happy. First, his rendition of “Tell It Like It Is” has been responsible for more steamy moments since 1967 than full moons and power outages combined. And then there’s the fact that The Neville Brothers – Aaron and brothers Art, Charles, and Cyril – have been making hips shake to […]

Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left To Know About The Iconic And Mercurial Rocker by Glen Boyd

Ticked off because you were going to buy your favorite Rustie a copy of Neil Young’s memoir Waging Heavy Peace for Christmas and you just found out they already nabbed a copy (having pre-ordered it a year or so ago)? Fret not – a solution is at hand. Seattle-based music journalist Glen Boyd wasn’t lying […]

Another Nightmare Gig From Hell: Musicians’ Tales Of Wonder And Woe – by Nick Zelinger & Tammy Brackett

Brokedown vans. Snowstorms. Floods. Brokedown vans. Clueless sound techs. Swarms of beetles. Brokedown vans. Vomiting vocalists. Drunken brides. And let’s not forget: brokedown van heaters. They’re all in here – and more; all the makings of the classic horrorshow for the working musician, or as the title of the book says, Another Nightmare Gig From […]

Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition – White Buffalo

In 2011, I wrote a review of Jimbo Mathus’ Confederate Buddha album, referring to the music on it as “rooted deeply in Mathus’ beloved Mississippi Hill Country, but the messages contained within the dozen tracks came from – and reach out to – some place far, far away.” My feelings about Confederate Buddha still stand […]

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