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Volume 1-2016

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Currently on RARadio:

"On to the Next One" by Jacqueline Van Bierk

"I See You Tiger" by Via Tania

"Lost the Plot" by Amoureux"

Bright Eyes, Black Soul" by The Lovers Key

"Cool Thing" by Sassparilla

"These Halls I Dwell" by Michael Butler

"St. Francis"by Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh; 

"Who Do You Love?"by Elizabeth Kay; 

"Rebirth"by Caterpillars; 

"Monica's Frock" by Signel-Z; 

"Natural Disasters" by Corey Landis; 

"1,000 Leather Tassels" by The Blank Tapes; 

"We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines" by Outer Minds; 

"Another Dream" by MMOSS; "Susannah" by Woolen Kits; 

Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A SECRET PARTY;

"I Miss the Day" by My Secret Island,  

"Carriers of Light" by Brendan James;

"The Last Time" by Model Stranger;

"Last Call" by Jay;

"Darkness" by Leonard Cohen; 

"Sweetbread" by Simian Mobile Disco and "Keep You" fromActress off the Chronicle movie soundtrack; 

"Goodbye to Love" from October Dawn; 

Trouble in Mind 2011 label sampler; 

Black Box Revelation Live on Minnesota Public Radio;

Apteka "Striking Violet"; 

Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get Along";

Dana deChaby's progressive rock

 

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ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves atNOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 

 

 

Music Reviews Archives

Index:

Edo Castro - Sacred Graffiti - by RAR

Elizabeth Kay - My Fugitive Years - by RAR

Sam Broussard - Veins - by RAR

Angie Mattson - Skeleton Arm - by RAR

The Laynes - It's For You - by RAR

Henry Oden - You're Wrong For That! - by RAR

Tia Carroll Live at Armando's by Douglas Strobel

Michael ONeill - Ain't Leavin' Your Love - by RAR

Sarah Stanley - Tuesday Girl - by RAR

Hilary York - In The Dark Hilary York- by RAR

Tom Corwin/Tim Hockenberry - Mostly Dylan - by RAR

The Boxmasters - Modbilly - by RAR

Mad Buffalo - Wilderness - by RAR

Leslie and the Badgers - Roomful of Smoke - by RAR

Volker Strifler Band - The Dance Goes On - by Douglas Strobel

The Shamblers - Steps Toward Home - by Douglas Strobel

The Shamblers by Douglas Strobel

Dan McCorison's - Wayfarin' Stranger - by Douglas Strobel

Misner and Smith - Poor Player - by Douglas Strobel

The Vintage Mink -  Brothers on Fire - by Diana Olson

Dave Rude Band by RAR

 

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You're Stupid!

When Mia Michaels says that - "You're Stupid" - on the hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" it is a supreme compliment. Unfortunately, when I get told that same thing it is invariably because of something I have done. I am not astonishing in any way, just "stupid" in the traditional sense.

This edition I have posted a review of country showboat Michael ONeill's new CD (click here to read the review), and "stupid" is what he thought I was when I commented on the strength of the players on the recording, prompting this instant message from his iPhone:

"Holy shit the players on this record are the best of the best,
Dony Wynn drums / Robert Palmer - Brooks and dunn
Will sexton bass. Charlie sextons brother
Lloyd mains Dixie chicks
Carl bromel -my morning jacket
Goggle these folks
Randy korhs"

So chastened, I did some "Goggling" and learned about some great talent in the process.

 

Dony Wynn, who plays drums on Ain't Leavin' Your Love, is most closely associated with the late Robert Palmer, with whom he played for years, but he got his first big-time tour experience as a teenager playing with Dr. John. Other of his associations have been with Brooks and Dunn, Steve Winwood, Patti LaBelle, and Wang Chung. He has one of the coolest Websites around at http://www.donywynn.com/ , which is packed with clever design, intelligent writing and memorable lines, like this: My good friends, Jim Keltner and Jeff Porcaro, supreme drummers each, both subscribed to the fact that beatmasters are old souls who were drummers in past lives..."

 

 

 

That introduction of Will Sexton as "Charlie Sexton's brother" is understandable as a context setter - Charlie Sexton came to prominence as guitarist with Bob Dylan through Dylan's resurgence in the late 1990s and into the new millennium. Charlie has gone on to produce Lucinda Williams, tour with Eric Clapton, and launch his own band, Arc Angels, with Tommy Shannon and Chris "Whipper" Layton of "Double Trouble" (Stevie Ray Vaughn's rhythm section). For all these reasons, Charlie Sexton's name has resonance, but he and his brother Will (pictured left in a photo by Todd Wolfson) share a provenance in Austin, Texas, where Will performs constantly, and both were taught guitar by Austin legend W.C. Clark, the "Godfather of the Austin Blues". Will and Charlie were in the same band, "Will and the Kill", which in 1988 released an album on MCA that was produced by Joe Ely and featured Jimmy Vaughn on some tracks. Will went on to collaborations with Waylon Jennings, Roky Erickson (psychedelic), and punker Johnny Thunders. He was in the "New Folk Underground" and he co-produced Ruby James with his brother Charlie.

 

Lloyd Maines is the multi-instrumentalist producer of the Dixie Chicks, and father of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. He was a member of the Joe Ely Band and played with Guy Clark, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Golden Bear, and other Texas musicians. He was a member of The Maines Brothers Band in the late 1970s and early 1980s and has contributed to alt-country releases, including Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne and Wilco's debut, A.M.. The Grammy Award winner has produced and recorded Butch Hancock, Rita Hosking, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charlie Robison, the Lost Gonzo Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Wayne Hancock, Owen Temple, Robert Earl Keen, Terri Hendrix, Pat Green, Roger Creager, Two Tons of Steel, and The Waybacks.

Carl Broemel is an American rock musician. He currently plays the guitar, pedal steel guitar, saxophone and sings back-up vocals for the Louisville, Kentucky band My Morning Jacket. Broemel was listed among Rolling Stone's "20 New Guitar Gods" along with My Morning Jacket front man Jim James under the title of "Skynard-Art Theorists." He released a solo album titled "Lose What's Left". (from Wikipedia)

 

Randy Korhs came to prominence playing with Hank Williams III and Tom T. Hall, and later the Canadian band Continental Divide. Other associations have been with Holly Dunn,  John Cowan and Dolly Parton. In 2001, he released his debut solo album, A Crack In My Armour, on Junction Records. In 2004, Parton recorded a duet with him, “It Looked Good On Paper,” for his third album, I’m Torn, on Lonesome Day Records. It spent eight months on the bluegrass charts, rising into the Top 5. To date, Kohrs has played on more than 500 albums, ranging from those by such legends as Hank Thompson and Jerry Reed to current and recent chart-toppers Trick Pony, Dierks Bentley and The Wreckers. In the bluegrass domain, he has recorded projects for Larry Sparks, Rhonda Vincent, Mark Newton, Bradley Walker, Lou Reid, and 3 Fox Drive, among others. (Largely from his MySpace site.)

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The Leslie and the Badgers CD Roomful of Smoke is scheduled for release on July 7, 2009.

 

To listen to Leslie and the Badgers tracks, click here to visit their MySpace site.

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Break from Classic Blues

Roy Rogers Issues a Songwriter CD

Slide master Roy Rogers has a new CD, Split Decision, now available at www.roy-rogers.com in the Music Store and no doubt soon available more widely. This new release features new Americana, blues/rock and jazz influenced tracks. Regarding the new release Roy says "Split Decision is more about the songwriting and, in addition, I aimed to create a much more edgy sound and cross-genre style. I really wanted to craft strong stories and mix it up a bit with a lot of very different guitar tones and textures - and still have those solid roots-oriented grooves. My influences are from all over the map. I love combining different elements on a recording, but ultimately it is about 'the feel' of the total record. I hope that shines through in a positive way for people."

Roy played a much talked about show at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival that received a glowing review in USA Today. That no doubt contributed to a strong debut at #13 on the Billboard Blues chart.

 

 

 

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