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By Michael Jefferson On Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Bobbie Gentry: The Girl from Chickasaw County – The Complete Capitol Masters

Bobbie Gentry The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters (Capitol Nashville) Bobbie Gentry was much more than her 1967 #1 hit “Ode to Billie Joe.” A photogenic Southern belle, Gentry was More...

By Michael Jefferson On Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Paul Weller: True Meanings

Paul Weller True Meanings (Warner Bros.) Welcome back, Paul Weller. Since stripping down his electronica-infused songs and releasing the grating As is Now in 2005, Weller’s subsequent albums have mostly tread More...

By Michael Jefferson On Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Steve Winwood: Greatest Hits Live

Steve Winwood Greatest Hits Live (Wincraft Records) If there was a Mt. Rushmore for most versatile musicians, Steve Winwood’s face would be on it. Winwood has been making music since he was 14, starting as More...

By Michael Jefferson On Monday, July 11th, 2016

Mike Harrison: Mike Harrison/Smokestack Lightning/Rainbow Rider

Mike Harrison Mike Harrison/Smokestack Lightning/Rainbow Rider (BGO Records) If the devil could sing, he’d sound like Mike Harrison. Harrison’s threatening, bluesy growl gave Spooky Tooth its personality. More...

By Michael Jefferson On Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Graham Nash: This Path Tonight

Graham Nash This Path Tonight (Blue Castle) This Path Tonight is all about acoustic minimalism. What instruments there are (acoustic guitars, Hammond organ, piano, and a compassionate rhythm section) are low-fi More...

By Michael Jefferson On Friday, April 29th, 2016

Emitt Rhodes: Rainbow Ends

Emitt Rhodes Rainbow Ends (Omnivore Recordings) It’s been 43 years between albums for Emitt Rhodes, who spent his time trying to extricate himself from the ludicrous contract he signed demanding six albums More...

By Michael Jefferson On Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy

Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy (Atlantic Catalog Group) While Robert Plant has chosen to expand his musical horizons recording award-winning folk with Alison Krauss, retro rock with the Band of Joy and hard-edged More...

By Michael Jefferson On Friday, August 15th, 2014
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YES: Heaven & Earth

Yes Heaven & Earth Frontiers Records Yes has been reborn – as Starcastle. Heaven & Earth marks the debut of another Jon (Davison) who takes over for Benoit David, who took over for the original Jon (Anderson). More...

By Michael Jefferson On Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic Catalogue Group) Any album that opens with a viking yell and ends with a tribute to Roy Harper has to be unique. A surprising blend of hard rock and soft acoustic tunes, More...

By Michael Jefferson On Monday, April 21st, 2014

Jack Bruce: Silver Rails

Jack Bruce Silver Rails (Esoteric Antenna) Jack Bruce, the dean of bass guitar, has released Silver Rails, his first solo album in ten years. It’s well worth the wait. Bruce’s voice is shakier, more weathered More...