Category Archives: Blues-Roots

Trevor Menear: Trevor Menear

Trevor Menear is a Chicago-based guitarist-singer-songwriter who studied jazz but is drawn to blues-inflected rock and soul. He writes energetic songs whose lyrics ponder the world while his guitar is makes strong statements about it. Menear has a flair for … Continue reading

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Corey Harris: Zion Crossroads

Corey Harris’ "Zion Crossroads" is a terrific roots-reggae album from an artist known for a variety of African diaspora musical styles. Harris’s recent trip to Ethiopia influenced a CD that ranges from gospel reggae to politically conscious reggae rock. Harris … Continue reading

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Daniel Ho: Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Live From Maui

"Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Live From Maui" features energetic and passionate performances by the genre’s best-known players, innovators and other renowned acoustic Hawaiian artists. Recorded at the Ritz-Carlton by guitarist and producer Daniel Ho, the CD is … Continue reading

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Nathan Maxwell: Happiness in Time

Singer-songwriter Nathan Maxwell’s first full-length CD, "Happiness in Time," is a heartfelt country-soul recording that showcases a talented young artist. The mostly live-in-the-studio recording – with a great band – has a timeless, easy-grooving quality that updates the classics that … Continue reading

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Daniel Ho: Simple as a Sunrise

Daniel Ho is a multi-instrumentalist composer and record producer who is best-known as a Hawaiian slack key guitarist. Two of his songs were on "Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar," which won the 2006 Grammy Award for best Hawaiian music … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Foucault: Stripping Cane

Folk singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault says he’s always been drawn to dark moods and topics. His latest CD, "Stripping Cane," is a series of musical snapshots ranging from the existential to the inexplicable. Foucault doesn’t ponder the exact meaning of his … Continue reading

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Jay McShann: Goin’ to Kansas City

Kansas City blues and jazz legend Jay McShann is still making records, well into his 80s. On Grammy-nominated "Goin’ to Kansas City," McShann is joined by Duke Robillard, Maria Muldaur, Johnnie Johnson and others. These profiles, produced from interviews by … Continue reading

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James Blood Ulmer: No Escape From The Blues

For decades, James Blood Ulmer has been known for intense, distinctive guitar playing and singing on the cutting edge of jazz and funk. That changed when Vernon Reid convinced him to make a blues CD, which was nominated for a … Continue reading

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Ray Wylie Hubbard: Growl

Texas roots musician Ray Wylie Hubbard’s latest recording, "Growl," is a notable gut-level exploration of what Hubbard describes as "rural people with their own agenda." Crafted with roots producer-extraordinaire Gurf Morlix, Hubbard’s bottleneck and steel guitars provide the perfect setting … Continue reading

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Jerry Ragovoy and Howard Tate: Howard Tate Rediscovered

When it comes to great soul albums of the 1960s, the music of vocalist Howard Tate and writer-arranger Jerry Ragovoy is among the very best. Today, 30 years after Tate left the music business, the pair have returned with a … Continue reading

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