Written by | February 4, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

With my friend Jahn Xavier, I went to the Allen Room at Lincoln Center and was floored by Jason Isbel’s “American Songbook” set. You can see it for yourself as part of the PBS “Live From Lincoln Center” program when it airs later this year, till then take my word, it was a career defining masterpiece.

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Written by | January 29, 2014 0:01 | No Comments

Give me Back My Hometown – Eric Church – Somewhere between country and classic rock, catchy chorus-hook though the song is nothing special, it isn’t bad in a feel bad sort of way – B

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Written by | January 28, 2014 7:12 | No Comments

Choir Of Echoes – Peggy Sue – The difference between this English new folk bands third album and their last one, is the steady build of sound, like a choir of indie children, seems to go further. But the problem is that it can feel all of a piece which makes it hard to concentrate on particular songs; they become particular tracks – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

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Written by | January 27, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

The weather is killing live music and the release schedule is killing the album releases… except last year I had 8 albums on my best of list, and this year it will be at least 11. I don’t like David Crosby enough to be impressed that he is my pick of the week.

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