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Fred Neil

Posted on Sep 13, 2019 in 60s, COUNTRY/FOLK, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Moody, bluesy, and melodic, Fred Neil was one of the most compelling folk-rockers to emerge from Greenwich Village in the mid-’60s. His albums showcased his extraordinarily low, rich voice on intensely personal and reflective compositions, sounding like a cross between Tim Buckley and Tim Hardin. His influence was subtle but significant…

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Danny Gatton

Posted on Sep 6, 2019 in Country Rock, Fusion, Instrumental

Guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton was known for the incredibly wide stylistic range of his playing; based in rockabilly, Gatton’s musical vocabulary included R&B, pop, country, rock, and jazz, all of which he could play effectively. Gatton began playing at age nine, joining his first band, the Lancers, three years later. In 1960, Gatton pursued a jazz direction when he joined the Offbeats…

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Leadbelly

Posted on Aug 30, 2019 in 40s, BLUES, Country Blues, COUNTRY/FOLK, Pre-War Blues, Traditional Folk

Huddie Ledbetter, known as Lead Belly, was a unique figure in the American popular music of the 20th century. Ultimately, he was best remembered for a body of songs that he discovered, adapted, or wrote, including “Goodnight, Irene,” “Rock Island Line,” “Cotton Fields.” But he was also an early example of a folksinger whose background had brought him into direct contact with the oral tradition by which folk music was handed down…

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The Heads

Posted on Aug 23, 2019 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Indie, Psychedelic

On the surface, their independent 1995 debut, Relaxing With the Heads, seemed to slot right into the mid-’90s bustling stoner rock scene, built upon ’70s hard rock influences. But upon closer inspection, it soon became clear that the Heads never even made it that far. Instead, the band draws most of their inspiration from the late ’60s, combining the sounds of proto-punk Detroit and post-British Invasion psychedelic bands with the acid trips typical of U.K. space rock pioneers like Hawkwind…

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The Blues Brothers

Posted on Aug 17, 2019 in 80s, Rhythm & Blues

Whether celebrated as a sincere tribute or derided as a tongue-in-cheek put-on, the Blues Brothers — Joliet Jake and his silent brother Elwood — was among the most popular groups of the late ’70s; what started as a skit on the hit NBC television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live quickly snowballed to become a true phenomenon…

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Carl Perkins

Posted on Aug 11, 2019 in 50s, Country, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

While some ill-informed revisionist writers of rock history would like to dismiss Carl Perkins as a rockabilly artist who became a one-hit wonder at the dawn of rock & roll’s early years, a deeper look at his music and career reveals much more. His influence as the quintessential rockabilly artist has played a big part in the development of every generation of rockers to come down the pike since…

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Brighter

Posted on Aug 6, 2019 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Self-described “acoustical power trio” Brighter was founded in Worthing by singer/guitarist Keris Howard, his keyboardist girlfriend Alison and bassist Alex Sharkey. Signing to the now-legendary Sarah Records, the group issued its debut single “Around the World in Eighty Days” in August 1989, followed in February by “Noah’s Ark.” Apart from a flexi-disc release, “Next Summer,” Brighter wasn’t heard from again until late 1991…

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Bill Frisell

Posted on Aug 1, 2019 in 80s, Americana, Fusion, Instrumental, JAZZ

Guitarist Bill Frisell is widely known as one of the most versatile players in jazz history, despite possessing an always-instantly-recognizable warm, bell-like tone on his instrument no matter what he happens to be playing. Whether playing avant-jazz with his own bands, exploring various aspects of Americana and pop, or composing film scores, Frisell’s focus on timbral clarity and elegance shines through…

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Loop

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie, Psychedelic

Discordant, elusive, and utterly hypnotic, Loop conjured a dark, trance-like spell that contrasted sharply with the prevailing British pop music trends of their time. Touching upon the likes of the Stooges and Can in their sonic template, they resurrected the concept of space rock for a new era…

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Big Thief

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in Contemporary, Folk Rock, Indie

Eliciting adjectives like raw, volatile, vulnerable, and intimate, the folk-tinged indie rock of Brooklyn’s Big Thief is shaped by the very personal songwriting of singer/guitarist Adrianne Lenker. Lenker began releasing solo material as a teen in the mid-2000s before partnering with eventual bandmate Buck Meek on a pair of duo EPs in 2014…

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