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Loudon Wainwright III, History (Charisma Records)

What Loudon Wainwright III is doing on History should be recognizable to New Orleans listeners: Wainwright’s father, the Life magazine journalist of the same name, died recently, and this album […]

John Jackson, Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down (Arhoolie Records)

When sifting through obscure blues, you find lots of characters. Life stories can equal, and sometimes even surpass, the music, but it is the music that ultimately counts—colorful stories only […]

Ella Fitzgerald, The Ella Fitzgerald 75th Birthday Celebration: The Original Decca Recordings (MCA Records)

Ella Fitzgerald was only twenty when she recorded her 1938 Decca smash, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket.” Within a year she was listed at the top of national magazines’ readers’ polls. Now, on […]

Lenny McDaniel, Bad for Me (Renegade Records)

When New Orleans expatriate Lenny McDaniel came home after 13 years of self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, he didn’t return empty-handed. He brought along material that became his debut as […]

Midnight Creepers, Breaking Point (Wild Dog Records)

On this, the Midnight Creepers’ third, and by far best, recording, ordinary white boy Daytona blues has become Philly funkified and gospel deep. This crack outfit functions as the King […]

Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet, The Juliet Letters (Warner Brothers Records)

A lesser talent might have screwed up such an interesting idea. Which is: based on the premise of the Veronese professor who replied to letters addressed to “Juliet Capulet,” write […]

Jellyfish, Spilt Milk (Charisma Records)

Whilst perusing the merchandise in Record Ron’s not long ago, my eyes chanced to gaze upon an ancient Archie’s lunchbox. Archie, Jughead, et al, were playing guitar, etc. in the […]

Noble Coyotes, Noble Coyotes (Powder Monkey Records)

This great party CD moves through a diversity of styles (including swamp pop, blues and rockabilly), but never strays far from good ole rock and roll. The band is made […]

Black Ace, I’m the Boss Card in Your Hand (Arhoolie Records)

Walter “Furry” Lewis and B.K. “Black Ace” Turner are footnotes in blues history, two slide guitarists with wildly different styles. Lewis was more the performer than the technician, his claim […]

Furry Lewis, Fourth and Beale (Lucky 7 Records)

Walter “Furry” Lewis and B.K. “Black Ace” Turner are footnotes in blues history, two slide guitarists with wildly different styles. Lewis was more the performer than the technician, his claim […]