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Album Review – Liz Cooper & The Stampede: Live in Chicago (2019)

Genre – Americana, Nashville indie, Folk Rock, PsychedelicSpotify Listeners – 290kWhat to Expect – Stylistic voice; having fun with the crowd; progression of energy from beginning to end; fantastic guitar when she lets it really go  My fiancé and I both love Liz Cooper, which is a rare thing for us as our musical tastes […]

EP Review – Blac Rabbit (2017)

Genre – Psychedelic RockSpotify Listeners – 56kWhat to Expect – drawn out, echoing vocals; harmonies; pleasing structures with complex variations layered; early Beatles, Love and Tame Impala vibes Brothers/frontmen Amiri and Rahiem Taylor mention that they struggle to balance their adoration for the Beatles with finding their own identity. If they wanted, a Beatles cover […]

Retro Review: Soledad Brothers – Soledad Brothers

“This one goes out to all you rock ‘n roll philistines, all you non-believers. We’re going to give it to you Soledad Style.” Genre: Punk/Blues, RootsWhat To Expect: Lo-fi recording, high energy, extended riffing, distorted slide guitars, harmonica and vocals, off-key singing (only where necessary), and some slight blasphemy When watching my brother’s imported copy […]

Retro Review – R.L. Burnside – Burnside on Burnside

Credit- Fat Possum Records RL Burnside is an under-appreciated master of rhythm. Burnside recorded some in his youth but went widely unnoticed for decades unlike his contemporaries, one of which included Mississippi Fred McDowell (who was at one point his next door neighbor). But Burnside continued to play despite his lack of fame and recognition. […]

Deep Blues – Son House, Hollers & Slide Guitar

I love blues music. I believe that anyone with an interest in either music or history should learn to appreciate what is, perhaps only debatable to jazz, the largest influence on all of today’s popular music.

Mini-Post – Roots of Punk

Last week I happened across 3 tracks while I was working which I believe do a great job laying out the roots of the first wave Punk rock movement of the late 70’s. It is absolutely nowhere close to all encompassing, but it’s a quick look…

Dark as a Dungeon- Mining in Appalachian Kentucky: Part 3

Kentucky is a strange place to outsiders. It’s a southern state which didn’t secede. It’s a red state which maintained a democratic governor despite the Reagan renaissance in the 80’s up through 2015. The state famous for horse racing and bourbon is filled with counties where putting money towards either is illegal…

Dark as a Dungeon- Mining in Appalachian Kentucky: Part 2

Tenement housing and poverty in major cities around the turn of the 20th century gets the lion’s share of attention in history because of the plethora of available images showing the cramped and inhuman conditions. Poverty in coal camps was probably just as or more intense but it’s considerably less documented…

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