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Monday Morning Video: The Ponderosa Stomp!

Hot on the heels of our celebration of Muscle Shoals, we’ll turn our attention to another legendary music city: New Orleans. The Ponderosa Stomp music festival, to be held in New Orleans from October 3-5, bills itself as “celebrating the unsung heroes of American music.” It is an appropriate way to describe a weekend celebration […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Muscle Shoals, the Movie

Many would say that the “Muscle Shoals sound” began with the founding of FAME Studios. From humble beginnings above a drug store, the studio became an institution that spawned countless legendary recordings. A mind-blowing array of artists made the pilgrimage to Muscle Shoals to record at FAME and nearby Muscle Shoals Sounds. In the early […] more »

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The Muscle Shoals Music Guide, Part 2

The Pollies (Doc Dailey)

Twangville has teamed up with Muscle Shoals musician Jimbo Hart, known to many for his work with Jason Isbell and others, to highlight the many great artists that call Muscle Shoals home. THE POLLIESTwangville Says: With fuzzed out guitars, a touch of twang, and an unmistakable R&B swing, The Pollies sound like this generation’s great […] more »

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Mayer’s Playlist for July and August 2013, Part 2

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH Close to the Floor, by Patrick Sweany They say that great art is often the result of pain and adversity. It is a blessing and a curse. A blessing that we get to share in the work that results, a curse that the artist’s suffering lies at the root of the […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: The Black Crowes with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

How about a bit of Southern rhythm and blues to start the week? Here’s The Black Crowes with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks taking on the Joe Tex classic, “Show Me.” Look for more soulful goodness on the latest Tedeschi Trucks Band release, available tomorrow. Check it out here. more »

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Monday Morning Video: Lake Street Dive Say “I Want You Back”

Here’s a fun one for your Monday morning. Talented quartet Lake Street Dive take to a Boston sidewalk for this soulful take on the Jackson Five classic “I Want You Back.” more »

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Mayer’s Picks: The Best of 2013, So Far (the Songs)

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

Elephant and Super 8, Jason Isbell (from the Southeastern Records release Southeastern) This list wouldn’t ordinarily include two tracks from the same artist but I’m gonna make an exception. These two tracks exemplify the range of Isbell’s songwriting talent, from the somber beauty of “Elephant” to the boisterous rock of “Super 8.” Alphabet City, Todd […] more »

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Mayer’s Playlist for May/June 2013, Part 1

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ALBUMS OF THE MONTH The Low Highway, by Steve Earle The burden of Steve Earle’s legacy is mighty awesome. Since he emerged in the mid-1980′s he has established — and maintained — an incredible standard with his songwriting. His latest release continues the trend. Earle passed through Boston recently and talked about how this album […] more »

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Caitlin Rose- The Stand-In

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Writing this review is difficult for me, and not because my feelings about the album are ambiguous. I almost uniformly adore the record. The difficulty arises in attempting to write about the record. Because, despite my adoration of The Stand-In, I can’t really put my finger on the reason why. Every thought comes across as […] more »

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Mayer’s Playlist for March/April 2013, Part 1

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH The Beast In Its Tracks, by Josh Ritter It’s easy to be angry after a break-up. You want to grab a bottle of whisky and crank some classic angry Bob Mould songs (Black Sheets of Rain, anyone?). I suppose that Josh Ritter had a few of those moments when his marriage […] more »

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Mayer’s Playlist for February 2013, Part 2

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH On My Mind, In My Heart, by Jesse Dee Who’d have thought that a kid from Arlington Massachusetts could so brilliantly channel Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Al Green? Ladies and gentlemen, meet Jesse Dee. Over the course of 11 tracks, Dee rocks, rolls, reels and strolls as if he was […] more »

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James Montgomery Band – From Detroit to the Delta

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Veteran blues rocker James Montgomery has put together a varied, solid collection of songs on From Detroit to the Delta.  As the album title implies, the collection ranges in styles from uptown to urban to a Delta crossroads. Originally from Detroit but based in Boston, harmonica player and singer Montgomery has been a presence on the blues […] more »

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Joanne Shaw Taylor – Almost Always Never

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Joanne Shaw Taylor is in the vanguard of a group of driven, talented young European women who have taken on blues music – and taken no prisoners. Taylor, originally from Birmingham, England, has been playing professionally since she was a teenager (she toured with the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart’s group D.U.P. when she was only 16) […] more »

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Deanna Bogart – Pianoland

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Having won three past Blues Music Awards for her saxophone playing and a trunkful of Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards) in a fertile Washington, DC blues scene that included the likes of the Nighthawks, Tom Principato, Jimmy Thackery, Cephas & Wiggins, John Jackson, and Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart focuses her attention on her magical piano […] more »

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Cee Cee James – Blood Red Blues

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Caution:  On first listen, Cee Cee James’ Blood Red Blues may blow unexpectant listeners away.  James has a great voice and, at times, can channel Janis Joplin.  And her accompanying band, including James’ songwriting partner and husband, Rob “Slideboy” Andrews on slide guitar, can provide the perfect vehicle for her vocals.  Now based in St. Louis, James spent her […] more »

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