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Devon Allman’s Solo Flight

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 2:46 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine I recently interviewed singer, songwriter and guitarist Devon Allman about his first solo album, “Turquoise.”  Devon is the oldest son of Gregg Allman, co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame greats The Allman Brothers Band.  Devon talked about growing up without his father and what it was like to meet him […]

Acting Like Musicians

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 4:14 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald Hugh Laurie is one heck of an actor. Famed for his roles in the British TV series “Blackadder” and “Jeeves and Wooster,” he burst onto United States TV screens in 2004 as irascible M.D. Gregory House. His show, “House,” earned him multiple awards and the distinction of being among the highest-paid actors […]

Make Mine A Double

Posted April 30th, 2013 at 9:52 pm (UTC+0)

By Doug Levine If you’re in the mood for some great electric blues, look no further than two new releases from Stony Plain Records. First, veteran guitarist, singer and bandleader Duke Robillard treats us to his signature blend of R&B, rock, jazz and Tex-Mex on his new album, “Independently Blue.” I remember hearing the name […]

What’s New Down South?

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 6:35 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine I had a chance to talk with Florida singer and guitarist JJ Grey, leader of his band Mofro.  JJ describes his music as “swamp funk,” a style that might conjure up visions of cypress trees and alligators lurking in muddy waters. There’s no question, JJ Grey is a natural storyteller.  His songs […]

AJ Croce

Posted March 15th, 2013 at 11:19 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole Hello again from Austin. Day three of SXSW Music 2013 and I’m still running around like a crazy person. I’m getting over my disappointment at not winning the Prince ticket lottery, thanks to all the other great music at all other great music going on around town. (That’s not entirely true, but […]

Alvin Lee, 1944 – 2013

Posted March 7th, 2013 at 6:57 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald Last week,  I wrote about “seizing the day” when it came to viewing and appreciating artists, especially those of advancing ages. We never know what tomorrow may bring, and today we mourn the passing of a great musician. On March 6th, guitarist Alvin Lee died from complications following what was reportedly a […]

The Clock Is Ticking

Posted February 28th, 2013 at 10:11 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald Eric Clapton sounds tired. Talking to “Rolling Stone” Magazine, the 67-year-old guitar legend says he plans to stop touring once he hits 70. Eric says he still loves to perform, but the rigors of traveling – such as dealing with immigration officials and security checks – is proving too much. I can […]

Mumbai Blues

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 8:32 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole I’m just back from two and a half weeks touring around India—wish I could have spent twice that long in that wonderful country. I didn’t get to any clubs or concert halls on this trip, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hear any good music. Breakfast at our hotel in Udaipur featured […]

Mitch Woods Takes His “Blues Beyond Borders”

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 9:46 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine Who knew swing and boogie-woogie were so popular in Istanbul?  Mitch Woods, who’s been playing piano around the world for decades, knows firsthand that Turkey loves the blues.  In fact, his new CD “Blues Beyond Borders” was recorded live in Istanbul, a concert with so much energy you could almost hear the […]

A Tribute To Memphis Minnie

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 4:17 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine It’s true you learn something new every day.  Take the great country blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Memphis Minnie (1897-1973).  I never knew that Minnie was actually born and raised in Algiers, Louisiana, not in Memphis, Tennessee.  And, it was news to me that her real name wasn’t Minnie, but Lizzie Douglas.  […]

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