DJ for Bluegrass and Beyond
Palisade, Colorado, United States
My earliest recollection with music is a little green record I had as a very young child. I shared a room with my older sister who shared her music with me (like it or not). But she and my older brother wanted to make sure I was listening to the popular music of the day. My parents listened to classical and took me to the symphony regularly.
As a teen I liked it all...folk (Peter, Paul, and Mary; Bob Dylan; Pete Seeger), soul (Otis Redding; Carla Thomas), Motown, ... Read More
Latest Album Reviews
Review of Every Day of Your Life
Album Info: Every Day of Your Life
Jimmy Johnson Album: Every Day of Your Life Label: Delmark Genre(s): Chicago Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Jan 19, 2020
Assisted by lively, solid backup, veteran Chicago bluesman Jimmy Johnson does the Windy City proud serving up vintage guitar and vocal styles over a set that charges the old school with here-and-now energy. In addition to the leader’s tasty fretwork, keyboardists Roosevelt Purifoy and Brother John Kattke drop some solid choruses of their own. Standouts here include the B.B. King gem “I Need You So Bad”, ”My Ring” and the title track.
Mrs. Henry Album: Mrs. Henry Presents THE LAST WALTZ Label: Blind Owl Genre(s): Folk Rock
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Jan 16, 2020
The late 1960s and early 1970s was a historic era for rock music. When The Band showed up in 1968 it was then their signature song “The Weight” took over the airwaves. So here we are 50+ years later and a band of undaunted young musicians called Mrs. Henry decided to do a remake of the Band’s swan song concert called The Last Waltz. Taking place on Thanksgiving day in 1976, the original concert called The Last Waltz was filmed and recorded and featured a who’s who of rock superstars including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Ringo Starr and a never ending list of iconic musicians appearing with Robbie Robertson and the original members of The Band. Bidding farewell to The Band at the time wasn’t easy, and as such The Last Waltz went down in music history as a turning point event. So it is that, 41 years later Mrs.
Fernando Perdomo Album: The Crimson Guitar Label: Forward Motion Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Jan 15, 2020
I had the chance to see singer-songwriter and guitarist Fernando Perdomo perform at the fabled Colony Theater in Miami Beach when the Florida-born musician opened for Jon Anderson in November 2013. Fernando’s notable guitar work and his dedication to prog has extended to many artists over the years, yet an unexpected treat comes by way of a 2019 all instrumental album he released as a tribute to prog-rock legends King Crimson. The twist here is that The Crimson Guitar is a 10 track, 29 minute all-instrumental classical guitar tribute to the music of Robert Fripp and Ian McDonald, especially drawing from the 1969 Court Of The Crimson King album. Known for its mix of unforgettable pop melodies and groundbreaking prog-fusion, the first King Crimson album will forever remain a classic and on The Crimson Guitar Fernando offers unique glimpses into the evergreen melodies from songs like
Michigan-based Full Cord Bluegrass’ third studio album “Choreomania” is a six-song EP that was recorded live in 2019. The band formed over a decade ago when guitarist Eric Langejans met upright bassist Todd Kirchner at the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, and they decided to form this ensemble that’s rather unique as compared to most standard, contemporary bluegrass outfits. The band now also includes Brian Oberlin (mandolin) and Grant Flick (fiddle). Oberlin is known worldwide as a master mandolinist, and he’s also a very prolific songwriter with three engaging originals on this album (Boneyard Vamp, Cajun Mandolin, Leadfoot). He also sings with considerable emotional electricity. Flick penned the driving “Road to Tavistock,” an instrumental with plenty of snappy, old-time spirit. While Flick and Oberlin thrill listeners with their fluid melodic
Frank Kohl Album: The Crossing Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Contemporary Jazz
Posted By: Joe Ross
Jan 12, 2020
A conversation of two guitars and bass can cover many musical moods, and we’re not disappointed on “The Crossing” as guitarist Frank Kohl teams up with internationally renowned guitarist John Stowell and New York bassist Steve LaSpina. No drummer in the mix gives the project a relaxed easy-listening groove, especially nice for late-night music or for unwinding with a glass of wine after a stressful day. The guitarists tap all of their instruments’ melodic, chordal and rhythmic functions on tunes like Jobim’s “O Grande Amour” and Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays.” On the former, LaSpina’s bowed improvisations are full of character. Impeccable tone and a warm approach are found in Kohl’s five self-penned compositions, with “Sojourn” and “New Moon” being favorites. “Middle of Nowhere”