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The maestro — born on this day. I pretty much have all of his back catalogue going back to the 50s. bluegrassbluesCajunClarence “Gatemouth” Browncountryfiddlefunk zydekoguitarJazzLouisianaSwingtexas

Jew of Oklahoma

If you appreciate Kinky Friedman then you’ll certainly enjoy Mark Rubin of Bad Livers fame. The seamless confluence of many styles is an authentic distillation that marks this debut out for serious consideration, shot through with a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. The interesting/revealing thing is that given the prevailing (crude and superficial) social ontology, i.e., “basket of deplorables” — Mark would easily…

lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar

Well, Plant is back and the initial reviews seem to be very warm and pretty similar. Pitchfork The Guardian American Songwriter Paste  Rolling Stone Live4ever bluegrassbluescountry and westernfolkgospelLed ZeppelinmusicRobert PlantThe Sensational Space Shifters

A Gospel Bluegrass Companion

I highly recommend this just released work by the High Bar Gang: seven highly talented individuals in their own right working in perfect ensemble – all egos left at the door. The three female voices all very strong and the musicianship subtle (special shout-out to the bassist who clearly was the glue). Hearing the HBG…