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Jesus of Cool

Another fabulous evening in the company of Nick Lowe and the razor-sharp Los Straitjackets. A lovely balanced set from across his amazing back catalogue. I’m pleased to learn that a biography of Nick is forthcoming: here is an interview with biographer Will Birch. country and westernLos Straitjacketsmusicnick lowerockabillyWill Birch

Nick Lowe at Daryl’s House Club

Would I love to be at this gig! Now that would be a night to remember. I saw them a few years back in a conventional theatre setting and that was superb. Nick is a musician’s musician — it was unusual to see so many musicians in the audience paying their respects. If you are…

NOLA CDs of the year

My list of the year’s best releases associated with New Orleans and Louisiana. See Red — Deltaphonic Hot Like Fire — Bonerama Seasonal Affective Disorder — Loose Cattle Live in Concert — The First Revolution Singers boneramacountry and westernDeltaphonicfunkgospelloose cattlethe first revolution singers

Don’t be Afraid

I highly recommend Tami Neilson’s album “Don’t be Afraid” which I’ve been listening to for the past week after having seen her blistering live performance. The album’s been out for a couple of years: exclaim! and BluesBlast pretty much get her authentic talent. For me it’s the lovely seamless blend of gospel, country, soul and rockabilly: all the…

American Epic

Documentary debuting this evening on PBS — the trailer here. AMERICAN EPIC represents a ten-year odyssey by Allison McGourty, director Bernard MacMahon, musician Duke Erikson, and audio engineer Nicholas Bergh, that involved tracking down countless long forgotten musicians, restoring the music that they recorded and reassembling the technology that created it. Along the way they brought…