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Backup Planet: Reactions

by Matt Inman on May 25, 2017
Following up their 2015 debut, Element, Nashville-based quartet Backup Planet experienced a tough year, working through a crash that destroyed their touring van and equipment, as well as the loss...
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Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Greatest Licks—I Feel Like Singin’

by Jeff Tamarkin on May 24, 2017
The death of Dan Hicks at age 74 in early 2016 robbed us of one of the most distinctive singer-songwriters of his generation. Originally a drummer for the San Francisco-based band The Charlatans...
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Jessi Colter: The Psalms

by Jeff Tamarkin on May 23, 2017
The Psalms is a textbook case of how to mold the rawest materials into a thing of beauty and grace. The backstory goes like this: While producer Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith’s longtime guitarist and...
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Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors: Souvenir

by Matt Inman on May 22, 2017
After releasing last year’s Live at the Ryman, which captured Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors’ first appearance at the storied Nashville venue, the Music City-based outfit returns with their...
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Ruthie Foster: Joy Comes Back

by Jeff Tamarkin on May 19, 2017
Now here’s a song you never expect to hear on a blues album: “War Pigs,” the Black Sabbath classic. It’s six tunes in on three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster’s latest, and damn if it...
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Strand of Oaks: Hard Love

by John Adamian on May 18, 2017
If you embrace the idea of rock as a cathartic, healing ritual or something pretty close to religion or magic, then you will enjoy the new Strand of Oaks, which hints at the epic rock-preacher...
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Béla Fleck: Juno Concerto

by Jeff Tamarkin on May 17, 2017
It seems someone forgot to tell Béla Fleck that there are certain things a banjo just can’t do—like play with symphony orchestras. Thank you to those people who neglected to inform him because,...
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Leslie Mendelson: Love & Murder

by Lee Zimmerman on May 16, 2017
It’s been eight years since Leslie Mendelson released Swan Feathers, her previous solo album, and, during that time, the extended Grateful Dead family has adopted her, thanks to her work with...
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Gary Clark Jr.: Live/North America 2016

by Jeff Tamarkin on May 15, 2017
Gary Clark Jr.’s first live album—he simply called it Live—was released three years ago and was an absolute barn burner. So why not do it again? This second volume doesn’t really bring...
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Dead Relics—Grateful Dead: Dave’s Picks, Vol. 22 & Jerry Garcia Band: GarciaLive, Vol. 8

May 12, 2017
Grateful Dead- Dave’s Picks, Vol. 22: Felt Forum, New York, NY, 12/7/71Jerry Garcia Band- GarciaLive, Vol. 8: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI, 11/23/91Sometimes dismissed by Deadheads as a...

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