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Maceo Parker’s Roots and Grooves was half genius, half missed opportunity

Maceo Parker’s Roots and Grooves was half genius, half missed opportunity

Released 10 years ago today, this album found Maceo Parker trying another fun experiment with history and sound, but with mixed results.

The Beatles, “Act Naturally” from Help! (1965): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Act Naturally” from Help! (1965): Deep Beatles

“Act Naturally” came, well, naturally for Ringo Starr. He had flirted with country music long before joining the Beatles.

After Years of Struggle, Robert Finley’s Finally ‘Got a Thing Going On’

After Years of Struggle, Robert Finley’s Finally ‘Got a Thing Going On’

Long overlooked Louisiana bluesman Robert Finley begins the 20-date “Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour” with Dan Auerbach on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 in Vancouver.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Declared ‘Time’s Up’ – Way Back in 1972

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Declared ‘Time’s Up’ – Way Back in 1972

As the Time’s Up / #metoo women’s movement rages on, Mike Tiano notes that John Lennon and Yoko Ono boldly addressed this issue decades ago.

Anna Nalick, singer-songwriter: Something Else! Interview

Anna Nalick, singer-songwriter: Something Else! Interview

Anna Nalick joined Kristina Mondo to discuss the best piece of advice she was ever given, her dream collaborator and her very first song-writing experience.

Toto, “Struck By Lightning” from 40 Trips Around the Sun (2018): Sneak Peek

Toto, “Struck By Lightning” from 40 Trips Around the Sun (2018): Sneak Peek

Toto’s “Struck By Lightning” has a tough attitude that wouldn’t have been out of place on 1984’s ‘Isolation’ or 1992’s ‘Kingdom of Desire.’ Yet it also offers something different.

Steve Porcaro goes inside Toto’s new music: ‘It was a Toto first’

Steve Porcaro goes inside Toto’s new music: ‘It was a Toto first’

Toto’s Steve Porcaro joins Preston Frazier to discuss their expanded greatest-hits package, and how a key moment on his recent solo project impacted the band.

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Down in New Orleans added a new musical wrinkle

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Down in New Orleans added a new musical wrinkle

The Blind Boys of Alabama fixed a glaring hole in their amazing career resume with ‘Down in New Orleans,’ released on this date 10 years ago.

The Beatles, “Words of Love” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Words of Love” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, particularly John Lennon and Paul McCartney, were avid students of the Texas-born singer-songwriter Buddy Holly.

Warren Zevon – Mr. Bad Example (1991): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon – Mr. Bad Example (1991): On Second Thought

This remains a strong, too-often overlooked Warren Zevon album. Yet ‘Mr. Bad Example’ marked the beginning of his career’s second act.

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