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James Booker – Classified: Remixed and Expanded (2013)

James Booker – Classified: Remixed and Expanded (2013)

James Booker’s tortured ingenuity was never given its due, partly because he mixed such a dizzying degree of elements into his sound and partly because of his legendary erraticisms.

Allen Toussaint – Songbook (2013)

Allen Toussaint – Songbook (2013)

Allen Toussaint’s languid, reverie-filled piano introduction to “Southern Nights,” a No. 1 hit he gave to Glen Campbell, is worth the price of admission to his new live set Songbook all by itself.

George Thorogood – George Thorogood and the Destroyers; Move It On Over (1978-79; 2013 reissue)

George Thorogood’s rough-hewn sound has become so ubiquitous — from classic-rock stations to an endless parade of movie soundtracks — that it’s difficult to remember just how nervy these two albums once sounded.

Duane Allman: Skydog: A Retrospective (2013)

Duane Allman: Skydog: A Retrospective (2013)

For those who don’t know much about Duane Allman beyond the Allman Brothers’ At Fillmore East and Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, this ambitious seven-disc, 129-song set is a revelation.

Little Feat – Rooster Rag (2012)

1973’s Dixie Chicken set a template for Southern-fried funkiness that Little Feat (despite a number of lineup changes over the decades) has never felt the need to redraw

Something Else! sneak peek: Jay Farrar, Yim Yames take on lost Woody Guthrie material

A dream team of Americana stars including Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Will Johnson (Centro-matic), Anders Parker (Varnaline), and Yim Yames (actually Jim James of My Morning Jacket) have gathered to reinterpret unrecorded lyrics from Woody Guthrie. Preview a track here!

Alvin Batiste – Marsalis Music Honors Series (2007)

Alvin Batiste – Marsalis Music Honors Series (2007)

Photo by Jim Eigo by Nick DeRiso People think of clarinets as this sound from a different era, and the guys who play them as having done so in black and white. The late Alvin Batiste, who initially found his muse in Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time,” was never that way. His isn’t a same-ole, same-ole southland sound so muchRead More

Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues (2011)

Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues (2011)

You can’t fault Gregg Allman his nostalgia on ‘Low Country Blues.’ Legendarily restless, he’s still a man, and the leader of a band, that’s been through a great deal.

Son Volt – American Central Dust (2009)

Son Volt – American Central Dust (2009)

by Nick DeRiso Introspective, but brimming with a raw-boned optimism, “American Central Dust” finds a focused Jay Farrar asking questions — and being OK when he doesn’t always get them. That confidence of purpose, despite the unease of our fast-moving, recession-torn dynamic, seems to come from getting back to a stripped-down musical approach that once defined Son Volt and itsRead More

Irma Thomas – Simply Grand (2008)

Irma Thomas – Simply Grand (2008)

Irma Thomas, whose Louisiana legend of a voice has darkened into a more expressive place, is taking a similar career tack. The new “Simply Grand,” in fact, finds Thomas moving deeper into the emotional underpinnings of her best work at a time when safer environs would probably be more profitable. That perhaps started with her most recent recording on Rounder,Read More

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