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Bobby Broom Organi-Sation; Live at Arkansas Music Pavilion
Posted Friday, July 25, at 9:52 AM
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker do not suffer fools gladly. Matter of fact, they do not suffer fools at all. Never have and probably never will. So it was really no surprise when jazz guitarist supreme Bobby Broom was tabbed to open up Steely Dan's Jamalot Ever After Summer 2014 Tour...

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Johnny Winter 1944-2014
Posted Thursday, July 17, at 10:05 AM

The first time I saw Johnny Winter up close and personal was at a mid-sized venue in Wichita, Kansas in the late 1970s, when he was touring to support his then-current album, White, Hot and Blue. Winter and his power trio took to the stage and were most-definitely white-hot as they tore into their patented mixture of blues-based rock-n-roll...

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Note By Note - Lefty Williams Band
Posted Friday, July 11, at 10:20 AM

Lefty Williams Band All In As curious as it may be to say about a guitar player with all the passion and precession of Lefty Williams, the first thing that stands out about the native son of Georgia's latest album is the finely-honed construction of the songs...

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Note By Note - Pork Chop Willie
Posted Wednesday, June 11, at 5:53 PM

Pork Chop Willie Love is the Devil You can probably count the number of native New York guitarists playing the real-deal Hill Country blues on one hand. You can probably count the number of New York-based bands playing the real-deal Hill Country blues that also feature a female fiddle player on one finger...

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Note By Note - Styx
Posted Wednesday, June 4, at 9:13 AM

Styx Paradise Theater As the 1970s gave way to the 1980s -- to pull a song title right off their first release of the Regan Era -- it was "The Best of Times" for Styx. But that would quickly change. Tensions within the band, magnified by the ill-fated concept album and ensuing world tour for Kilroy Was Here, would effectively put to rest the Chicago-based outfit's late 70s success, a time when they were largely heralded as one of the biggest and best rock groups around...

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Note By Note - Toto
Posted Friday, May 30, at 3:44 PM

Toto 35th Anniversary Tour -- Live in Poland Breathtaking. That's the most succinct way to describe 35th Anniversary Tour -- Live in Poland, the cinematic document of Toto's visit to the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland last year. The images are striking, the colors are vibrant and the sound is deep and rich, making the whole experience of Toto - Live in Poland a full-bodied one. Let there be no doubt about it -- this is the way a live concert film should be presented...

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Note By Note - The String Cheese Incident
Posted Friday, May 30, at 6:42 AM

The String Cheese Incident Song in my Head As hard as it may be to believe, Boulder, Colorado-based The String Cheese Incident (SCI) is now into its 20th year as a band. Seems just like yesterday when the group's debut - Born on the Wrong Planet - heralded an exciting new style of county/bluegrass/Latin projected through a psychedelic lens, for the jam-band loving masses to groove to...

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Note By Note - Stanton Moore
Posted Wednesday, May 28, at 4:11 PM

Stanton Moore Conversations First things, first; Stanton Moore is without debate one of the most talented and dynamic drummers on the face of the earth. It doesn't matter if he's dabbling in metal (like when he guested with Corrosion of Conformity), if he's laying down a funk groove (like he does with Galactic, his 'day job') or playing straight-up jazz (as on his new solo album Conversations), Moore is just one bad dude on a set of drums...

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Note By Note - Mindi Abair
Posted Friday, May 23, at 2:36 PM

Mindi Abair Wild Heart You may not recognize the name right off the bat, but there's an excellent chance you've heard Mindi Abair's wonderful saxophone plying on more than one or two occasions in the very recent past. Her newest solo album, Wild Heart (Heads Up) figures to go a long way to bonding her name with her sound...

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Note By Note - KM Williams
Posted Wednesday, May 14, at 12:39 PM

KM Williams Jukin' in the Holy Land -- Live in Israel If he was the least bit uptight or nervous because he was almost 7,000 miles from his home in Dallas, Texas and not playing with the usual cats that normally back him up, you sure couldn't tell it...

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Note By Note - Kelly Richey Band
Posted Monday, May 5, at 1:17 PM

Kelly Richey Band Live at the Blue Wisp What do you get when you pair one of the hottest blues/rock guitarists with a rhythm section that has spent time under the tutelage of funk impresario Booty Collins? What you get is one of the tightest, funkiest .... and yes, hottest, slabs of audio candy to hit the ears in quite some time -- The Kelly Richey Band's Live at the Blue Wisp...

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Note By Note - Magnum
Posted Thursday, April 10, at 7:53 AM

Magnum Escape from the Shadow Garden It borders on a criminal offense that Birmingham, England's Magnum has never managed to reach the level of success in the United States that it has so richly deserved over the near 40 years the band has been together...

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Note By Note - Paul Rodgers
Posted Friday, March 28, at 1:43 PM

Paul Rodgers The Royal Sessions There is an old saying about a singer being so good that they could sing the phone book and it would sound like something right from the heavens above. Pau Rodgers is one of those singers. Blessed with one of the most soulful, powerful and passionate voices ever to be cranked out of 'classic rock radio' Rodgers -- the lead singer and driving force behind Bad Company and Free -- has knocked another one smooth out of the park with The Royal Sessions...

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Note By Note - Allman Brothers Band
Posted Monday, March 17, at 2:48 PM

Allman Brothers Band Play all Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992 Back in 1992, the venerable Allman Brothers Band was one rejuvenated and invigorated bunch. That was shortly after the band had mended fences, put old wounds aside and got back together to play the kind of blues/rock that they wrote the book on. That was also before bad blood would resurface between founding members Greg Allman and Dickey Betts, resulting in the latter's exit -- presumably for good -- in 2000...

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Note By Note - Will Kimbrough
Posted Tuesday, March 4, at 11:40 AM

Will Kimbrough Sideshow Love On his eighth solo release, Nashville singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Will Kimbrough has came up with something that is bound to lead to a big case of frustration. Not for those that hear the songs on Sideshow Love -- as usual, Kimbrough has woven his magical touch over a dozen tunes that set the bar for real-deal Americana roots music -- but for those that are going to be denied the simple pleasure of flipping on their radio and hearing cuts from the album. ...

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A: We are Devo!
Posted Wednesday, February 19, at 5:07 PM

If you really want to probe the limits of someone's musical boundaries, just put on Devo's 1978 debut album -- Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! The listener will either quickly settle into the quirky, electronic grooves or run screaming from the room as fast as they can...

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Note By Note - Transatlantic
Posted Tuesday, February 4, at 11:03 AM

Transatlantic Kaleidoscope It's hard enough for a 'regular' band of musicians that play together on an everyday basis to hit a level of consistency, but when a 'supergroup' that hooks up every three or four years at best finds any kind of uniformity in their work ... that's special...

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Note By Note - Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Posted Tuesday, February 4, at 7:48 AM

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers The Devil You Know Sometimes, there really can be too many cooks in the kitchen. That's not a problem, however, if your head chef is Tommy Castro. Castro's newest release with his crack band The Painkillers does feature some high-profile guest stars, including: Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish, Marcia Ball and The Holmes Brothers, but rather than dominate the mix, they simply add their own spices to the finished product...

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Note By Note - Matt Schofield
Posted Thursday, January 23, at 9:56 AM

Matt Schofield Far as I Can See He was tabbed as one of the top 10 British blues guitarists of all time by Guitar & Bass Magazine, but Matt Schofield is not a common, household name in the United States. That's a real shame, but with any luck -- Far as I Can See - the guitarist's fifth studio album, will change that. Schofield has managed to take the energy of his stage show and capture that in a studio setting, not always an easy task...

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Note By Note - Boston
Posted Thursday, January 23, at 9:28 AM

Boston Life, Love & Hope Almost like clockwork -- or in this case a sundial -- every 10 years or so, Boston mastermind Tom Scholz will pop out of his underground lair with a new studio album in hand. It's been a long time since the group's 1976 debut exploded onto the scene and eventually went on to sell over 17 million copies. ...

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Since my own high school sports career fizzled out before it really reached its zenith, I have managed to live vicariously through the student/athletes of the 16 high schools I've covered for Areawide Media since 2001. I've witnessed the highest of highs in the form of state championships. I have also seen first-hand the sting of disappointment when the ultimate prize was within reach, but still eluded the grasp of its pursuer. But through all the ups and downs associated with high school sports, my respect for the young competitors that suit up each night, along with the men and women who guide them, remains unwavering. Blog mission: With my passion for music, especially live music, running second only to my passion for sports, I'll try to devote this space to both. Especially when it concerns our region and what's happening around it. Look for commentary and features on area sports figures and musicians, along with things to get out and do in the beautiful Spring River/Ozarks area. But I'll not totally ignore the outside - I'll also hit on some national happenings in the wide worlds of sports and music.
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