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Yearly Archives: 2011

“Just One Look”, Was All It Took- Doris Troy

If you listened to the radio in 1960s America you were sure to hear two things: catchy pop songs and the polished acts that sent them soaring up the charts. Songs were hammered out amidst slick high rises in the big city, before being passed onto the artists who were responsible for making them sell…. Continue Reading

Bringing the Sideman Front and Center: Slick Joe Fick

The differences between a sideman and a frontman are obvious. The front man is the focal point, while the side man is there to back him up. If the front man wants to leap into the air doing vocal karate chops, the band has to be there to catch him if he falls. In the… Continue Reading

Momentary Salvation: Mahalia Jackson at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival

July 6, 1958 was sweltering. During the dog days of summer, you can feel the air hanging from the tree limbs, dripping like fresh clover honey. Anything that touches the night air is carried with a weight of exhausted anticipation. On this night, the sounds of crickets blended with crackles of laughter, and outdoor music… Continue Reading

Country’s Last Stand

Depending on who you ask, the tale you’re told about the present presence and future pretense of country music will waffle between sinking ships and soaring rockets. Either it’s gotta get better or it’s gonna get worse, with no room for compromise. Forty years ago, you could adjust the radio dial and go from one… Continue Reading

2010 in review

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