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Hail to the chief

Phillipe and Jorge are delighted to see that Paul Suttell, our pick for Chief Justice of the Vo Dilun Supreme Court, smoothly sailed through the General Assembly to assume that grand position.
The supreme Suttell. Plus, Newport news, and more on Michael.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 03, 2009
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Levon Helm | Electric Dirt

Helm's 2007 Dirt Farmer won the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy for its acoustic arrangements of songs plucked from the Delta soil of the Band drummer and singer's rural Arkansas youth.
Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 26, 2009

Soul survivors

Gospel recordings go back to the 1920s, the beginning of commercial recording.
A short list of gospel essentials
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 23, 2009
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Holy rollers

The double bill of the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Symphony Hall on Friday is a match made in New Orleans.
The Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 23, 2009
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Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration

This year, California’s Concord label took ownership of Memphis’s greatest musical treasure chest, the Stax Records catalogue.
Stax
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 17, 2007
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Mavis Staples

This is an overlooked gem: soulful, beautifully performed, and socially relevant.
We'll Never Turn Back | Anti-
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 12, 2007


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The heart of soul

“At Stax Records, I learned the formula for success,” says William Bell.
At 50, Stax Records keeps on beating
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 20, 2007