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Paul Geremia joins the Rhode island Music Hall of Fame

"I've played in almost every state in this country," says Paul Geremia.
Blue Notes
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 25, 2013

Photos: Dr. John at the Paradise Rock Club

Dr. John performs live at the Paradise Rock Club on June 6, 2012.
June 6, 2012
By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  June 08, 2012

Dr. John at the Paradise

One of the things I've always liked about Dr. John is his ability to turn any music he touches into his own — Duke Ellington, Tin Pan Alley, Howlin' Wolf Blues.
ID Check
By JON GARELICK  |  June 08, 2012

From Sun Volt to Guthrie with Jay Farrar

Putting together the New Multitudes project, singer-guitarist Jay Farrar had access to a treasure trove: thousands of lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives.
Multitudes of challenges
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 16, 2012

For Coyote Kolb, the roots come together

Johnny Cash's baleful self-portrait "Ain't No Grave" oozes into my skull through a Sailor Jerry haze.
State of mind
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 27, 2012
Alex Chilton - Free Again

Alex Chilton | Free Again: The ''1970'' Sessions

Post–Box Tops and pre-Big Star, Alex Chilton was an 18-year-old Memphis boy on his way to his dual identity: former #1 pop hitmaker, perpetual underground hero.
Omnivore (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 13, 2012


From Cheers to China with Greg Luttrell

It's a Saturday afternoon in Jamaica Plain and Greg Luttrell is sipping a house special at Canary Square.
Custom fit
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 09, 2011
[live review] Allman Brothers Band at the Orpheum Theatre November 29

[live review] Allman Brothers Band at the Orpheum Theatre November 29

PHOTO BY MILES WEAVER Brett Milano reports on last night's Allman Brothers Band show at the Orpheum, the first of a four-night stand: The Allman...
By Jon Garelick  |  November 30, 2011

Confessin' the blues ... and a whole lot more

Gabrielle Agachiko's resume is impressive by any standards — studied at Juilliard, played in musical theater off-Broadway as well as with a touring production of Godspell, sang jazz with both Charlie Watts and Steve Lacy.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 25, 2011

Interview: Patrick Norton has a knack for mixing it up at the Narrows

The Narrows Center for the Arts — the bastion of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and various stripes of singer-songwriter fare — has a decade of action under its belt.
Where the music comes first
By JIM MACNIE  |  October 28, 2011

Introducing ANNA

It would appear Gypsy Tailwind's tumultuous ride has lost its backing breeze.
Band Watch
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 30, 2011

Gerry Beaudoin 'returns' with Harry Allen

My first encounter with guitarist Gerry Beaudoin was as a fellow judge at a long-ago battle of the blues bands at Harpers Ferry. The night had been kind of a slog, and after three bands, Beaudoin — who'd been withholding comment all night looked at me a
History lessons
By JON GARELICK  |  September 02, 2011

Brad Hooper got this low, got back up

Miles to go
Miles to go
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 12, 2011
Nicole Atkins is back

Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness

A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues

"Playing the blues is not for sissies." This line, muttered by guitarist and former Phoenix associate arts editor Ted Drozdowski, sets the tone about five minutes into Robert Mugge's documentary.
 Review: Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 24, 2011

Universes at USM's Hannaford Hall, April 8

Excerpts of several original plays, Live from the Edge , brought out the varied traits of Bronx-based performance group Universes.
Music seen
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  April 15, 2011


Photos: RISD Museum's Music Friday with Sit Down Baby

Music Friday at the RISD Museum features Sit Down Baby, playing blues with the backdrop of the "RISD 2011 Faculty Biennial," on March 11, 2011.
Sit Down Baby | RISD Museum | March 11, 2011
By CAROLYN BUBEL  |  March 18, 2011

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears | Scandalous

The soul revival has been going on long enough now that maybe it's a not a bad idea to stop calling it a revival at all.
Lost Highway (2011)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 11, 2011

Dennis Taylor | Steppin' Up

The set-up is familiar and unpretentious: a saxophone-fronted organ trio playing blues 'n' roots.
Kizybosh (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  February 25, 2011

Beth Ditto | Beth Ditto EP

Remember when Mary Beth "Ditto" Patterson was just a blues singer? The Arkansas-born belter used to wail punk blues for the Gossip - the trio who made her a star - like the second coming of Janis Joplin.
Deconstruction (2011)
By JEREMY ADAMS  |  February 04, 2011

artist: Tricia Rose, Brown University’s hip-hop scholar, discusses rap’s creative crisis

Some 40 years in, rap is nothing less than a cultural juggernaut. But it has not lost its power to provoke.
Keeping it unreal
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011


Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who hel
White light, white heat
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 03, 2010

Photos: Widespread Panic at the Bank of America Pavilion

Widespread Panic perform at the Bank of America Pavilion on July 24, 2010.
Widespread Panic | Bank of America Pavilion | July 24, 2010
By MICHAEL SPENCER  |  July 30, 2010

Old man riffer

Bluesman James "T-Model" Ford is a survivor, and has been for a very long time.
T-Model Ford turns 90 . . . or thereabouts
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2010

Election controversy rocks and roils Boston bluesmen

Looking for a name for your Boston-based blues band? How about "Hanging Chad"?
Blues Clues Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 11, 2009

The electric company

We all know how in 1965, at the Newport Folk Festival, the previously all-acoustic Bob Dylan took the stage with an electric guitar, plugged in, enraged fans, and destroyed the folk-music scene forever.
The Builders and the Butchers plug in, take off
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  February 02, 2009


Review: The Roots of Hip-Hop

Everybody wants to claim hip-hop.
Harte (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 12, 2009