REVIEW: Andrew Grimm’s “A Little Heat” is Alt-Country Originality with Rural Sensibilities

Andrew Grimm – A Little Heat Andrew Grimm – an English professor & singer-songwriter – has long been associated with Baltimore, Maryland regional roots band June Star. Formed in 1998 they’ve played for over 20 years. For those unfamiliar, June Star blends country with rock & roll. Some have compared them to The Replacements, Lou […]

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Book & Music Reviews: A History of TV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ Plus Solomon Burke, Sensational Country Blues Wonders!, Paul Winter, & Felix Hatfield

By Jeff Burger For a brief period in the mid-1960s, the London-based Ready Steady Go! was as important to the U.K. as American Bandstand was to the U.S. in the 1950s. Mick Jagger has called it “the best rock ‘n’ roll show of all time” and the Kinks’ Ray Davies  has said that “there was […]

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REVIEW: Little Richard’s “The Second Coming” and “Lifetime Friend” (Reissues) Feature Good Energetic Rock

Separate reissues – The 54-minute Second Coming (1972) & 50-minute Lifetime Friend (1986) drop Oct 23rd from Omnivore Records. Featuring good energetic rock (“Mockingbird Sally”) with sax Little Richard’s Reprise LPs never lacked dynamics. These 2 didn’t rehash oldies — they had more funk, ego, preaching & yeah, rock n’ roll. Little Richard was in […]

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INTERVIEW: Nikki O’ Neill Talks About The Power Of Music And Her New Album “World Is Waiting”

    Nikki O’ Neill is a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose vibrant music encompasses Americana, soul, R&B, country, and the blues. Recently I spoke to her about her music and her new album , World Is Waiting. Our conversation, edited for length and clarity is below.   Americana Highways : Who would you consider to […]

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