REVIEW: Joni Mitchell’s “Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years” Captures Master Songwriter in Pure Folk Idiom

The early stuff, I shouldn’t be such a snob against it. A lot of these songs, I just lost them. They fell away. They only exist in these recordings. For so long I rebelled against the term, ‘I was never a folksinger.’ I would get pissed off if they put that label on me. I […]

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REVIEW: The Grateful Dead’s reissues of “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” are Impeccable

In late summer and early fall, Rhino Records along with the Grateful Dead have re-issued Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, two quintessential recordings as 50th Anniversary editions, both lovingly re-mastered and expanded with corresponding live performances. It’s difficult to discuss one without the other, so rather than split them, I waited until both of my […]

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Livestream Show Review: Allison Moorer Performs “The Hardest Part” with Kenny Greenberg

screen edits by David Nowels Saturday night, Allison Moorer and Kenny Greenberg performed live from Moorer’s library for a very special performance. The pair revisited Moorer’s 2000 masterpiece, The Hardest Part, performing the album in its entirety. I don’t use the term “masterpiece” lightly in any circumstances, so just know that I’m passionate when it […]

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