Bentley’s Bandstand: October 2019

Pieta Brown, Freeway. There aren’t any other singers like Pieta Brown. She has a sensuous way of blending the sound of air with music notes that result in magic. It’s as if the clock stops and life’s fascinating mysteries are frozen on the edge of a falling leaf. Her voice is evocative of a time […]

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Three Reasons to Take Another Stroll Down Abbey Road, Plus Dori Freeman, Daniel Martin Moore, and Jason James

Abbey Road—the Beatles’ final studio project, issued before but recorded mostly after Let It Be—opens with a John Lennon song called “Come Together.” In fact, though, the group was coming apart. Six days before the album’s Sept. 26, 1969 release, Lennon privately told his bandmates he was leaving, and Paul McCartney publicly quit the foursome […]

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A Massive Anthology Showcases the Bakersfield Sound, Plus Brian Wilson and the Carter Family

By Jeff Burger The music that germinated in the mid and late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California, is typically more authentic-sounding and less commercial than what Nashville has delivered. Wikipedia calls it “the first genre of country music to be significantly influenced by rock and roll, and as a result, the first to rely […]

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