Music industry veteran Bill Bentley reviews new releases by Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Rumer, Trudy Lynn, The Rolling Stones, Sophia Johnson, Creole String Beans, Murali Coryell, Harvey Mandel, Don Rich and the Buckeroos, and more!
While some of the lyrics and visuals here will transport you to another era, nearly all the music—culled not from a single show but from the best moments of multiple recorded gigs—still seems vital today.
What a year for music. Here is a list of the ten releases in the second half of 2012 that made the world a very fine place to be. Now if only the Mayans are proved wrong on December 21, there'll be happy holidays for all.
One of the true joys of modern rock and roll is how Neil Young and Crazy Horse maintain their groove. It is essentially a spontaneous bunch, a band that doesn't really worry where they've been or where they're going.
David Byrne's legacy casts a long shadow, but the way he handles that should be a lesson for us all, because he basically ignores what's come before and finds a way forward with an inquisitive view to cover new ground.