Bill Bentley

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Bill Bentley
Bill Bentley got his first drum set in 1965 and still has it. He's been a deejay, record store clerk, publicist, writer, concert promoter, record producer and a&r director, sometimes all at once. He's worked at KUT-FM, Austin City Limits, L.A. Weekly, Slash Records, Warner Bros. Records and Vanguard Records. He still plays drums, and his most recent writing position was at aarp.org. Yikes. He also has a fondness for producing tribute albums, and has done them for Roky Erickson, Skip Spence, Sir Doug Sahm, and Lou Reed. More to come.


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Articles From Bill Bentley
Friday Aug 5, 2016 10:00 AM ET
Music industry vet Bill Bentley delivers the good word on ten new releases, including Hayes Carll, Robert Ellis, MIchael Kiwanuka, and more!
Friday Jul 1, 2016 50:00 AM ET
Back with another ten reviews of new releases, it's music industry vet Bill Bentley! This month Bill discusses Joseph Arthur, The Evenfall Quartet, Andre Williams, Laura Mvula, Mudcrutch, and more.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 20:00 AM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley looks back at the first half of 2016, shining a spotlight on his favorite releases.
Tuesday Jun 7, 2016 10:00 AM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley reviews ten exciting new releases, including albums by Eric Clapton, William Bell, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The MnMs, and more!
Thursday May 5, 2016 05:00 AM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley on recent releases by The Bo-Keys, The Bones of J.R. Jones, John Doe, Brian Eno, The Mike Eldred Trio, Michael Fracasso, Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue, MIchael McDermott, The Suffers, and Them.
Friday Apr 1, 2016 00:00 AM ET
Ten exciting recent releases reviewed by music industry veteran Bill Bentley, including: Brian Cullman, Kent Finlay, Skylar Gudasz, Dylan LeBlanc, Janiva Magness, Lukas Nelson, Grant-Lee Phillips, Margo Price, Sarah Vaughan, and a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson.
Thursday Mar 3, 2016 45:00 AM ET
Ten new reviews courtesy of music industry vet Bill Bentley! An Elvis Costello concert video, a book about The Replacements, plus new releases by Lake Street Dive, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and more!
Friday Feb 5, 2016 45:00 AM ET
Don't miss the latest music reviews by veteran journalist Bill Bentley. This month includes Sandy Carroll, Korey Dane, Dion, The I Don't Cares, Los Jazz Vatos, Sidestepper, and more!
Friday Jan 22, 2016 05:00 AM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley selects the very best reissues of 2015. There are no less than 25 reviews - from Lou Reed to James Booker, Danny Lile to the Muffs. Definitely something here for everyone!
Tuesday Jan 5, 2016 40:00 AM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley reviews ten great music books released over the course of 2015.
Thursday Dec 17, 2015 40:00 AM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley says 2015 was a monster year for swinging new albums! Here are Bill's favorites from the second half of the year.
Monday Dec 7, 2015 50:00 AM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley reviews ten new releases, including artists Liz Vice, Tony Bennett, Terry Adams, Robert Francis, and much more!
Friday Nov 6, 2015 55:00 AM ET
Music industry vet Bill Bentley has 11 reviews of new releases and reissues from artists like Peter Case, The Chapin Sisters, Jon Foose, Donnie Fritts, and more!
Friday Oct 2, 2015 45:00 AM ET
A spotlight on new releases by: Sam Butler, Shemekia Copeland, Dr. John, Kinky Friedman, The Gold Magnolias, Scott Hamilton, Los Lobos (and Chris Morris' new biography of the band), Ashley Monroe, Keith Richards, Webb Wilder.
Wednesday Sep 2, 2015 20:00 AM ET
Excellent new releases by Gary Clark Jr., Joe Ely, Lowell Levinger, Pugwash, The Revivalists, Whitney Rose, a Muddy Waters tribute, Wilco, Lizz Wright, and a compilation of rare soul from the '60s and early-'70s.
Friday Jul 31, 2015 30:00 AM ET
Music industry vet Bill Bentley features ten exciting new releases: Anderson East, Dave Edmunds, Galactic, Melody Gardot, Carl Hall, Jason, Isbell, Eleni Mandell, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Daniel Romano, and Songhoy Blues.
Friday Jul 3, 2015 55:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley spotlights ten new titles, including works by Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Leon Bridges, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Dawes, Jose James, Little Richard, The Rolling Stones, Rickie Lee Jones, and author Preston Lauterbach.
Saturday Jun 20, 2015 10:00 PM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley offers his take on the year's best albums so far, including releases by Alabama Shakes, Bob Dylan, Cassandra Wilson, Boz Scaggs, and much more.
Friday May 29, 2015 00:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is back with his take on this month's new releases.
Friday May 1, 2015 00:00 AM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley is here with his pick of May's new releases.
Friday Apr 3, 2015 30:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is here to guide you toward the best of April's new releases. Put a little Spring in your step with some music.
Monday Mar 2, 2015 00:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is here to clue you in to the best releases of the month.
Wednesday Feb 4, 2015 05:00 PM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley is back with his picks of this month's new releases.
Monday Jan 12, 2015 00:00 PM ET
Welcome to another year of the best of the new releases as music industry veteran Bill Bentley returns to keep you well-informed.
Monday Dec 15, 2014 00:00 AM ET
Bill Bentley is back with his picks for the best albums of the second half of 2014, along with choices for best song and best reissue. This is just the thing you need in case Santa forgets to bring you some music.
Monday Dec 1, 2014 00:00 AM ET
Time to clear the decks with a year-end round-up of albums and a novel released in 2014 that made it through the deluge. Each and every one of these 40 titles is worthy of interested ears and open eyes.
Sunday Nov 2, 2014 20:00 PM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley is here with his monthly roundup of what's best among the new releases.
Thursday Oct 2, 2014 45:00 PM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley is back with the cream of the crop of October's new releases.
Friday Aug 29, 2014 00:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is back with his monthly roundup of new releases for your consideration.
Friday Aug 1, 2014 00:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is back with the cream of the crop of this month's new releases. Check it out.
Monday Jul 7, 2014 00:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley tells you what's what about this month's new releases. Read before you buy.
Monday Jun 30, 2014 50:00 PM ET
Bill Bentley scans the first half of 2014 for the standout releases.
Thursday May 29, 2014 20:00 PM ET
Bill Bentley's monthly roundup of new releases you should know about, this month featuring a new Brian Eno collaboration and a four-disc Johnny Winter career retrospective, among other goodies.
Thursday May 1, 2014 10:00 PM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is on hand again to tell you what's worth paying attention to among this month's new releases.
Wednesday Apr 2, 2014 25:00 PM ET
Bill Bentley peruses this month's new music releases and helps us separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's what Bill thinks is worth listening to in April.
Monday Mar 3, 2014 00:00 AM ET
Want to know what's new and noteworthy in the world of music this month? Read Bill Bentley's monthly round-up of the releases that you'll want to check out.
Monday Feb 3, 2014 30:00 AM ET
Bill Bentley's monthly round-up of new and recent releases that you'll want to check out.
Wednesday Jan 1, 2014 50:00 PM ET
Bill Bentley gets your new year's listening off on the right foot by taking a look at some hidden gems from 2013. If any of these flew under your radar, check them out.
Tuesday Dec 10, 2013 00:00 PM ET
Another stellar year for music, coming in from all sides and never letting up. Highlighting the second half of 2013 are these ten extra-fine albums, along with best song and reissue of the year. Happy listening—and holidays!
Sunday Nov 24, 2013 25:00 AM ET
This week Bill Bentley takes a look at the best of this year's reissues. You may want to consider gifting the music lovers in your life with some of these (or maybe you want to do something nice for yourself).
Monday Nov 4, 2013 45:00 PM ET
This is soul music from the source, showing how freeing that music can be. It's a sound that was born in church, found traction during a period of trying turmoil during the Civil Rights era, and helped lead listeners to a brand new land.
Saturday Oct 26, 2013 30:00 AM ET
Sometimes bands that begin proudly independent are just one click away from breaking through to the forefront. Singer Nicki Bluhm seems like she's been on the cusp of doing just that for awhile now.
Monday Oct 14, 2013 00:00 PM ET
Charlie Musselwhite can sing blues, then and now, with a bottomless well of soul. He's got a smile in his voice, no matter how low down the lyrics are, which is one of his strongest secrets.
Wednesday Oct 2, 2013 05:00 PM ET
Never forgetting his rhythm and blues roots in Detroit when he was growing up, the musician ignites these songs with full-on horn arrangements, the funkiest of drums, whirling keyboards and vocals that are no stranger to the dark end of the street.
Thursday Sep 12, 2013 50:00 PM ET
It would take a private detective a dozen years, fueled by truck-stop coffee and little white pills, to track down all the sweltering indie labels in the South that put the muscle in soul music back at its invention starting 60 years ago.
Thursday Sep 5, 2013 30:00 PM ET
"And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is star time. Are you ready for star time..." is the way the announcer starts, and as the band races into the opening song you can almost see the Hardest Working Man in Show Business rush out from the wings, dancing across the Apollo stage on one leg and creating sheer pandemonium among the audience.
Wednesday Aug 21, 2013 25:00 PM ET
Through a wild and woolly history that will stand forever, there was, is, and never will be anything like a Grateful Dead concert.
Friday Aug 2, 2013 25:00 PM ET
This is the kind of collection that should be given to new parents in maternity wards around the world, because the complete human experience is encapsulated in the 70 songs like no other artist ever has or ever will be able to accomplish.
Sunday Jul 21, 2013 20:00 PM ET
Anyone who was part of the musical explosion of the late 1970s must have felt like they'd stumbled onto the promised land. Recording contracts were plentiful, new stars were being anointed daily and, best yet, it looked like it would never end.
Friday Jul 5, 2013 55:00 PM ET
This week's column celebrates the second anniversary of Bentley's Bandstand. It's still amazing to see how much moving music is being released, in all different kinds of categories ... The list below features the ten collections that would not stop invading the head and heart.

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