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.
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.
In the backstreets of the red-light district in New Orleans could arguably be the spot where improvised music first took hold in America at the start of the 1900s. From there, players began spreading across the country and taking their sound with them.