To mark the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s classic ‘American Beauty,’ the group’s label has issued a digital-only collection of demos and outtakes as well as a remastered CD edition that adds a contemporaneous concert. Also reviewed: new releases from Duke Robillard and Jesse Colin Young.
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio, Rodney Crowell, Trudy Lynn, previously-unreleased John Coltrane, a Grateful Dead reissue — all this and much more in music industry veteran Bill Bentley's latest Bandstand!
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley is continues his innovative reissue review method: a crystalline haiku conveys his enthusiasm for music by Eric Andersen, Joseph Arthur, Sandy Bull, The Grateful Dead, Lou Reed, and much more.
Is this the best Grateful Dead concert ever? Maybe. Plus: a look at three other noteworthy releases: Willie Nile's 'Positively Bob,' a multi-artist tribute to singer-songwriter Mark Heard, and a self-titled album by Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters.
It's tough chasing the past sometimes, but when it comes together it can be worth it. The Grateful Dead wrapped up the whole ball of wax of American music and set it on fire with blazing improvisation and down-home truth.
If you're a Grateful Dead fan, odds are that you own quite a lot of live material from the band's ever changing concert experiences. With their on-the-spot improvisational skills, the Dead made each performed show an unforgettable time.
Amy LaVere, Stranger Me. The great Memphis music maestro Jim Dickinson was one of the first to spot the bright sparkle of singer-songwriter Amy LaVere. And when Dickinson spoke, it was a good bet to listen. LaVere comes from that place...