Covering Bob Dylan means wading into crowded waters. Many covers of his songs—by artists ranging from the Byrds and Peter, Paul, and Mary to the Band and Manfred Mann—have become famous in their own right, and there are hundreds if...
A pair of Little Richard reissues don’t measure up to his best work but do deliver a full dose of his high-energy, flamboyant personality. Also reviewed: jazz vocalizing from Jim Kweskin and Samoa Wilson and impressive folk from Dirk Powell.
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.
Little Feat opens this week's playlist, which includes selections from Mink DeVille, Jeb Loy Nichols, and the Beach Boys, among other gems. Little Richard closes it out with a Woody Guthrie tune (really). It's a great way to end your week.
What would it be like if three good friends, each with widely varying backgrounds, got together in someone's backyard and worked out a whole night's worth of songs, the kind of music that gets played when the fun factor is turned all the way up?