Bentley's Bandstand: Favorites of 2018 (First Half) Haiku Reviews

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Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Downey to Lubbock

Electric dustbowls 
To Disneyland and beyond 
Two troubadours soar 

Bentley_June18_NickiBluhm.jpg Nicki Bluhm, To Rise You Gotta Fall

San Francisco fine 
From Market Street to Marin 
Bloom becomes a rose 

BentleyMar18_DavidByrne.jpgDavid Byrne, American Utopia 

After the river 
Into the great wild open 
With dancing shoes on 

BentleyApril_JoachimCooder.jpg Joachim Cooder, Fuchsia Machu Picchu

Playing magic box 
Tall and strong and full of fire 
The eternal lives 

BentleyMay18_rycooder.jpg Ry Cooder, The Prodigal Son

Music wanderer 
With a leopard-skin pick-guard 
Sings endless soul strings 

Bentley_June18_LamontDozier.jpg Lamont Dozier, Reimagination

Motown song wizard 
Paving the yellow brick road 
Up mountain of soul 
Bentley_June18_Mckee.jpg Beth McKee, Dreamwood Acres

Southern singer shines 
By the Mason-Dixon line 
Bigger times ahead 

3_38_tree_of_forgiveness.jpg John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness

Wizened words of life 
No punches pulled day or night 
Prine's spine is still iron 
Bentley_June18_SonsOfKemet.jpg Sons of Kemet, Your Queen is a Reptile

Juju brass attack 
From the land of the Zulu 
In new London town 

BentleyMay18_walterwolfmanwashington.jpg Walter Wolfman Washington

Medallion Lounge nights 
Born of Claiborne and Orleans 
The Wolf reigns supreme

Reissue of the Year: 

rsz_bentley_jan_18_ella_fitzgerald.jpg Ella Fitzgerald, Ella at Zardi's

The voice of heaven 
From the jazz lady supreme 
Hollywood and Vine

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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…

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