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The best of the season’s roots, world, folk, and blues
It’s payback time for Boston’s blues and roots music scene.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 12, 2007


Travis Tritt

The Storm | Category 5
Georgia-born Tritt has always been a country musician with a rock-and-roll soul, but this time he’s put the accent on “soul” as a genre.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 05, 2007


Hollywood hit

Grace Potter makes a major-label smash
Grace Potter is going to be a star.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 04, 2007


Cedric Burnside + Lightnin’ Malcolm

Juke Joint Duo | Soul Is Cheap
After a flirtation with hip-hop, R.L. Burnside’s drummer and grandson Cedric has returned to exciting, raw-boned blues.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 29, 2007


The Bongos

Drums along the Hudson | Cooking Vinyl
Twenty-five years after its initial release, this cornerstone of American ’80s post-punk/new-wave sounds both innovative and quaint.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 20, 2007


Laurie Anderson

Big Science | Nonesuch
One of the most important albums of the ’80s has been re-released with two appealing extras.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 14, 2007


Village folk

Suzanne Vega gets into the sounds of the city
Suzanne Vega’s Beauty and Crime is a sleek collection of New York City stories, all pop-song trim, but bubbling with an undercurrent of experimentation.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 07, 2007


Basic black

Bobby Rush digs his roots
Bluesman Bobby Rush is notorious for stage shows full of double entendres and hoochie dancers that have made him king of the chitlin circuit.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 07, 2007


Heavy Trash

Going Way Out with Heavy Trash | Yep Roc
At this point, Jon Spencer’s immersion in self-parody is complete.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 30, 2007


Bill Morrissey

Come Running | Rounder
This disc marks the renaissance of New England musical poet Morrissey.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 24, 2007


John Doe

A Year in the Wilderness | Yep Roc
The seminal American punk band X specialized in songs about love on the skids or on skid row.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 17, 2007


Lloyd Thayer: The Bumper Pool Diaries

Local stringed-instrument devotee Lloyd Thayer completes his mission to record and release three albums in one year.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 09, 2007


Citadel of sound

Nashville’s RCA Studio B celebrates its 50th
Before the digital universe expanded, serious home recording was just a dream.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 03, 2007


The Dynamites Featuring Charlie Walker

Kaboom! | Outta Sight
Live, Nashville’s Dynamites are a sweaty bathtub of bubbling, wall-to-wall funk.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 02, 2007


Duke Robillard

Worl Full of Blues | Stony Plain
Everything on these CDs is played with total command.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 26, 2007


Potty mouth

Louis C.K. has a filthy good time
Shamelessness has finally paid off for Louis C.K.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2007


Blues plus

Ryan Montbleau finds a home in the jam scene
Boston’s Ryan Montbleau doesn’t mind if you call his quintet a jam outfit. Ryan Montbleau Band, "Inspired By No One" (mp3)
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2007


David Torn

Prezens | ECM
If you’re looking for a middle ground between Tool and John Coltrane, this is it.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 19, 2007


Mavis Staples

We'll Never Turn Back | Anti-
This is an overlooked gem: soulful, beautifully performed, and socially relevant.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 12, 2007


Richard Thompson

Sweet Warrior | Shout Factory
Richard Thompson here returns to electric six-string, but Sweet Warrior finds him spinning epic yarns instead of heroic solos.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 05, 2007


The wagonmaster

Country legend Porter Wagoner delivers a gem
“Eleven Cent Cotton” is a great country song, a wry, catchy, energetic, swinging two-step that creates a tableau of the bygone rural South.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 04, 2007

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