CD Review of the Day: Royal Southern Brotherhood’s “heartsoulblood”

Royal Southern Brotherhood heartsoulblood (Ruf Records) By Brian Arsenault What the so-called blues “purists” don’t understand is called out on critic John Sinclair’s liner notes to the superb heartsoulblood recently released by Royal Southern Brotherhood. To wit: “Here Cyril Neville points out (on the album’s second track) that ‘rock & roll is the child of… Read More CD Review of the Day: Royal Southern Brotherhood’s “heartsoulblood”

CD Reviews: Whisky of the Damned’s “Monsters Are Real” and Jimmer’s “The Would Be Plans”

MONSTERS OVER PLANS Whiskey of the Damned: Monsters Are Real (Avid Agency) and Jimmer: The Would Be Plans (The Chief Injustice) By Brian Arsenault About the time I wanted to abuse that humorless bastard Nietsche by saying the god of my generation — Rock Music — is dead, damned if new life isn’t breathed into… Read More CD Reviews: Whisky of the Damned’s “Monsters Are Real” and Jimmer’s “The Would Be Plans”

CD Review of the Day: Carlene Carter’s “Carter Girl”

CARLENE CARTER Carter Girl (Rounder Records) By Brian Arsenault The connection between blues and rock has long been established and celebrated, bemoaned and argued about. Even the connection between blues and jazz has been recognized. Seemingly less considered has been the close relationship of country and blues. There are differences to overcome: white – black,… Read More CD Review of the Day: Carlene Carter’s “Carter Girl”

Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CDs and DVDs from Peggy Duquesnel, Roy Orbison, Julie Cain and Favorites from 2013

For Last Minute Shoppers Only (We Need All the Help We Can Get) By Brian Arsenault  Peggy Duquesnel All I Ask For Christmas (CD Baby) There’s a real neat Christmas music album that for whatever reason I didn’t get around to reviewing. Peggy Duquesnel’s All I Ask For Christmas is the complete package. You get… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CDs and DVDs from Peggy Duquesnel, Roy Orbison, Julie Cain and Favorites from 2013

CD Review: TriBeCaStan’s “New Songs From the Old Country”

TriBeCaStan New Songs From the Old Country (Evergreene Music) By Brian Arsenault I’m a bit late getting to this gem and it is one. A rare gem that perhaps could only come out of New York — especially the “TriangleBelowCanalSt.” — where there is as much diversity as just about anywhere in the world. Diversity… Read More CD Review: TriBeCaStan’s “New Songs From the Old Country”

Record Rack: Little Lonely, Michael and The Lonesome Playboys

LA Saves Country  By Brian Arsenault Who would have thought that some offbeat, funky musicians based in the City of Angels would save heartland American Country Music?  Really.  Pop crap slid over from rock ‘n roll and migrated to Country in recent years. Someone needed to save it. I’m aware of the current nomenclature of… Read More Record Rack: Little Lonely, Michael and The Lonesome Playboys