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”

Live Country Music: Brantley Gilbert, Jack Ingram and Rachel Farley at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On a perfect Friday evening, KKGO radio hosted a triple bill bonanza showcasing the new sound of country music at the Greek Theatre.  What transpired was lovingly devoured by one of the most enthusiastic and attractive crowds you could hope to see.  It was beautiful. The bands rocked and the crowd rolled… Read More Live Country Music: Brantley Gilbert, Jack Ingram and Rachel Farley at the Greek Theatre

Live Music: Steve Earl and Allison Moorer in a CAP UCLA Concert at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Last Saturday night, veteran folk singer Steve Earle and his wife Allison Moorer played a stripped down show in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall.   They used a short rotation of his guitar, harmonica, and mandolin, with her guitar, accordion, and piano to give us all a reminder of how the… Read More Live Music: Steve Earl and Allison Moorer in a CAP UCLA Concert at Royce Hall

Short Takes: New CDs featuring Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp

By Brian Arsenault Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp  Dreams of the San Joaquin (Blix St. Records) It seems to me that Dreams of the San Joaquin should be the birth of a band.  They are that good together, whatever their sterling individual credits and talents. And San Joaquin wouldn’t be a bad… Read More Short Takes: New CDs featuring Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp

Live Music: Robyn Hitchcock and Susanna Hoffs at McCabe’s Guitar Shop

By Mike Finkelstein Last weekend, McCabe’s guitar shop delivered a brilliant night of music in a living room vibe as few venues any longer do.   Robyn Hitchcock, who has been at it for more that 35 years, headlined two shows, the late show being a double bill opening with Susanna Hoffs trying out material from… Read More Live Music: Robyn Hitchcock and Susanna Hoffs at McCabe’s Guitar Shop