Because It’s Christmastime: Chicago Releases New Christmas Album in October

By Joe Marchese | August 16, 2019 | 1 Comment

Chicago is back on October 4 with the band’s 37th studio album and fourth Christmas release. The simply-titled Chicago Christmas will arrive from Rhino Records on CD, LP, and digital platforms with eight original songs, two classic holiday standards, and one pop favorite. Produced by founding member Lee Loughnane, Chicago Christmas is the group’s first […]

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Review: Bobby Rush Proves He’s At the Top of His Game With “Sitting On Top of the Blues”

By Sam Stone | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Legendary bluesman Bobby Rush is back with a new album, Sitting on Top of the Blues, which is released today on CD and LP through Rush’s own Deep Rush label. At 86 years old, the Louisiana-born guitar slinger and singer has traveled from the Chitlin’ circuit to the world’s stages since 1951. He’s released music […]

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Release Round-Up: Week of August 16

By The Second Disc | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up! Various Artists, Cadillac Baby’s Bea & Baby Records: The Definitive Collection (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) Earwig Music has one of the year’s most intriguing box sets and most significant historical excavations – a beautiful 124-page, 4-CD hardcover tome chronicling in words and music the story […]

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The Times They Are A-Changin’: Shout! Factory Brings Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Newport 1963-65” to CD, DVD

By Joe Marchese | August 15, 2019 | 3 Comments

The Newport Folk Festival was created in 1959 in Newport, Rhode Island as a response to the rising prominence of folk music in America.  In 1961, one of the great groups of the genre was formed when Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers lifted their voices in song as Peter, Paul and Mary.  […]

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Run Back to Mama: Ace’s “Horn Rock” Anthology Features Chase, Blood Sweat and Tears, Delaney and Bonnie, More

By Joe Marchese | August 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

The new collection on Ace Records’ BGP imprint packs a mighty punch. That’s because it’s dedicated to Horn Rock (with the equally-important subtitle And Funky Guitar Grooves), that boldest and brassiest of rock subgenres. The phrase “horn rock” immediately brings to mind the sound popularized by Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears (only one of […]

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