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Tedeschi Trucks Band’s third album, Let Me Get By, combines the soul of Memphis, the jazz and heart of New Orleans with some good old fashioned country-rock and blues. Now a 12-piece band, including a three-piece horn section (created by husband-and-wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks), Let Me Get By lovingly balances the…

Texas-born Ruthie Foster and the Bottoms Up Blues Gang were a perfect mix of blues, rock, country, gospel and folk. What I enjoyed most about opener Bottoms Up Blues Gang and singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster were their matching ability to pull in the crowd with charming tales of life, love, family and friends. The audience…

Last week I caught singer Samantha Fish at Old Rock House on the eve of New Year’s Eve. And what a treat she was to St. Louis. Playing to a packed house, the 26-year old blues guitarist mostly performed songs from her third studio album, Wild Heart, which is a mixture of…

Listening to a recent episode of NPR’s All Songs Considered, music critic Ann Powers raved about singer-songwriter Valerie June. The Tennessee born artist calls her sound “Organic Moonshine Roots Music” — an “emotive amalgamation of folk, blues, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including [an] irresistible banjo”. June is a self-taught musician…

Opening with the title track from her latest album, The Lion The Beast The Beat, Vermont singer-songwriter Grace Potter showcased her rock-star style along with band mates the Nocturnals at House of Blues on Sunday night. Undeniably a rock and roll outfit, GPN is also steeped in soul, blues, gospel…

  With tons of new projects forthcoming and lots of dope music in my ear right now, I just realized I haven’t posted my favorite “new music” list since the beginning of April. For those who might of missed ’em, here’s January, February and March –but the list is a short roundup highlighting my top…

Indie blues-rock band Runaway Sun is currently promoting their latest LP Let’s Run. The Houston-area quartet brought their blend of whiskey blues, rock and country to Cactus Music on Saturday (Jun. 9), a record store that’s huge on supporting local, regional and national acts. With two previous projects – 2008’s self-titled EP…

Artist: Lyle Divinsky | Director: Sharyn Paul Brusie | Album: Traveling Man If you missed it, last month I interviewed Lyle for shortandsweetNYC.com. He’s a bluesy cat out of Portland, Maine, but doing his thing around NYC and BK. When you get the chance, definitely check him out live. In…

The new musical Langston in Harlem, which opened on April 15th at Urban Stages, is a rousing hip shaking, foot-stomping production for one of America’s most respected poets. Langston Hughes was not only a poet but he was a dramatist, a novelist, a columnist, a soci-political mad man as well…