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Kacey Musgraves' Album 'Pageant Material' Reviewed

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 04:00 PM Written by

This week's "Believe Your Ears" PG Music Podcast takes a look at Kacey Musgraves' new album Pageant Material (hence the cover photo).  It debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Country Album charts this week.

 

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Last night, CNN showed the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, a chronicle of his farewell tour, scheduled in the wake of his 2012 public announcement he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The network acquired the broadcast rights to run it this month and again in November.  It will also be available as a digital download and the DVD will be out September 1.

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With the Confederate battle flag fast falling from favor in the wake of the past week's tragedies, it's certainly been a part of the iconography in certain areas of country music, along with the notion of Southern Pride. But these areas don't reflect the vast majority of the country music of the past seven decades or so.

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One of my Best of 2015.  And it's only June.

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Legendary Dan Hicks Battling Liver Cancer

Monday, 22 June 2015 06:38 AM Written by

Dan Hicks, the iconic and iconoclastic San Francisco singer, songwriter and guitarist who combined his original songs with Django Reinhardt-style swing, jazz vocals and folk music to create Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks, is suffering from liver cancer. He announced the diagnosis on his website recently.

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The Stones 'N The Blues

Friday, 19 June 2015 06:37 AM Written by

Everyone who knows the Rolling Stones' heritage and musical roots know they took their name from a Muddy Waters song and that Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards became fans of American blues and R&B when they were teenagers. They scarfed up all the Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf records (to name just a few of the acts they loved) they could find and copied them closely. By the time they started working together, they already had the seeds of their sound.

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This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast examines the just-released anthology Dylan, Cash & The Nashville Cats: A New Music City looking at a period when 60's rockers and folk-rockers began recording in Nashville.  This is accompanying an exhibit on the subject at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Disclosure: I've compiled and annotated collections for Legacy in the past (though not this one).

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The news that Pittsburgh jazz icon Erroll Garner's professional archives have been donated to the University of Pittsburgh's Library System, thanks to the estate of his Pittsburgh-born manager, the late Martha Glaser, is welcome in the extreme.  So is the upcoming September 18th release of a revised and expanded 60th Anniversary Edition of his landmark 1955 Columbia album Concert By The Sea, with notes by, among others, Pitt Jazz Program Director Geri Allen, who co-produced the collection with Steve Rosenthal.  The three-disc edition will include the complete concert, a new version of the edited (originally released) show and interviews done right after the Carmel show with Garner and his sidemen.

It more than justifies this revised re-post of the "Pittsburgh Jazz Legends 8: Erroll Garner" entry that first ran on this blog back in 2012.

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