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Bobby Jackson       Courtesy PubMusic

Earlier this month, the online Pittsburgh Jazz Channel and Jazz 88, WYZR-FM (88.1), began presenting The Roots Of Smooth, a syndicated hour-long show hosted by the late Cleveland jazz personality Bobby Jackson, who died December 9 at 57. It's heard Fridays from 6-7 PM, repeated Saturdays from 1-2 PM.

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Peter Griffin: 'Family Guy's' Country Music Critic

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:53 AM Written by

If there's one problem with some current writing about country music, and it's been true since the Garth Brooks era, it's that quite a few wouldbe country critics and journalists have little real knowledge of the music. They see it solely in the moment, not as part of a century-plus continuum even the most superficial Nashville hypemasters still claim it to be.  Some don't think that knowing the territory matters. I think it does.

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James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up' Coming August 1

Monday, 17 March 2014 05:19 PM Written by

This summer, the much-anticipated James Brown (1933-2006) biopic Get On Up appears on August 1, starring 42's Chadwick Bozeman as the Godfather of Soul and covering his troubled early life, rise to stardom and violence-ridden fall from grace in the 1980's.

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Johnny Winter Box Set Reviewed On 'Believe Your Ears'

Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:13 PM Written by

This week's "Believe Your Ears" Music Podcast reviews Johnny Winter's True To The Blues, a 4-CD, 57 track box set issued by Legacy Recordings in honor of Winter's 70th Birthday.  It runs chronologically from 1968 through 2011, featuring the best of his solo recordings, live material and some collaborations with his brother Edgar Winter,  the late blues legend Mike Bloomfield,  Muddy Waters (who made his last great recordings for Winter's Blue Sky label in the 1970's), Vince Gill, Derek Trucks and others. 

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WARNING: If you're a Justified fan who didn't see last night's episode, be advised a major spoiler lurks just below.

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