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Christine McVie Before Fleetwood Mac

Friday, 28 March 2014 08:52 AM Written by

The buzz about Christine McVie rejoining Fleetwood Mac for their upcoming tour makes her early days worth examining. 47 years ago, when she in her 20's, she was a singer-pianist and artist known by her maiden name of Christine Perfect and like the original Fleetwood Mac, her roots were in the same British Blues movement that spawned Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Rod Stewart, John Mayall, Mick Taylor, the Animals and even the Rolling Stones.

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David Nail Im A Fire cover


On this week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast, I review David Nail's new album I'm A Fire.  Scott Mervis opens by interviewing Rachael Price of the Americana band Lake Street Drive.  Listen by clicking on this link.


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don williams reflections cover

On this week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast, I review Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams's new album Reflections, released last week on Sugar Hill Records, an album that continues the mellow, laid-back style that made him famous and gave him quite a few big country hits 40 years ago. At the beginning of the podcast, Scott Mervis interviews Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs.   Click this link to listen.





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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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