Get Rhythm

Blake Shelton on 'SNL'--My Take

Sunday, 25 January 2015 03:00 PM Written by

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Even with the occasional tune I don't care for,  I think Blake Shelton, like wife Miranda Lambert, is one of the better artists around what's called country music today. He's got the visibility thanks to The Voice (a show I detest) but his material also has the modern edge with echoes of the past that one hears too rarely.

Join the conversation:

My "Believe Your Ears" Podcast review of Jim Ed Brown's In Style Again on our very cool new SoundCloud platform.



Join the conversation:


SPOILER ALERT: do not read if you haven't yet seen the Season 6 premiere of FX's Justified titled "Fate's Right Hand," episode one of the final season.

Join the conversation:

Henry Mancini's Big Band Days

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 06:44 AM Written by

Henry Mancini (1924-1994) born in Cleveland, Ohio raised in West Aliquippa, had a distinguished career as a composer, recording artist and arranger. Known for compositions like "Moon River" (co-written with Johnny Mercer for the film Breakfast At Tiffany's), "The Pink Panther Theme" and "The Days Of Wine And Roses," Mancini also composed themes to vintage TV shows like Mr. Lucky, Peter Gunn, What's Happening!!! and Charlie's Angels among many. Among his other film credits: Hatari! Love Story and The Great Impostor. He won a total of 20 Grammys.

Join the conversation:

 The buzz is on about Better Call Saul, AMC's new prequel to Breaking Bad, stars Bob Odenkirk in a show that details what he was before becoming cocky, connected and brilliantly slithery Saul Goodman. The short answer: struggling Albuquerque lawyer Jimmy McGill. And the new series shows how and why he evolved.  The series begins in the year 2002, when Walter White was healthy and Jesse Pinkman still (probably) a reluctant high school kid.  Jonathan Banks, reprising his BB role as hitman/cleanup wizard, ex-cop Mike Ehrmantraut, is part of the new series.

Join the conversation:

Pittsburgh Jazz Legends 19: RIP Maureen Budway

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:00 AM Written by


Pittsburgh has produced a series of remarkable female jazz singers over the years, from Maxine Sullivan and Dakota Staton to Lena Horne, to Etta Cox and Sandy Staley. And it had Maureen Budway, known to her friends as "Mo." Maureen, who'd battled breast cancer for two decades, died Monday night. Her health had been deteriorating for some time. MCG Records at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, had a Budway album in preparation, coming out in a few weeks.

Join the conversation:

Elvis At 80: My Personal Favorites

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 06:54 AM Written by


Just as the head says, my favorite Elvis Presley numbers. Everyone has their own list. Not everythign is here, but this pretty much sums it up.

Join the conversation:

RIP Andrae Crouch: Gospel Innovator

Friday, 09 January 2015 06:39 AM Written by

In an earlier era, the late Mahalia Jackson and the Clara Ward Singers, the Jordanaires and Tennessee Ernie Ford became ambassadors for gospel music, taking it to places and audiences far beyond the music's base. Andrae Crouch, who died yesterday at 72, did much the same for later generations as an innovator in Contemporary Christian music.

Join the conversation: