Get Rhythm

 My review of Dolly Parton's just-released album Pure & Simple

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Dwight Swimmin Pools

On September 23, Sugar Hill Records will release Dwight Yoakam's Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars, the title inspired by both his 1986 debut and from lyrics to the theme song of TV's Beverly Hillbillies. It's a return, as Yoakam revisits many songs he's done in the past. Only a couple were hits; the majority are lesser-known numbers from his albums. He also pays tribute to Prince with an acoustic performance of "Purple Rain."

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The Freewheeling Toots Thielemans: 1922-2016

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 09:55 AM Written by

Toots Thielemans, who died Monday at 95, was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1922. A composer, guitarist, whistler and chromatic harmonica wizard who not only defined jazz harmonica, he straddled the often- insurmountable wall between jazz and commercial music. He retired two years ago. Here's a brief journey through a remarkable career.

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The Lost Chet Atkins Album: PG Music Podcast

Friday, 19 August 2016 06:45 AM Written by

A review of My Brother Sings, the famous "lost" album by Nashville guitar hero and RCA recording artist and producer Chet Atkins combining scintillating instrumentals, with six Bing Crosby-style vocals by Jimmy Atkins, Chet's older half-brother.  The album, except for a few copies, was never released.  This newly remastered version is on LP only.

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 On September 9, the justifiably acclaimed Nashville western swing band the Time Jumpers released Kid Sister, the followup to their Grammy-nominated Rounder album Time Jumpers on Rounder Records.

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The Story Of A Song: 'Jambalaya'

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 07:56 AM Written by

Everyone knows this song...

"Jambalaya" Hank's 1952 original.   A # 1 country single for 16 weeks.

Hank's version actually reached into the Pop Top 20, but Mitch Miller, head of the pop music division at Columbia Records, gave the song to one of their top female vocalists Jo Stafford. 

"Jambalaya" Jo Stafford,  a 1952 # 1 pop hit.

But where did it come from?  Read on...

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 stones complete mono


September 30, ABKCO Records will release The Rolling Stones In Mono, a 16 disc set (available in LP, CD and digital) covering the earliest years of the band's recording history (1964-69) released by Decca Records in Britain. It includes the US releases of the same albums on London Records, Decca's American subsidiary, which were sometimes different from the Brit versions.

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Jazzman Pete Fountain Remembered: PG Music Podcast

Thursday, 11 August 2016 06:55 AM Written by

 A look back at the life and music (with a Pittsburgh twist) of world-renowned New Orleans clarinet great Pete Fountain, who died Saturday at 86. 

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