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Marty-Sat Night-Sunday Morn


On this week's "Believe Your Ears" PG Music Podcast, I review Marty Stuart's double CD, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, a disc of rowdy honky tonk tunes, both originals and covers, and a disc of unvarnish country gospel including traditional spirituals and original tunes.

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CD Review: Lee Ann Womack's 'The Way I'm Livin''

Friday, 10 October 2014 06:25 AM Written by


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Six years have passed since Lee Ann Womack's previous album Call Me Crazy. Best known for her 2000 hit , "I Hope You Dance." much has changed since Womack's 2008 effort: Taylor Swift, bro-country and Nashville pop, both bubble gum and otherwise, are now dominant. Americana, a style ranging in quality from brilliant to insufferable, retains a strong niche audience.

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The Kris Kristofferson Single You (Probably) Never Heard

Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:45 AM Written by


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Kris Kristofferson left the US Army as a Captain and chopper pilot late in 1965 and moved to Nashville to become a songwriter. 

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Billie Holiday Near The End: The Play & The Reality

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:07 AM Written by

The play Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill starring Audra McDonald in a one-woman play depicts the iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday nearing the end of her life, playing a club in Philadelphia in 1959. Based on fact, Holiday, considered one of the greatest of all American singers, had, to say the least, a difficult life marked by abuse, domestic violence, and years of drug and alcohol abuse as well as imprisonment. Through it all, she persevered, often making bad choices on top of bad choices.The effect on her voice was obvious onstage and on her late 50's recordings.

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AMC released a video of the theme of the widely-anticipated Breaking Bad followup Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as shrewd, oily Albuquerque lawyer Saul Goodman, set a few years before he encountered Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, when Goodman was still known by his real name: Jimmy McGill.   How he evolved into this new identity, and his adventures during that journey, is the focus.

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Dial Records

Mosaic Records' forthcoming nine-CD box set The Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions not only contains some of the seminal jazz of the post-World War II era, three Pittsburgh jazz icons are represented within. Known for their comprehensive and exhaustively researched CD box sets (no downloads) with state of the art audio restoration, Mosaic has applied their talents to one of the pivotal labels recording bebop, the jazz style that began developing out of swing music just before and after World War II through the bold musical adventures of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Christian.

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Pittsburgh Jazz Legends 17: George Benson

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 06:20 AM Written by

George Benson's autobiography is out. I reviewed it for the PG this past Sunday. But a Pittsburgh Jazz Legends posting is long overdue, and George seems the logical choice. So here's 58 years of George, beginning with his first recordings when he was still a kid on the Hill to a show in Paris in June.

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Sally Kalson: A Class Act

Sunday, 28 September 2014 06:04 AM Written by

I didn't know Sally Kalson personally, so my perspective is that of a long time reader. I once emailed her a thumbs-up for one of her Post-Gazette columns and mentioned I'd read her work at Pennsylvania Illustrated, a publication that given time and better revenues might have been the Keystone State's answer to Texas Monthly. She was surprised anyone remembered it.  It's hard to recall the first Kalson piece I read, except it was something in the old In Pittsburgh newsweekly. I saw a few other pieces in the short-lived Pittsburgher Magazine and after that, her articles in PI.

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