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Music Critic Rich Kienzle reviews Detroit session guitarist and Funk Brothers member Dennis Coffey's never-heard 1968 live album.

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Best Music Reissues Of 2016

Friday, 30 December 2016 08:20 AM Written by


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As promised, my list of best reissues (or as some call them, "archival recordings" of 2016:

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PG Music Podcast: Top Albums Of 2016

Thursday, 22 December 2016 02:55 PM Written by

"Believe Your Ears" Host Rich Kienzle offers his list of 2016's best albums, country and otherwise.

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Joan Baez: Rock Hall Inductee, Country-Rock Pioneer

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 09:15 AM Written by

 Joan Baez's just-announced induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will likely raise both debate and questions. She was, after all, a product of the folk revival who unlike onetime paramour Bob Dylan and others, did not make any overt attempts to move into the rock field. In an interview with Scott Mervis, Rock Hall President and Pittsburgh native Joel Peresman's explanation of her induction lacked real clarity.

Yes, she was close to Dylan. It's true she played Woodstock. She introduced the song "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" to the world on her 1962 Joan Baez Live In Concert, Volume 1 album. That was where Led Zeppelin, who made the song immortal, first heard it. Zeppelin, of course later had to settle with the song's composer. Anne Bredon. Since 1990, composer credits are shared by the band and Bredon. Those would qualify Baez under the RRHOF's Influence category.

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 My review of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Steve Earle's Guitar Town album: the original album and a full-length 1986 concert

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The Four Coins, George Mantalis And Their Music

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:28 PM Written by


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Scott Mervis's reporting on the Saturday death of George Mantalis, of the 50's vocal quartet the Four Coins, all Canonsburg natives, noted the group's early connections to fellow Canonsburg star Bobby Vinton and his early orchestra. They emerged in the era just as rock was beginning to explode, but were rooted in earlier times, in the sound of quartets like the Ames Brothers.  The Coins weren't the only vocal quartet to succeed in that era.  There were also the  Four Lads and, from the Philadelphia area, the Four Aces.

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The 2017 Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards, announced last week, marked a further step in the continuing evolution of this effort, one that enhances its credibility and its acceptance in the community. For the most part.

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 The ten blues greats whose songs were covered on the new Stones album, a tribute to their blues roots.  This covers the original versions of ten of the 12 songs on the record.

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