Rich Kienzle

Rich Kienzle

This week's "Believe Your Ears" Music Podcast looks at a survey of the work of singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux (Rounder).  Up front, I have a few comments on Pain Killer, the new release by the Nashville pop quartet Little Big Town.

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Sons of Anarchy: What Tune Was Bobby Singing?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:06

 

SPOILER ALERT: Stop here if you haven't seen this week's episode of Sons of Anarchy, titled "Greensleeves."

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Pittsburgh Jazz Legends 18: Johnny Costa

Monday, 20 October 2014 06:28

Only one Pittsburgh jazz pianist, not Erroll Garner, Earl Fatha Hines, Mary Lou Williams, Sonny Clark or Ahmad Jamal, had a technique compared to the great and dazzling virtuoso Art Tatum: Johnny Costa. That distinction came long before he became famous as musical director of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

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This week's "Believe Your Ears" Music Podcast features my review of Kenny Chesney's latest album The Big Revival. He put touring on hold for a year to record this album.  Was it worth it?

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I was five in 1956, and I recall vividly falling in love with a single called "The Green Door," recorded by an otherwise nondescript singer by the name of Jim Lowe on Dot Records. It was by no means rock and roll but had a rollicking, boogie-woogie feel I really enjoyed though, even at five, I couldn't figure out the lyrics and frankly, still can't.  I might add, neither can anyone else--multiple theories have been advanced over the years.  Lowe was a top Manhattan disc jockey at WNEW Radio who went on to work at NBC Radio and their popular weekend "Monitor" showcase. 

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Glen Campbell's Final Recording Released

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:45

Glen Campbell's final recording "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was released today  with an accompanying video

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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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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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Kris Single 1967

 

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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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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