Articles by: Doug Collette

Chris Hillman Makes Roots Gem On Tom Petty Produced ‘Bidin’ My Time’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Chris Hillman embraces his roots as fully and completely as his history on his new Tom Petty-produced album Bidin’ My Time. The recording is a virtual tour-de-force from the man who helped begin the Byrds, co-founded the ...

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Rusty Young Takes Break From Poco With Solo Debut ‘Waitin’ For the Sun’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

If it seems implausible that Waitin’ For the Sun is Rusty Young’s first-ever solo album, it’s well to keep in mind his long-term role in the seminal country-rock band Poco. His  innovative steel guitar playing, ...

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Trey Anastasio Band, Joseph, Low Cut Connie Highlight Day 2 at Grand Point North (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Personalities aside, September 17th  could not have been a more upbeat and inclusive closing to Grand Point North 2017. As with the prior day’s festivities, the immediate environs of the city, its bordering lake and ...

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John McLaughlin Goes The Distance On ‘Live at Ronnie Scott’s (ALBUM REVIEW)

Released in anticipation of John McLaughlin’s final tour of America, Live at Ronnie Scott’s features a cover photo of the famous London venue with the silver-haired musician pictured in the corner somewhat unobtrusively, gazing perhaps ...

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Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams Keep Grasp On Past With ‘Contraband Love’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Pictured on the cover of Contraband Love, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams look like nothing so much as a new American Gothic. And the record follows suit, comprised of eight originals plus three choice covers ...

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The Waterboys Return To Middle Ground With ‘Out Of All This Blue’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Mike Scott has been nothing if not prolific in shepherding various lineups of the Waterboys for thirty odd years, in addition to pursuing his own solo projects. The title of the latest group work, Out ...

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Neil Young Uncovers Unreleased/Released Acoustic Gems On ‘Hitchhiker’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Upon its release from the vault, Neil Young’s Hitchhiker resonates with the purity of the solo acoustic setting in 1976 which it was recorded. And the album is both provocative and penetrating because the ten songs ...

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Gregg Allman’s ‘Southern Blood’ Serves As Memorable Final Statement (ALBUM REVIEW)

The multiple virtues of Gregg Allman’s final album, Southern Blood, are rooted in the pragmatism he displayed by enlisting his own band for the project. Add to that the wisdom of his choice of Muscle ...

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Charlie Parr Provides Perfect Combo of Comfort & Speed On ‘Dog’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Now with a discography of fourteen albums, Charlie Parr is a bonafide contemporary bluesman who refuses to wallow in the downs he encounters. In fact, he uses the songs on Dog to cauterize the psychic ...

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Grateful Dead-Dave’s Picks Volume 23: McArthur Court, University of Oregon, Eugene 1/22/78 (ALBUM REVIEW)

Each successive release in the Grateful Dead Dave’s Picks series has generated its own level of expectation, but there’s been an increasing level of anticipation since a wealth of work from recordist extraordinaire Betty Cantor-Jackson ...

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