Articles by: Jim Hynes

Twenty Albums In, Eliza Gilkyson Channels a New Kind of Spirituality on “Secularia’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Eliza Gilkyson, twenty albums in, seems to be marshaling all her inner emotions, her feminist and political activism, as she challenges conventional religious beliefs while beseeching us to be more accountable in these divisive times. ...

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Jason Isbell’s First Solo Album ‘Sirens of the Ditch’ Reissued and Expanded with Four New Songs (ALBUM REVIEW)

If Jason Isbell is not yet a household name, he is at the top of the list when one mentions “Americana” these days. New West Records, likely wishing he was still on their roster, is ...

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Billy Price Heads to Greaseland for Soul-Filled ‘Reckoning’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Billy Price has emerged from a regional star in Pittsburgh to an international blues star. It’s about time. Few, if any singers today, can bring the combination of passion and vocal range that Price does ...

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Cut Throat Finches Meld British Pop and American Roots on ‘Polite Conversations’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Cut Throat Finches are a young band from Ft. Worth, TX. described by one writer as sounding like Nathaniel Ratcliffe fronting the Raconteurs. Their rather unique blend of soulful vocals, western stylings and Brit-pop influence ...

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The Biggest Jazz Discovery in Years – John Coltrane’s ‘Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (ALBUM REVIEW)

Those of us that have the box set Coltrane – The Classic Quartet – Complete Impulse Studio Recordings now find that the although the collection will never be obsolete, it now needs updating due to ...

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels Collaborate with Lucinda Williams on “Vanished Gardens” (Album Review)

Iconic living legend saxophonist Charles Lloyd keeps exploring as he now moves into his ninth decade. This release, Vanished Gardens, his fourth upon his return to Blue Note, again pairs him with two extraordinary guitarists ...

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Grammy Winning Producer Tom Hambridge Collaborates With New Orleans’ Finest on “NOLA Sessions” (ALBUM REVIEW)

Two-time Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge spends most of his time in his adopted home of Nashville producing records for Buddy Guy, Kenny Neal, Mike Zito and countless others. And, he finds some time to play ...

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Three Person Orchestra Furious Seasons Melodically Intrigue on “Now Residing Abroad” (ALBUM REVIEW)

Furious Seasons is a three-person orchestra, releasing their second album, Now Residing Abroad as a trio and the sixth under the band’s name. Leader, singer-songwriter David Steinhart has been a mainstay in folk-pop circles in ...

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Kamasi Washington Continues To Astonish With Double Disc/4 Piece Vinyl ‘Heaven and Earth’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Kamasi Washington has not only taken the jazz world by storm.  He’s moved well beyond it, bringing in a new generation of non-jazz lovers too. Heaven and Earth, the follow-up to the widely heralded 2015 ...

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Jeffrey Foucault Lightens Up With Delicate Sketches on ‘Blood Brothers’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Jeffrey Foucault gives this one more breathing room, emerging from the beautiful, stark darkness of his previous release, the wonderful Salt As Wolves.  This time out, with Blood Brothers Foucault and his cohorts aren’t in ...

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