Here's a set of 10 great records. I've created this list as a more personal introduction than an academic one, and so I'm using the phrase "essential soul jazz" to describe the list very loosely. I recommend each with my heart and soul; meaning I've spent time getting to know them, and think you'll enjoy the experience of meeting them too.
Each year, I keep up with hundreds of YouTube subscriptions from artists and labels to radio stations and filmmakers. While I greatly appreciate the manicured visual representation of music videos, there is something special about the live-to-tape recorded video sessions as well that capture a unique moment in music.
I had the pleasure of attending scores of shows in St. Louis this past year. Here are my top picks for the best shows of 2014.
Here are my top 10 favorite albums of 2014 (and one bonus LP), all of which you've heard this year on "Songwriters Showcase." A special thanks to all the great artists who entertained us the past 12 months; it's one of my greatest pleasures sharing this music with you.
It's been a great year for rock 'n' roll records released by your friends and neighbors. Here are the ones I really liked.
This past year was a weird one. Thankfully, music made the tough times easier. So many great records came out, almost too many to keep track of; so here's a slice, a mere sliver of the releases that caught my ear this year.
Though I had a top albums list of 2014, choosing singles made for a larger variety of sounds, and it was much easier to decide on my "best of," as I only had to remember the songs that made me smile the most.
The following list provides what I consider to be a great entry point into the world of psychedelic music, spanning five decades of this ever-growing genre's popularity.
The following is a list of albums that have withstood the test of time. They have moved me over the last 45-50 years, and I believe they should be in any blues listener's collection. These are the CD versions of the original LPs.