• The Ballad of Clarence White

    Think of the greats in any musical genre, and you’re usually thinking of a signature sound that gives the artist a distinct presence or personality….

  • Odds/Ends…

    Time to dig through the old mail bag and respond to a few comments about previous posts… Most of these comments show up on the…

  • Cuba, Part 2

    Brother James returns with more photographs taken during several visits to Cuba over the past decade.  He provides his usual commentary under each photo, and…

  • Sweet Giant of the Blues

    Newly promoted to Keyboard Correspondent for Rubber City Review, Brother Jack is back with this look at the wonderful Otis Spann – a true giant of…

  • The Fraternity of Wham

    Several posts ago, we waxed poetic about Cincinnati’s King Records – home to legendary American artists ranging from the Stanley Brothers to James Brown.  But…

  • The World’s Greatest Advertising Jingle

    Here’s another “Editors’ Pick” from blogcritics.  It asks the important questions: Would Don Draper approve of the Big-O jingle?  And, can one company bring happiness…

  • Surf’s Up in Cleveland

    I have this theory about the Beach Boys… that people who live in northern, land-locked areas, where it’s brutally cold nearly half of the year,…