RCR’s Year-End Mail Purge

It’s that time of year again… Time to dig through an avalanche of Russian spam and find the handful of questions that are worthy of replies from the drug-addled braintrust here at RCR. In their [...]


That Honky Tonk Holiday Spirit

As a lifelong fan of hard-core honky tonk, I usually have to search far and wide to find kindred spirits who share the same affliction. Then a friend of mine reinvented himself as classic country [...]


Where did the year go (and where did I put my meds)?

Let’s pretend that I’ve been posting regularly on this blog over the past year, rather than completely ignoring RCR’s vast global empire of digital assets. Fact is, I’ve written dozens of [...]


John Lee Hooker: The Modern Recordings

John Lee Hooker's deep, dark and powerful Modern recordings announced the arrival of a singular artist who simply had no peers.


Evan Johns and the H-Bombs

RIP Evan Johns: one of the most fearsome and original guitarists to never hit the big time.


10 Songs for the Next Rolling Stones Album

A few nuggets the Stones can consider when they record a follow-up to their all-blues album Blue & Lonesome.

Crawling from the Wreckage

Is your head filled with dread during the holidays? RCR can help you cope, with The Mavericks, The Crown, Blue Note jazz, meditation and full-contact bocce.


Wynonie Harris: Mr. Blues is Coming to Town

Let's raise a glass to legendary blues shouter Wynonie Harris and his classic King recordings, 1947-1954.


Apolitical Playlist

Should I a) waste bandwidth trashing Trump, or b) share some new stuff by The Frightnrs, Trixie Whitley, Sturgill Simpson, etc?


Battle of the Blues: Muddy vs. Wolf

What's the best way to honor blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf? Stage a virtual cutting contest.


The Real Dirty South: Bios of James Brown, Harry Crews

One man became a cultural icon, the other a cult figure. But James Brown and Harry Crews have more in common than you might think.


Make RCR Work Again

Did the U.S. Government rig the NBA Finals? Do all bars now offer hand-crafted cocktails? Is Shriv-Rock still a thing? RCR has the answers, and more.


Songs of Hope

A playlist to perk you up: Aretha, Louis Jordan, Bob Wills, Howlin' Wolf, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, Devo, etc.


Bayou Maharajah (An Interview with Director Lily Keber)

RCR chats with the woman behind a fascinating doc about The Piano Prince of New Orleans, James Booker.


10 by Miles Davis

Some of my favorite recordings from Miles' acoustic years: Bag's Groove, My Funny Valentine, Generique, Milestones, Solea, Teo, Masqualero, etc.


Thankless Jobs I Have Known

I had a pretty good gig selling frozen meat off the back of a refrigerated semi trailer -- until my boss accused me of grand theft.


More Surf, Garage, Rockabilly

RCR's happy place, with Johnny Carroll, Link Wray, Southern Culture on the Skids, Sleepy LaBeef, and Robert Plant tackling a song by Akron's Bill Allen.


10 with Art Blakey

A look back at the five-decade career of the original Jazz Messenger – with his own band and bringing the heat in some legendary sessions with other artists.


Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson

It’s hard to top the joyous sound of Cleanhead's asthmatic howl over some swingin’ horns and a hard-grinding rhythm section.


Moon Mullican: Hillbilly Piano

Moon Mullican was the vital link between R&B piano pounders like Amos Milburn and early rockers like Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis.


Random Thoughts on the Recently Departed: Bowie, Frey and Kevin Junior

In the "better late than never" category, RCR weighs in on the recent passing of two rock legends and an unsung hero from Akron.