Encounters with Quine

Named by Rolling Stone as one of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," Akron native Robert Quine remains one of rock's most overlooked musicians.


Beatles Under Cover

Some of our favorite Beatles covers: Steve Earle, The Black Keys, Ollabelle (w/ Amy Helm), Tommy Emmanuel, Grant Green, Wilson Pickett (w/ Duane Allman), etc.


Yuletide’s Greatest Hits

Rockin' the Holidays, with James Brown, Otis Redding, Brenda Lee, Commander Cody, Amos Milburn, The Sweet Inspirations, etc.


10 by Art Pepper

Four new releases this year unearthed some of Art Pepper's final live recordings. Seems like a good excuse to re-post this piece.


My Baby Thinks She’s a Train

The Great American Train Song, with Johnny Cash, The Johnny Burnette Trio, The J.B.'s, Asleep at the Wheel, Tom Waits, The Wood Brothers, Solomon Burke, etc.

10 Unsung Blues Heroes

Overlooked blues by J.B. Lenoir, Jimmy Rogers, Johnny Shines, Big Maybelle, Robert Nighthawk, Roosevelt Sykes, Guitar Slim, Earl Hooker, etc.


One Scary Playlist

Songs that go bump in the night, with The Cramps, Hasil Adkins, Laika and the Cosmonauts, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Evan Johns and the H-Bombs, etc.


3 Nights @ BLU

From Chuchito Valdes to The Claudettes to Huntertones: a memorable three-night run at Akron's finest music club.


A Few Quick Hits

New (and nearly new) releases from The Polyversal Souls, Patrick Sweany, The Arcs, Spanglish Fly, Alabama Shakes, Lana Del Rey, Keith Richards and more.

The Untouchable Soul of Robert Ward

Another criminally overlooked master of blues and soul... and he turned Lonnie Mack on to his first Magnatone amp.


More Alabama Soul: Eddie Hinton, Donnie Fritts

Another shot of deep southern soul, featuring long-lost demos by Eddie Hinton and a new release by Donnie Fritts.

A Few Minor Complaints

Just a few things that have been yankin' my chain lately: from Donald Trump and skinny suits to Home Depot and hipsters.


10 Essential Listens (for Hazel)

Desert-island discs, featuring Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones, The Band, Lucinda Williams, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, etc.


Truck Driver’s Boogie

A tribute to The Great American Trucking Song, with Red Simpson, Del Reeves, Kay Adams, Dave Dudley, Jim Lauderdale, The Bottle Rockets, etc.

Masters of the Blues Harp

Blowin' the blues with Little Walter, Sonny Boy II, Lazy Lester, Big Walter Horton, Slim Harpo, Annie Raines, Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson, etc.


Take Me to the River

That murky, mythological force that keeps drawing us down for purposes both sanctified (such as baptism) and sinful (e.g. killing your baby).


Bad Month for Bigots

Several developments following the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston seemed to restore a small measure of sanity when we desperately needed it the most.


Songs of Heartbreak and Loss

A healing playlist for Cavs fans everywhere, with Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, The Black Keys, Buddy Miller, etc.

More New Old Stuff

Where the soul of man never dies: B.B. King, Howard Tate, Nina Simone, Lou Ragland, Michael Bloomfield, etc.


Hot New Artist: Sun Ra

Hoping to make a career playing (or teaching) jazz? Take a few tips from interstellar traveler and consummate showman Sun Ra.


The Nitty Gritty Sextet (and Other Boogaloo Faves)

The long-lost recordings of The Nitty Gritty Sextet, plus Joe Cuba, Bronx River Parkway, The Lebron Brothers and more Latin soul.