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.

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Cuba, Pt. 2

Obviously, much has changed in Cuba since we first ran this post in 2010 (as a follow-up to this piece) – including the restoration of full diplomatic relations and the easing of travel [...]

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Wartime Blues

I should’ve posted this on Veterans Day, but I didn’t come up with the idea until I heard a piece on NPR about the Doolittle Raid during World War II. Led by James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, the raid [...]

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New Stuff: Ry Cooder, The Wood Brothers, Patty Griffin

At RCR, we recognize that our loyal readers aren’t here simply to honor the deceased. Occasionally you expect us to plow through a stack of new releases and offer a few recommendations for your [...]

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10 by Taj Mahal

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks turned 70 on May 17. More important, he’s coming to our town in a week to perform as Taj Mahal, one of the world’s greatest living bluesmen. He’s also one of our [...]

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More Boogaloo and Cuban Grooves

Can’t tell what’s putting off more heat: the baked leather of my car seat or this bad boogaloo on my stereo. Brother James and I had a ball putting together RCR’s post on Latin [...]

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Music by Ry Cooder: 1967-1994

Our new Fly Fishing Correspondent, Kevin Swan, reels in some of his favorite Ry Cooder moments from the “pre-Buena Vista Social Club” era: When Rolling Stone magazine published their [...]

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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 I’ve decided to weigh in with a [...]

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Superhits of the Early Seventies (and Pass the Sausage)

Every year I get together with five or six of my high school buddies – as well as assorted spousal units and special guests – for a party at my friend’s alpaca farm just outside of a small town [...]

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You’re Covered

The cover song is a proud musical tradition – and it dates back centuries. Let’s face it, many popular tunes and entire forms of music wouldn’t exist today without the act of appropriating [...]