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Record Store Day is fast becoming one of my favorite days of the year.  It's really hard to beat. Labels release tons of new material, much of it published for the first time in any form.

By: Big Al
April 14, 2019

JD McPherson's new Christmas album, Socks, is the funnest Christmas album I've ever heard.  The songs are all originals.  JD made a conscious effort to avoid Christmas cliches.

By: Big Al
December 21, 2018

Wide Awake is an awesome new album by indie rock band Parquet Courts.  It rocks, has great grooves and a whole lot to say.

By: Big Al
December 6, 2018

Kobo Town is yet another awesome world music band from this year's (aptly named) Blissfest.

By: Big Al
November 6, 2018

Carl Rutherford was from a little town in West Virginia called "War".  You read that right, "War".  That's coal mining country.

By: Big Al
September 19, 2018

Heartless Bastards' singer guitarist Erika Wennerstrom recently released her first solo album, Sweet Unknown.

By: Big Al
September 7, 2018

I really have nothing to add about the amazing Aretha Franklin that hasn't been said by others.

By: Big Al
August 19, 2018

I first saw the Cajun band La Bande Feufollet on Friday, July 12 2002 at approximately 9:00 PM on the main stage at the aptly named Blissfest Music Festival (I have the program in front of me).

By: Big Al
August 19, 2018

Every year my son Wyatt and I are privileged to attend the aptly named Blissfest Festival of Roots and Traditional Music in northern Michigan.  Since I really want to avoid hyperbole, I’ll just say

By: Big Al
August 5, 2018

Several weeks back I wrote a blog post about songs that have made me tear up.

By: Big Al
July 8, 2018

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