Tommy James and the Shondells – “40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006)”

Tommy James and the Shondells – “40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006)”

If there is one artist in Rock and Roll that I feel is criminally overlooked by the so called “Rock Intelligencia”, it is Mr. Tommy James. This man is such a talented singer and creative source that it is shocking to me the depth he has musically. The level he has achieved and maintained to this day is unequaled by any artist, save for bands like the Rolling Stones or the Who. Now, in the…

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Tipping My Tinfoil Hat to Darrell Kelley

Tipping My Tinfoil Hat to Darrell Kelley

Darrell Kelley is becoming known for his faith-based releases in conjunction with his ministry and his entrepreneurial endeavors.  Balancing his efforts between being a spiritual leader, author, soul food purveyor and musician, Kelley shows a real knack for focus and effort.  Coming originally from the Northeast, Kelley now calls the south home and you can feel those two influences in his own work. The Pastor seems to be at home addressing the communities of faith…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Tony Joe White – “The Best Of Tony Joe White Featuring Polk Salad Annie”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Tony Joe White – “The Best Of Tony Joe White Featuring Polk Salad Annie”

I think if I could blink something into existence, I would like to exist as something a little closer to an artist like Tony Joe White. There is something about his music and his persona that I just think is so cool. He is part of that vanishing American artist movement, that truly grew up in freedom and he developed his own style freely, by going up against opposition, whether that opposition was cultural, economic,…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: The Godz – “The Godz”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: The Godz – “The Godz”

One of the greatest traits about America has always been the regional musical differences born of living in these United States. This album is a perfect encapsulation of that phenomenon that reached fruition musically at this point (1978) and a little further past the mid 1980s. This is not the dissonant 1960’s NYC band the Godz. The Midwest Godz are different and are not for everyone. They are down and dirty rock and rollers. I…

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