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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Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Howlin’ Wolf – ” Moanin’ In The Moonlight”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Howlin’ Wolf – ” Moanin’ In The Moonlight”

Some days when you are totally into music can feel just like Christmas. A day when you get a present that is a complete surprise. A present that helps you further joy in yourself, that then gets passed on to others. I have had many such days in the music business, but one in particular stands out above the others. That day, somewhere around 1987, when I went out and bought my first Howlin’ Wolf…

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Black Masala | Trains And Moonlight Destinies

Black Masala | Trains And Moonlight Destinies

ARTIST: Black Masala TITLE: Trains And Moonlight Destinies LABEL: self-released Here’s the third studio album from Washington DC’s Black Masala, hands down one of the most exciting live bands anywhere. Their unique sound combines elements that seem on the surface not to fit together: Balkan brass, punk rock, Indian bhangra, DC go-go, New Orleans funk and second-line music, reggae and who knows what else. The four-person brass section, anchored by trombonist Kirsten Warfield, is the…

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