Thursday, March 21, 2019

Phil Collins...Still Not Dead Yet, Live! coming this fall

This will likely be the biggest music release of the day, so I wanted to share it early!



“Collins proved once again to be the show stopper we all know him to be” – Setlist.FM
“There was something in the air as Collins and band created the ultimate fan experience” (Consequence of Sound)

Citi Presale Begins Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m.

Tickets On Sale for Verified Fans Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m.

General On Sale Begins Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Mar 21, 2019) – Due to overwhelming demand, Live Nation and S2BN Entertainment today announced a limited run of Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live! dates have been confirmed for fall 2019. The 15-city limited engagement will kick off September 23rd in Dallas, TX and make stops in Houston, Tampa, Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, New York City, Louisville, Omaha, Denver, Phoenix, and San Francisco before wrapping October 19th in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets for all dates will go on sale starting Friday, March 29th.

One of the world’s most acclaimed hitmakers with over 100 million record sales and an unstoppable catalogue of Number 1 albums, Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live! follows his highly successful Phil Collins Not Dead Yet 2018 outing which included multiple sold out dates and will once again feature Phil Collins accompanied by longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer, keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Richie Garcia), 4 piece horns & stellar backup vocalists with Phil’s son Nicolas once again handling the iconic drum beats Phil himself made so famous and compelling a generation before.

“The atmospheric and electrifying In The Air Tonight was magnificent. Collins, poignantly, stood to sing this classic. His thousand-yard stare penetrated those in the far-flung seats facing the stage and his haunting vocals were sung with an intensity that had many fans standing and swaying on their feet, eyes closed, mesmerised.” (The Herald, AU).
Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live! will continue to be a celebration of his epic career. With more top 40 hits than any other US artist in the 80’s crowd pleasers “Against All Odds,” “Another Day in Paradise,” “I Missed Again,” “Follow You Follow Me,” “In the Air Tonight” “Invisible Touch” and “Easy Lover” amongst others had the rapturous crowds air drumming and dancing in their seats.
Citi is the official credit card for the Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live! Tour, and as such, Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan opportunity for tour dates in the United States. Citi cardmembers can register now through Sunday, March 24 at 11:59PM ET to unlock access to tickets and use their Citi card to complete the ticket purchase if verified. The Citi Presale begins Tuesday, March 26 at 10AM and will continue through Thursday, March 28 at 5PM. To register for the Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan visit:
Additionally, fans may register now through Sunday, March 24th at 12am local time at  to unlock tickets for the Verified Fan on sale Friday, March 29that 10am through 11:50pm at If tickets remain, general on sale will begin Saturday, March 30th at 10am local time at
The tour is presented by Live Nation & S2BN Entertainment Studios by Arrangement with Solo & Tony Smith Personal Management.

Monday, September 23, 2019
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Atlanta, GA
Infinite Energy Center
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Charlotte, NC
Spectrum Center
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena
Friday, October 4, 2019
Buffalo, NY
KeyBank Center
Sunday, October 6, 2019
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center
Friday, October 11, 2019
Omaha, NE
CHI Health Center
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Thursday, October 17, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Chase Center
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Cranberries release new single "Wake Me When It's Over"

So wonderful to hear new music from one of Ireland's all-time great rock troupes...

The Cranberries release new single "Wake Me When It's Over"

 New Album IN THE END, coming April 26, 2019

While many bands may aspire to be timeless, or have a sound that transcends the whims of musical fashion, The Cranberries are one of the few to have achieved that. Play one of the Irish rock group's early anthems such as "Linger" or "Dreams," and they sound as fresh - and deliver as much of an emotional sucker-punch - as when they captured a generation's hearts in the 1990s.
Now, nearly 30 years after the quartet of singer/songwriter Dolores O'Riordan, co-songwriter and lead guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler first appeared, they are returning with their eighth album In the End. After the sad and unexpected passing of Dolores on January 15th 2018, it will be their last - and is among the most complete works they have ever produced.
As with all the songs on the album, the new single "Wake Me When It's Over" had been recorded as a demo by Dolores before her passing. "This was a song Dolores had been working on for a little while" Noel explains. "It's a fun song to play and it's bright and quite uplifting. It's very much a classic Dolores song with a soft verse and a massive chorus." Working with Stephen Street - who had produced four of their previous albums including Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and No Need To Argue - the band built the sounds around Dolores' vocals to create a classic Cranberries song. "It's hard to explain what turns a Dolores tune into a Cranberries tune. It's just the magic when we play together and understand each other so well. It's always been the same" adds Fergal.
The genesis of In The End began in May 2017 while the band were on tour. By winter of 2017 Noel and Dolores had written and demoed the eleven songs which would eventually appear on the album. "Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live" recalls Noel.
In the End sees the band coming full circle, with a collection that evokes their very first LP. "When we listened to the demos, the three of us and Stephen were thinking 'this sounds much closer to the first album than anything else'. Dolores was singing very softly on some songs, which was closer to how she would have sung back then, and the simplicity of some of the songs as well brought us back to that time," says Noel.
As the huge wave of public adulation in the wake of Dolores' passing showed, The Cranberries may be over, in one sense - but they will forever live on in the musical pantheon.

Sights and Sounds: The Mavericks, Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar

Here is a roundup of today's early news releases...

The Mavericks celebrate their 30th Anniversary in 2019. A number of concert dates have just been announced. Additionally, Mavericks singer-guitarist Raul Malo has also announced a number of solo dates, including a Friday, May 10 date at the legendary Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Here is some of the information in this morning's announcement from the band:

NEW DATES…AND MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED! As many of you know, 2019 marks the 30th year of The Mavericks since our inception in 1989... We’ve mentioned it in a few of our shows this year, and are most excited to announce a proper 30th Anniversary Tour, which will highlight music made from every album and incarnation of the band! The live show will be a bit different from what you may have seen in the past, and we know you’re going to love it! 

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GRAMMY and Oscar-winning, multi-platinum artist Melissa Etheridge shares her new song and video for “Wild and Lonely,” the latest track from her forthcoming album The Medicine Show, out April 12 via Concord Records. The new track is available now; watch the video here. In the video, fans get a taste of this new material performed live with footage captured on Melissa’s recent UK dates, ahead of her U.S. tour kicking off March 29 (dates below). Pre-order The Medicine Show here.

With “Wild and Lonely,” Etheridge found herself exploring themes of her past, but with a new perspective. The song is about wanting to break out of routines and reach for the extraordinary -- “an angry craving seeps into my skin,” she sings. Melissa explains, “that was like Old School Melissa. It’s fun for me to play with ‘me’ now, for 57-year-old Melissa to play with the angst. The whole song is about being on the road, being hungry, wanting.”

Paired with the title track, “Wild and Lonely” fully sets the tone for the album, sonically and emotionally. She continues, “I wanted the album to have a sound, a feel,” she says. ‘Wild and Lonely’ really dialed that in for me…the song is a perfect example of the sound I wanted.”

The release of “Wild and Lonely” follows “Faded By Design,” the first single to be unveiled from The Medicine Show, which had its premiere exclusively with Rolling Stone, who called it “a proud declaration of resilience.” For this new album, her 15th studio recording, Melissa was reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks (Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson), and the music was recorded largely live in studio, capturing the raw emotion of the material.

Since the release of her unforgettable self-titled 1988 debut, Melissa Etheridge’s incredible career to date includes sales of over 25 million albums, 5 platinum and 3 multi-platinum records, 15 GRAMMY Award nominations and 2 wins, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an Academy Award for “I Need to Wake Up” from the climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Her last release, MEmphis Rock & Soul, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart. Melissa has selflessly dedicated herself as an activist for human rights, LGBTQ issues, breast cancer awareness and alternative medical approaches. 

*Meet and Greets are available for more information go to

3/29/19 Bonita Springs, FL - Southwest Florida Event Center
3/30/19 Bonita Springs, FL - Southwest Florida Event Center
4/10/19 New York, NY - The Town Hall
4/13/19 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
4/14/19 Lynn, MA - Lynn Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
4/17/18 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
4/19/19 Stateline, NV - Harrah's Lake Tahoe - South Shore Room
4/20/19 West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall
4/23/19 New Braunfels, TX - Gruene Hall
4/24/19 Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory with Liz Phair
4/25/19 Catoosa, OK - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - The Joint
4/27/19 Lake Charles, LA - Golden Nugget Lake Charles
4/28/19 New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre with Liz Phair
4/30/19 Chattanooga, TN - Walker Theater
5/1/19 Augusta, GA - Miller Theater
5/2/19 Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre of Durham
5/3/19 Virginia Beach, VA - Sandler Center
5/6/19 Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
5/8/19 Springfield, OH - Clark State Performing Arts Center
5/9/19 Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
5/11/19 Plymouth, MA - Plymouth Memorial Hall
5/12/19 Portland, ME - State Theatre
6/20/19 Des Moines, IA - Hoyt Sherman Place
6/25/19 Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap with Pat Benatar Neil Geraldo and Liz Phair
6/29/19 Webster, MA - Indian Ranch
6/30/19 New York, NY – Times Square - World Pride Closing Ceremony
7/4/19 Elk Grove Village, IL - Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series
7/8/19 Boulder, CO – Chautauqua Auditorium
7/13/19 Chandler, AZ - Chandler Center for the Arts

AXS TV announced today (Tuesday, March 19, 2019) the return of the popular music interview series Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar Presented By Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL, premiering Sunday, May 5 at 8 p.m. ET. The new season features episodes with Willie Nelson, REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Robby Krieger, Cheech & Chong, Charlie Daniels and more.

The star-studded guest list includes Country legend Willie Nelson; as well as Rick Springfield in a special episode shot on location at his home; multi-platinum rockers REO Speedwagon; celebrity chef/TV Host Guy Fieri; renowned comedy duo Cheech & Chong; Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels; stock car superstar—and seven-time NASCAR champion— Jimmie Johnson; groundbreaking Doors guitarist Robby Krieger; blues rock revolutionary Joe Bonamassa; and a special drummers episode with prolific percussionists Kenny Aronoff, Sheila E.and Jason Bonham,who gives an exclusive insider’s look at the making of his new album.  

As part of AXS TV’s partnership with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL, the network will present a series of weekly vignettes covering the latest in music news and information in the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Music Minute , covering everything from concert tour dates and artist announcements, to music festival news and profiles of up-and-coming artists. Additionally, the series will highlight events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL, while taking viewers behind the scenes on the venue’s storied grounds, which includes the renowned Rock Vault—the temporary home to Hagar’s trademark checkered suit worn during his performance with Van Halen at the 1992 VMAs. The iconic ensemble is now on display along the marble-floored concourse of the newly opened casino at the resort, right next to David Bowie’s “Glass Spider” red suit, which he wore during the 1987 tour.

Willie Nelson, left, with Sammy Hagar.
Photo courtesy of AXS TV.
“I am so proud to be able to host this wild and crazy show for a fourth season,” Hagar said. “This is pure fun for me, getting to go around just hanging out and playing music with some of my favorite people in the world. It’s humbling to see that our viewers dig it as much as I do. I’m excited to keep this party going!”

“Sammy Hagar is the quintessential rockstar—simultaneously larger-than-life and incredibly down-to-earth,” said Evan Haiman, AXS TV’s vice president of music programming and production. “He hasn’t just lived through rock history, he’s made rock history, and the deep passion he has for music resonates in every episode. AXS TV is proud to welcome the popular series back for a fourth season, packed with even more of the candid conversations and all-star jam sessions that our viewers love.”

“As one of the most iconic entertainment venues on the planet, it made perfect sense for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood to partner with Sammy Hagar and AXS TV as the presenting sponsor for the Rock & Roll Road Trip series.  Our culture is built on music, having fun and being a little irreverent on occasion. Most of the celebrities that Sammy interviews on the show will most likely have visited or performed at one of our Hard Rock venues,” said Auggie Cipollini, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. “This is going to be a great partnership and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to showcase Rock & Roll history and today’s most interesting celebrities to such a passionate and loyal audience.”  

Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL is produced in-house by AXS TV. Tom Consolo, Evan Haiman, Kari Hagar, and Sammy Hagar all serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Stephen Stormer.

Sammy Hagar  is a Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter who has sold more than 80 million albums during his four decades as a solo artist and frontman for bands including Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot and The Circle. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Van Halen in 2007, is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author, host of the TV series “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar,” restaurateur and spirits entrepreneur. He turned his love for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and hand-crafted tequila into an empire with the Cabo Wabo Cantinas and Tequila and has since added nine restaurants throughout the United States, the award-winning Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, and in 2017 launched a new spirit, Santo Mezquila.

About AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur CEO Mark Cuban, AXS TV delivers the ultimate in music entertainment programming with an eclectic lineup that includes classic concerts from music's most iconic bands, as well as exclusive music festival coverage, original hit series, docs that rock, insightful specials, and knock-out live mixed martial arts and wrestling action. AXS TV is a partnership between Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available nationally in the United States and can be seen in parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit . For more information, see and . Follow AXS TV on  Facebook, Twitter   @axstv  and Instagram . Press information is available at .

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  It is  a world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that features a AAA Four Diamond-rated luxury hotel; expansive gaming offerings including first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South Florida’s premier poker room; spa and fitness center; award-winning dining and nightlife; and the popular Hard Rock Event Center which hosts A-list entertainers, comedy and sporting events. A $1.5 billion expansion slated to open in fall 2019 will bring 638 luxury guestrooms to a first-ever, iconic, guitar-shaped hotel and 167 upscale guest accommodations in an adjacent hotel tower overlooking a lush, “Bora Bora” style, private cabana  environment ; a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa®; a 13.5 acre recreationalwater - focused experience for sunbathing, swimming , kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding; 21 distinctive  restaurants, bars and lounges; an expanded gaming floor featuring 3,100 slots, 193 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and 26,000 square feet of new retail space.  The highly anticipated 6,500 seat Hard Rock Live theater-style  concert venue will feature headline performances and live broadcast capabilities.  The resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole  Reservation along  State Road 7, (U.S. Highway 441). The resort is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood. com , call 800-937-0010 or follow us:
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Monday, March 18, 2019

Dhani Harrison added to Jeff Lynne's ELO 2019 Summer Tour

Last time I saw Jeff Lynne's ELO, Dawes was the strong opener (read my review of that August 2018 concert event here). Now Lynne has slated another interesting musical choice to open...



Dhani Harrison will be joining lifelong friend Jeff Lynne for a 20-date North American arena tour this summer as the special guest of Jeff Lynne's ELO. Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album, In//Parallel, Harrison most recently scored HBO's four-part documentary series "The Case Against Adnan Syed," which premiered March 10, alongside Paul Hicks.
Harrison's association with Lynne is well documented, with the pair co-producing the posthumous Grammy-Award Winning George Harrison album Brainwashed, but this will be the first time the pair has toured together.
The trek, produced by Live Nation, will kick off June 20 in Anaheim, CA and travel across North America to cities like Vancouver, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington DC, Toronto, Philadelphia, Newark, Detroit and Chicago before concluding in Pittsburgh, PA on August 1. Tickets and full details are available now at


Thu 6/20 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center  
Sat 6/22 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center  
Mon 6/24 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center  
 Wed 6/26 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena  
Fri 6/28 - Tacoma, WA- Tacoma Dome  
Sat 6/29 - Portland, OR - Moda Center  
Wed 7/3 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Fri 7/5 - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena
Sun 7/7 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
Tue 7/9 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center  
Thu 7/11 - Washington, D.C. - Capitol One Arena
Sat 7/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center  
Tue 7/16 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Thu 7/18 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
Sat 7/20 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena  
Tue 7/23 - Grand Rapids MI - Van Andel Arena
Thu 7/25 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Arena  
Sat 7/27 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Tue 7/30 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena 
Thu 8/1 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena

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Santana shares new track 'Los Invisibles' from upcoming album - hear it now!

Just listened to the new track from Santana's upcoming album 'Africa Speaks.' Get a listen, a wonderful song that proves how the legendary guitarist keeps pushing forward...

Santana shares new track "Los Invisibles" from his forthcoming album "Africa Speaks"


The iconic guitarist and his expert band, augmented by Spanish singer Buika, team with legendary producer Rick Rubin

For Immediate Release – March 18, 2019 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has shared a new track “Los Invisibles,” from his upcoming album, Africa Speaks, on Concord Records. Listen here as Santana’s otherworldly, wah-driven solos take flight on the stomping groove of “Los Invisibles.” To watch the animated cover for the track, click here.

Enlisting legendary producer Rick Rubin, the iconic guitarist and his eight-piece band (which also includes Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums), convened at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, and in a joyous and stimulating 10-day period they recorded an astonishing number of tracks, many of them in one take.

Another dramatic element in the creation of “Los Invisibles” came in the form of Spanish singer Buika, whose heavenly lead vocals cast a magical spell throughout the album. Santana, now 50 years into his remarkable career, has succeeded in creating a compelling, energy infused album. A vision that transcends generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. It will rank as one of his most important and memorable works.

Santana on the web:
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Master songwriters shine on new releases

Americana, blues and country music is celebrated on a trio of essential new titles.

Artist: Gary Clark Jr.
Title: This Land (Warner Bros. Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Jimi Hendrix
Tell me more: A number of years ago genre-busting blues-rock great Walter Trout told this writer that if blues music was to survive and thrive that artists would have to continually push the boundaries of the genre forward. Listening to the latest masterwork from Austin-born singer-songwriter/guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. is to hear how right Trout was; across the brilliant This Land the GRAMMY Award-winning artist proves the secret of keeping blues alive and relevant comes via stunning musical excellence and a forceful ability to tap into real world experience to keep it all real. The rousing title track that leads off the 17-track disc is aimed squarely at President Trump and modern-day racism as Clark sings "Fuck you, I'm America's son / This is where I come from," before reinforcing his resolve "This land is mine." The song's explosive finale features a mix of gospel vocals and fiery guitar work. Other songs extol a spirit of self-discovery (notably "I Walk Alone" and "Low Down Rolling Stone") that is never less than inspired. Elsewhere, Clark taps into more gentle regions of his world; the retro-styled soul gem "When I'm Gone" and beautiful R&B ballad "Pearl Cadillac" are among my favorites. It doesn't hurt that Clark can play his guitar as well as any blues rocker today and can sing with the force of Sam Cooke one moment and soulful grace of a young Al Green the next. Information:

Artist: Ted Russell Kamp
Title: Walkin' Shoes (PoMo Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Shooter Jennings
Tell me more: Listening to singer-songwriter Ted Russell Kamp's new LP Walkin' Shoes is to be swept up in the artist's life spent playing music and touring the world in search  and celebration  of the perfect show. The original songs splashed across the album capture the freewheeling lifestyle of a career musician. Tracks such as  "Home Away From Home," "Paid By the Mile," "This Old Guitar" and "Highway Whisper" evoke the reflective experience of life spent on the road. The rowdy countrified rocker "Tail Light Shine," yearning Americana ballad "Freeway Mona Lisa" and joyful Southern rocker "Roll On Through the Night" bolster the road-ready mindset chronicled on the terrific Walkin' Shoes. Kamp uses his wide range of bona fide talents on bass, guitar, keyboards, horns and percussion in support of his resonant baritone vocals on the outstanding 13-song release. Information:

Artist: Leroy Jodie Pierson
Title: Rusty Nail (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Son House
Tell me more: This week will see the release of a deluxe, expanded 30th anniversary reissue of blues master Leroy Jodie Pierson's 1988 Rusty Nail. Lovers of traditional Delta blues and modern Americana will all find reasons to love this outstanding disc, which features a mix of reworked classics and original material performed by Pierson, Geoffrey Sietz (drums, fiddle) and Russell Horneyer (bass). Among the great Pierson-penned cuts on the disc are the uptempo title track, slide guitar-adorned "Long Lonesome Road" and tradition-minded "Easy Rider." His approach in revisiting his own heroes' work reaches its wonderful zenith on versions of Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Highway 61" and "Write Me a Few Lines." Pierson's shining fretwork astounds on the instrumental "Mole's Moan." Among the previously-unreleased bonus tracks is a joyful take on Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock" and his own rockabilly-tinged standout "Far and Wide." Information:

Robert Kinsler