Bentley's Bandstand / Haiku Reviews: Best of 2018 (First Half)

July 21, 2018


Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lubbock to Downey 

Electric dustbowls 

To Disneyland and beyond 

Two troubadours soar 








Nicki Bluhm, To Rise You Gotta Fall 

San Francisco fine 

From Market Street to Marin 

Bloom becomes a rose 








David Byrne, American Utopia 

After the river 

Into the great wild open 

With dancing shoes on 








Joachim Cooder, Fuchsia Machu Picu 

Playing magic box 

Tall and strong and full of fire 

The eternal lives 









Ry Cooder, The Prodigal Son 

Music wanderer 

With a leopard-skin pick-guard 

Sings endless soul strings 








Lamont Dozier, Reimagination 

Motown song wizard 

Paving the yellow brick road 

Up mountain of soul 








Beth McKee, Dreamwood Acres 

Southern singer shines 

By the Mason-Dixon line 

Bigger times ahead 







John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness 

Wizened words of life 

No punches pulled day or night 

Prine's spine is still iron 







Sons of Kemet, Your Queen is a Reptile 

Juju brass attack 

From the land of the Zulu 

In new London town 







Walter Wolfman Washington 

Medallion Lounge nights 

Born of Claiborne and Orleans 

The Wolf reigns supreme 






Reissue of the Year: 



Ella Fitzgerald, Ella at Zardi's 

The voice of heaven 

From the jazz lady supreme 

Hollywood and Vine







Bill Bentley © 2018


Bill Bentley was the music writer and typesetter for the original Austin Sun. His book SMITHSONIAN ROCK & ROLL: LIVE AND UNSEEN was published by Smithsonian Books, October 2017.


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