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

 

 

 

 

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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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