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

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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