Forecastle Wrap-Up Reviews

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Jul 162013

J. L. Puckett at the C-J offered his take on Forecastle in today’s (7/16) issue.
Rachel Haas and Lori Keong at Paste Magazine have a Day 3 review up, with a gallery of photos by Julia Rickles and Haley O’Brian.
Adam Gold at Rolling Stone reviewed The Black Keys and others at Forecastle.
Elsewhere in the Louisville blogosphere:
Hoosier HitsBraden Lammers has reviews of Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3

Rusted Root at Diamond Pub

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Jul 092013

The crowd and band were in synch when Rusted Root played the Diamond Pub on June 13. The last time I saw them was at Bellarmine, back in 1996 and I hadn’t been keeping up with the band. More’s the pity, as their spirited music is unlike that of most bands. There might be a touch of Santana in the percussion, and of vintage Jefferson Airplane in the harmony vocals and lead guitar, but the end result is Rusted Root music. Highlights of the almost two hour concert included “Cat Turned Blue” and the anthemic “Send Me on My Way.” One of their songs that made it to local radio back when, “Welcome to My Party” was great fun as well. The band has a new album, The Movement, which includes many of the songs played here, including the fun “Monkey Pants.” I didn’t see any tapers, but Rusted Root does have a number of concerts available for download at

Jimi Hendrix : People, Hell & Angels (Columbia/Legacy,,

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Mar 122013
Jimi Hendrix People, Hell & Angels

Jimi Hendrix : People, Hell & Angels (Columbia/Legacy,,
By Martin Z. Kasdan Jr

After the release of Valleys of Neptune and West Coast Seattle Boy, the Hendrix fan might well view another album of previously unreleased material with a certain cynicism. However, People, Hell & Angels does provide a series of audio snapshots of the creative arc Hendrix was pursuing in the studio following his breakup of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. While it boasts twelve unreleased recordings, many are songs familiar to the fan, although in different versions. One of the more interesting is the opening “Earth Blues,” featuring Hendrix with just Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. The lesser known “Somewhere” is next, with Miles and Stephen Stills on bass. Two more staples of the live repertoire follow, “Hear My Train A Comin'” and “Bleeding Heart,” which demonstrate how Hendrix enlarged the language of the blues. What comes next is more unique, “Soul Food,” a fast-paced, funky tune featuring saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. Skipping over alternate versions of other well-known pieces, another unusual piece is “Mojo Man,” with the Ghetto Fighters, Albert and Arthur Allen. In short, there is plenty of intriguing music here.