Articles By: Jordan Cissell

Leon Russell’s perfect croak worth the journey

Don’t worry – age hasn’t improved Leon Russell’s voice one bit. On new record “Life Journey” – his 37th solo studio effort, not to mention the hundreds of other artists’ albums on which he’s appeared as a session man – Leon’s idiosyncratic rasp slurs with all the reckless abandon and gravelly assertion of his early-1970s heyday. It’s never pretty, but […]

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Dental technician produces album 44 years after 1st record

Forty-four years ago, a lady from Los Angeles you’ve probably never heard of released a record called “Parallelograms.” It was at once mellow but vivacious, pastoral but worldly. The album sold incredibly poorly, so the lady decided to call it quits and return to her day job as a dental technician. But over the past four decades, “Parallelograms” has slowly […]

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Hard Working Americans create solid album of alt-country covers

“All I wanna do is stomp and holler.” And, apparently, shove out loud guitar licks, beat the drums ‘til they’re blue, and let your fingers and thumbs dance across the keyboard like the main stage at the county fair. The lyric (from the song “Stomp and Holler”) pretty much sums up Hard Working Americans’ philosophy in making their self-titled debut. […]

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Springsteen’s upcoming release continues heartfelt rock style

The cover of Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming Jan. 14 release, “High Hopes,” prominently features two not-quite-mirror-image The Bosses, each clad completely in denim and wielding a blurry Stratocaster, each a faded, out-of-focus specter. It’s fitting packaging for an album chock-full of ghosts. Most of the tracks are reworked versions of ideas that didn’t quite make the cut for past Springsteen records […]

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The profit of the process

The profit of the process

Robert Witt and Paul Finebaum agree: Not all assets are a dab of ink on the balance sheet. One of them carries a whistle and wears a big straw hat to practice each day. “Nick Saban is the best financial investment that this University has ever made,” University of Alabama System Chancellor Robert Witt said in an interview for a […]

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