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Oxford American: South Carolina

By |November 17th, 2019|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

Well, eclectic music fans, if it is close to winter, it is time again for the next (and this year, the 21st annual) music edition from our friends at the Oxford American magazine, out of Little Rock Arkansas and in alliance with the University of Central Arkansas. This year’s compilation - as is their recent practice - focuses on music, musicians [...]

Soul of A Nation 2 : Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher

By |March 21st, 2019|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

The thoughtful people at SoulJazz Records in London England have done it again. Their latest compilation “Soul of A Nation 2” is one of the deepest and most powerful compilations to come our way in many years, and is even stronger than the first volume from 2018. These compilations were chosen to provide a musical companion piece for an art [...]

Dennis Coffey “One Night at Morey’s: 1968” + Delvon Lamarr Trio “Live at KEXP”

By |October 31st, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

If you are at all like me, you might have felt that after hearing artists like Booker T & the Mgs, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, and Larry Young for years, there wasn't much still to discover from an organ /guitar / drums trio. Well here are two recent releases – recorded close to 50 years (!!!) apart – that have [...]

Orkestar Kriminal “Ryobra”

By |October 31st, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

This CD is a recent release by a wild and crazy Montreal-based folk punk group, that I learned about from our local musical-literary-theatrical-comedic-social justice guru Geoff Berner. Their music harkens back to the underground cultures of Eastern Europe between WW1 and WW2 and mixes Klezmer, Rebetika, Romani, and other folk dance music traditions. Their main power comes from a dynamic [...]

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – “An Angel Fell”

By |October 1st, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

Chicago has been the birthplace of so much crucial music that it deserves to be treated with the same respect we give to New Orleans, as a wellspring of those diverse unique voices that could only be American. I now realize that the ranks of people quintessential to this music includes (multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, tap dancer, director, etc !!!) Idris [...]


In-Store: Jim Campilongo & Luca Benedetti SUN FEB 17th 2pm

By |February 10th, 2019|In-store performances, News|

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17th 2pm Pleased to invite you to another in-store in conjunction with @blueshoreatcapu : Sunday Feb 17th @ 2pm @jimcampilongo & @lucabenedetti_gtr guitar duo preview of their show that night @roguefolkclub

Derek Gripper: Live In-Store Sat. Jan 26 – 2pm

By |January 23rd, 2019|In-store performances, News|

So pleased to welcome back the amazing guitarist Derek Gripper. Join us on Saturday at 2pm sharp for a lovely free preview of his St James Hall performance. Below is a clip from his last visit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkVzlOtEOUc