Bentley's Bandstand: Bodeans, Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps

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BY BILL BENTLEY Bodeans, Mr. Sad Clown, 429 Records In the mid-'80s there were very few American bands that had as promising a road in front of them as the Bodeans. Their debut album, produced by T Bone Burnett, had the … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Johnny Winter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Meklit Hadero

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BY BILL BENTLEY Johnny Winter, Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70, Collector's Choice Music There aren't many longer or stranger trips in music than Johnny Winter's. He began playing guitar very young, growing up near the Texas … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, David Ball

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BY BILL BENTLEY The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, 7th Heaven: Music Of The Spheres, Charly Records More than a band, the Thirteenth Floor Elevators were musicians on a mission, which was basically to save mankind through the … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, Tindersticks, Benjy Davis Project

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BY BILL BENTLEY Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, It's Not As Bad As It Looks, Freedom Records Rock & roll promised to save our souls, but a not so funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. The people who ran … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Patsy Cline, John Pizzarelli

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BY BILL BENTLEY Patsy Cline, Sweet Dreams: The Complete Decca Masters 1960-1963, Hip-O Select Records Lock up all the firearms in the house, hide the sleeping pills, cut up the ropes, throw away the knives and razor blades and … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: John Hiatt, Texas Tornados, Lightspeed Champion

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BY BILL BENTLEY John Hiatt, The Open Road, New West Records In the golden realm of modern songwriters, John Hiatt surely sits in the inner sanctum. His work defies the odds, with every album containing gems that can bring us … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Giuseppi Logan Quintet, Kelly Ryan

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BY BILL BENTLEY Carolina Chocolate Drops, Genuine Negro Jig, Nonesuch Records For those who are fans of deep folk music from the 1930s, the Carolina Chocolate Drops might be déjà vu in an almost mind-warping way. These young … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Soul Jazz Orchestra, Marley’s Ghost, Re-Delux

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BY BILL BENTLEY Soul Jazz Orchestra, Rising Sun, Strut Records When groups work like crazy, playing live shows constantly, rehearsing because they love the joy of creating and camaraderie combined, writing original songs that … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Tim Buckley, Gil Scott-Heron, Galactic

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BY BILL BENTLEY Tim Buckley, Live At The Folklore Center, NYC - March 6, 1967, Tompkins Square Records When a young Tim Buckley taped these 16 songs on a reel-to-reel tape recorder during the spring of 1967, he had already … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: The Sojourners, Corinne Baily Rae

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BY BILL BENTLEY The Sojourners, The Sojourners, Black Hen Music Gospel music will always shine. A centerpiece of American sounds, it carries the ability to inspire all those within its sweep. Even for listeners beyond the … [Read more...]