Bentley’s Bandstand: Rosie Flores, Grant-Lee Phillips, Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo & Taj Mahal

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BY BILL BENTLEY Rosie Flores, Girl Of The Century, Bloodshot Records This musician, once a rockabilly she-devil in the Screaming Sirens during the mid-‘80s, has circled the stylistic globe and continues to cause constant surprise among her legion … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Robert Francis, Devendra Banhart, Darrell Nulisch

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BY BILL BENTLEY Robert Francis, Before Nightfall, Atlantic Records This is the story of an incredibly talented young singer-songwriter and his hometown of Los Angeles. It includes growing up sideways, love affairs, losing the way, finding it, … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Walter Trout, Avett Brothers, Hi-Nobles

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BY BILL BENTLEY Walter Trout Unspoiled By Progress Provogue Records Walter Trout is a working bluesman. He’s played with an endless list of other musicians, including years with John Mayall, as well as long fronting a ruthless group of his own. … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Johnny Adams, Kurt Elling, Lissa Hattersley

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BY BILL BENTLEY         Johnny Adams, The Great Johnny Adams Jazz Album, Rounder Records The Crescent City's hidden musical treasure, the man none other than Dr. John once called "the greatest soul singer out of New Orleans ever," never … [Read more...]