Bentley’s Bandstand: Waylon Jennings, Jason Yates, Arthur Adams

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BY BILL BENTLEY Waylon Jennings, Folk Country-Waylon Sings Ol' Harlan, Collectors' Choice Music Waylon Jennings wasn't an outlaw, he was an original. He looked at life from the outside and didn't bother to try and figure out … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Luther Dickinson & Sons of Mudboy, Shelly King, Animal Collective

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BY BILL BENTLEY Luther Dickinson & Sons of Mudboy, Oneward And Upward, Memphis International Records New Years is a good day to think about death, because it is also a prime time of new beginnings. It is a chance to look at the world with fresh … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: My Ten Favorite Albums of 2009

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BY BILL BENTLEY The idea of making a list of the year’s best albums is always an exciting prospect, even if everyone’s taste is so subjective it should really be called their favorite albums of the year. There is no way to listen to even a … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Mike Zito, Louie and the Lovers, Ray Davies

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BY BILL BENTLEY Mike Zito, Pearl River, EclectoGroove Records The musicians who know how to take things to the river are the ones to keep your ears on. Mike Zito’s sophomore album has an edge to it not many blues-based players know how to find. He … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Skip Heller, Miranda Lambert, Fats Domino

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BY BILL BENTLEY Skip Heller, The Long Way Home, SHR There are musicians who are often seen as the utility players, the ones others turn to when they need the kind of support that cannot miss. Whether they’re guitarists who always pull out the … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: The Village, Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce, Katrina Train

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BY BILL BENTLEY Various Artists, The Village, 429 Records To find the spiritual center of New York City, head for Washington Square in Greenwich Village. There is an air of everythingness in the big park, that anything can happen and no one will be … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Long John Hunter, Frank Fairfield, Ben Miller

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BY BILL BENTLEY Long John Hunter, Looking For A Party, Blues Express Records Best blues album of the year, hands down. Long John Hunter has honed his music over tens of thousands of nights starting in the early ‘50s, and taken a serpentine route … [Read more...]

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...]