Bentley's Bandstand: V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley, Stone River Boys, Trombone Shorty

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BY BILL BENTLEY V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley, Sleepless Nights, World Village Records It may have been said many years ago, but it is still true: music is the healing force. There is nothing like it for moving through our … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Shelby Lynne, Moby Grape, Lay Low

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BY BILL BENTLEY Shelby Lynne, Tears, Lies And Alibis, Everso Records When you want to get the job done, to really nail it to the wall so there will never be a chance it has to be redone, bring in the pro. Someone who’s been … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Susan Cowsill, The Nels Cline Singers, Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

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BY BILL BENTLEY Susan Cowsill, Lighthouse, Threadhead Records If you truly love New Orleans, it's like being seduced by another person. The way the colorful characters there exist in their own world, the trees are ancient and … [Read more...]

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: Susan Marshall, David Byrne, Powell St. John

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BY BILL BENTLEY Susan Marshall, Little Red, Madjack Records There is an air of seductive danger running all through this album. It makes itself felt on the very first song, "Going to Town," written by Greg Dulli, a man not known for timid … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Ray Charles, Magnolia Memoir, Ronnie Earl

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BY BILL BENTLEY Ray Charles, A Message From The People, Concord Records 1972 was pretty rough sledding in America, especially for the have-nots and those needing some help. President Richard Nixon was re-elected, Vietnam was still roaring full-tilt … [Read more...]