Bentley's Bandstand: Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tell Me

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BY BILL BENTLEY Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tell Me, Nonesuch Records This is a singer-songwriter who has been ready to explode for a few years. And while Tell Me isn't Jessica Lea Mayfield's first album, it's the one that makes the time right for her … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Mamadou Diabate, Courage

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BY BILL BENTLEY Mamadou Diabate, Courage, World Village Records. African music comes in all shapes and sizes, and it's easy to get lost in the different sounds. That is a good thing because musical discovery is all about those journeys into unknown … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Middle Brother

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BY BILL BENTLEY Middle Brother, Partisan Records The music business can be a grueling pressure cooker, no matter what level you're on. A band that gets together because of a common love of music and desire to be as creative as possible often finds … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Exene Cervenka, The Excitement of Maybe

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BY BILL BENTLEY Exene Cervenka, The Excitement Of Maybe, Bloodshot Records. Sometimes maybe has to be sufficient. At those moments when there doesn't seem much difference between going backward or forward and whatever happens has to be good enough, … [Read more...]

BENTLEY'S BANDSTAND: Gurf Morlix, Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream

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BY BILL BENTLEY Gurf Morlix, Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream, Rootball Records For those who worship at the altar of Blaze Foley's songs, there can be no substitute. Foley was a hard liver you never forgot once you'd crossed paths. He was the kind of … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Dennis Taylor, Steppin' Up

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BY BILL BENTLEY Dennis Taylor, Steppin' Up, Kizybosh Records Saxophone players are often like a football team's lonesome end. They are slightly outside the inner circle of guitarists, rhythm section and singer, but expected to jump into the fire at … [Read more...]

BENTLEY'S BANDSTAND: Amos Lee, Mission Bell, Blue Note Records

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BY BILL BENTLEY Amos Lee, Mission Bell, Blue Note Records Hope springs everywhere. With all the battering the music business has taken in the past few years, an artist like Amos Lee stands like a lighthouse. Maybe because he stays away from the … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Pete Anderson, Even Things Up

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BY BILL BENTLEY Pete Anderson, Even Things Up, Little Dog Records This man is a gangster of guitar. There is nothing he can't do on that wondrous six-stringed instrument, and if you follow Pete Anderson's entire career, it's head-shaking just how … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Various Artists, Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads & Beyond

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BY BILL BENTLEY Various Artists, Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads, & Beyond, Arhoolie Records There are heroes in the American music business that will never really be known outside a core of the committed. These people started small labels to … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues

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BY BILL BENTLEY Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues, Rounder Records Over 30 years ago, musician Jimmie Vaughan made one of the most astute comments regarding blues when he said, "You either love it or you don't like it at all." Speak to any true blues … [Read more...]