Bentley's Bandstand: The City Champs, The Set-Up

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BY BILL BENTLEY The City Champs, The Set-Up. Electraphonic Records Hammond organs are a most interesting instrument. For some, they are the ultimate in creating bodacious sounds. They can almost be cosmic in the notes that pour from those … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Paul Oscher, Bet On The Blues

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BY BILL BENTLEY Paul Oscher, Bet On The Blues, Blues Fidelity Records The holidays go with the blues. There is something about the way loneliness swirls around these supposed good times that makes this music come alive, bringing out the sad sting … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Karen Elson, The Ghost Who Walks

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BY BILL BENTLEY Karen Elson, The Ghost Who Walks, Third Man Records Another album that remained fairly undercover since its release earlier this year, and it's not easy to understand why. Karen Elson sounds like someone who may have been raised by … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Pills And Ammo

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BY BILL BENTLEY Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Pills And Ammo, Freeworld Records There is no greater contender than Southside Johnny. Even if he's worked somewhat in the shadow of Bruce Springsteen the past 35 years, the New Jersey soul man … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Mike Stinson, Jukebox in Your Heart

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BY BILL BENTLEY Mike Stinson, The Jukebox In Your Heart, Stag Records There aren't that many country singers who relocate to Houston from Los Angeles as a career move. Then there aren't that many country singers as great as Mike Stinson right now. … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Black Dub

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BY BILL BENTLEY Black Dub, Jive Records It's absolutely right that this album starts with a drum roll, because the mojo of Black Dub's music starts down in its surrealistic beat. There is something so sweetly rhythmic about everything the quartet … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: The Morlocks

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BY BILL BENTLEY The Morlocks, Play Chess, Popantipop Records Blues-rock is a many-headed beast. On one hand, it's all boogie and sweat like Canned Heat and J. Geils Band were when they began. On the other, it can be much more nuanced and inward, … [Read more...]

Bentley’s Bandstand: Treme : Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 1

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BY BILL BENTLEY Various Artists ,Treme : Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 1, Geffen Records Funkier than sin, and just as much fun--that’s New Orleans’ music. This totally knocked-out album of songs from the soul-popping television … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: The Black Angels, Phosphene Dream

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BY BILL BENTLEY The Black Angels, Phosphene Dream, Blue Horizon Records Right down to the same type font as the back of the 13th Floor Elevators' debut album, the Black Angels bask in the eternal glow of that pioneering psychedelic band's early … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Riley, Grandma's Roadhouse

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BY BILL BENTLEY Riley, Grandma's Roadhouse,Delmore Recording Society Southern rock is a many-headed wonder. Like psychedelic music, it is almost impossible to define, and instead better refers to the area where the bands are born. But since the … [Read more...]