Murder Ballads by Anthony Ladesich

Anthony Ladesich by Jill Toyoshiba, The Kansas City Star Read more here: As I pointed out in my first post this week, Anthony Ladesich is not only a filmmaker but as musician as well.  And it turns out, he likes to write – or, perhaps more accurately – often … → read more


Maria Kalaniemi and Timo Alakotila: Akero

        MARIA KALANIEMI and TIMO ALAKOTILA Åkerö Åkerö 11   Though Finnish master musicians Maria Kalaniemi and Timo Alakotila both play in many bands, something remarkable happens when they strip the music down to duets. The chemistry between the two emerges, creating a sound that is … → read more


Sugar Ray Norcia: Evening

        SUGAR RAY NORCIA & THE BLUE TONES Evening Severn   This is blues harmonica ace, singer and songwriter Norcia’s fifth musical foray for Severn and, to these ears, they just keep getting better. With his accomplished Tones (“Monster” Mike Welch, Michael “Mudcat” Ward, Neil Gouvin … → read more

“Two Sisters” at the Movies, with Anthony Ladesich

When is a murder ballad high art?  Certainly when filmmaker and musician Anthony Ladesich and his creative compatriots get hold of it. Ladesich was kind enough to speak with me at length about a wonderful film project that he brought to fruition in 2011 with the help of a highly … → read more

THE ATOMIC DUO: Broadsides

The Atomic Duo: Broadsides

        THE ATOMIC DUO Broadsides The Atomic Duo   The Atomic Duo are Silas Lowe and Mark Rubin. They hail from Austin Texas and you may recognize Mark as a co-founder of the band The Bad Livers. Broadsides is a very appropriate title for this collection … → read more

HANK WILLIAMS: The Legend Begins

      HANK WILLIAMS The Legend Begins:    Rare and Unreleased Recordings TimeLife 26414D   A terrific set of hard-to-find, material from one of the undisputed masters of the early days of country music. The first two discs offer clear remasterings of his eight previously out-of-print 15-minute … → read more

On the flip side

Molly Ringwald OK, admit it.  After the last post, this is not the face you were expecting to see in our next installment.  But, if you were the Psychedelic Furs, what better song to be the B-side of “Pretty in Pink” (Spotify and YouTube), than “Mack the Knife”?  Give a listen, … → read more