Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Friday, January 18, 2008

Album Review: ‘Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queen The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans.’

New Orleans boxset

Monday, November 08, 2004

Title: ‘The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans Rating: Great
Various Artists

You may still be mulling over election results but retailers are gearing up for the Christmas sales season. This is the time of year when the major labels release their “superstar” albums for the year and, of course, big beautiful boxsets with equally big price points.

Usually boxsets do not sell in the numbers that single disc albums do but are thrown at for serious fans. This year there have been two “great” boxset releases; ‘Five Guys Walk Into a Bar’ by one of rock’s best bands The Faces, and, ‘Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queen The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans.’

The New Orleans boxset is probably the coolest gift one could give to a serious music fan. Four discs, a great box, and a terrific book inside, this boxset gives the listener a comprehensive over-view of America’s premier music city. While other communities have an impressive history of great music, for me, New Orleans of the bedrock of “American” music. The so-called Big Easy is the home of jazz, a heavy contender for rhythm & soul base, and certainly the town that birthed funk. By mixing music & culture, food & entertainment, and a sense of the mystical New Orleans music has given the town a swagger that other communities can’t mimic.

Each disc takes the listeners down a unique route. There will be well known names such as Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Louis Armstrong & Pete Fountain. There are also less known but equally brilliant tracks by acts that deserve to be known like; Walter Wolfman Washington, Sonny Landreth, Henry Butler, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The book, 84 pages long, includes sensational photographs, excellent sidebar graphics, and well written narratives that help the reader understand the history of this city and how it’s inhabitants blended together numerous cultures to create a bizarre but beautiful community. This boxset is an absolutely brilliant introductory to some of America’s best music and the listener’s interest will be warmly rewarded.

This is the perfect Holiday gift whether its for you or someone you know that loves great music. So yes, we're talking about Christmas here but don't let that slow you down, this is great music in a great package that you can listen to all year around.

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