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/

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What's On Serial April 20th 2005

What's On @ PS Blues 05202005Wednesday, April 20, 2005
What’s “on” at Pacific Street Blues?
Vol. 3

Artist: Marcia Ball
Title: Live! Down the Road
Rating: Good

Like many blues progenitors, Marci Ball has her style and she does it very well. If it’s a style that you appreciate then having Ball’s live interpretations of these songs is something you’re going to appreciate. However, if you’re not already a fan then this album is an average outing that will sell well off the stage and poorly in the stores. Let’s not beat around the bush, Ball is quite good and very entertaining live: a charming stylist with a smokin’ band. That said, this effort breaks no new ground and while fans will adore the effort, others will quickly forget it ever came out. Plan on hearing, ‘Down the Road’ for a few months on KIWR’s Pacific Street Blues and make your own decision.

Artist: Jimmy Thackery
Title: Healin’ Ground
Rating: Good

With the release of his umpteenth solo album Jimmy Thackery has his niche in the blues world well carved. A canny good guitar player that can stoke a hot riff I lump Thackery a bit lower down the totem pole of uninspired players along with; B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Jonny Lang. Thackery’s live shows have devolved into rote-recall of distant songs with dull edges and well anchored safety nets. In the past decade he’s moved from a red-hot dynamo as heard on, ‘Empty Arms Motel’ to, well, just another act passing through town eeking out an existence. His latest album, ‘Healin’ Ground’ will get the airplay it deserves (because that’s what people want to hear) but count on this piece passing through the night quickly. I guess I am incredibly disappointed in his vocal performance and, based upon that apparent lack of effort, can’t get past it. Sorry fans. Sorry Jimmy.

Artist: Robbie Fulks
Title: Georgia Hard
Rating: Very Good

A known name that I know little about, Fulks latest effort, ‘Georgia Hard’ is a very good country roots album that is left of Lyle Lovett & George Strait and pushing hard up against Merle Haggard. Fulks’ ability to write a good song and get it recorded with a fresh, inspired sound makes this album unfold nicely. While the songs stall amid this 15 song album (tracks 6, 7, & 8) things quickly rev back up. Once again Fulks’ effort is punished by trying to make too long of an album. As you’ve all heard me rant before, no artist, NO ARTIST, can sustain a career spanning numerous albums that requires an artistic vision the equilivent of double vinyl album release every time. So tune into KIWR’s Pacific Street Blues to hear this album over the next few months and, once again, you decide!

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