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 June 9, 2005

What's On @ PS Blues 06092005Thursday, June 09, 2005
What’s On at Pacific Street Blues – Vol# 6

Artist: Lucinda Williams
Title: Live @ The Fillmore
Rating: Very Good

Lost Highway is a bona fide roots rock label that, generally, puts out albums of substance. Since her early days Lucinda Williams has been a darling of the critics. Her rough and tumble mix of Tom Petty meets Keith Richards brand of Americana roots rock is full of depth, texture and anguish. While we’ve long been ‘dating’ I never really hooked up completely with her music: especially after her clunker, ‘World Without Tears.’ Live at the Fillmore is pure redemption. Her songs seem to blossom completely with her bar-nag vocals fitting the underside of life that her songs so often portray. The only track that could be misconstrued as a hit is, Righteously’ and only the brave would approach this album one song at a time – rather it needs to be approached as a complete work of art. Over time this album will continue to unfold such that a heavy music fan will ‘get it’ while a more casual listener will wonder what they were drinking when they bought this thing!

rtist: Entrance
Title: Wandering Stranger
Rating: Niche

Upon first listen this album could easily be mistaken for an arrogant ‘day tripper’ by a lost indie-shoe-starer (a/k/a Creeker) with a desire to develop credibility by recording a rootsy blend of America mountain music and Led-Zeppelin-folk. The band consists of Guy Blakeslee on guitar & vocals, Paz Lenchartim on Keys & Fiddle (FIDDLE!), and Tommy Rouse on Drums & driver. Blakeslee walks a thin line between an absolutely brilliant aping of Robert Plant and complete hogwash…and yet deep inside there’s an intangible quality that brings me back repeatedly. The more I listen the more I am compelled to their music. I can’t see any commercial appeal with this music but, gosh, it’s really interesting and certainly breaks out of the trite hipness of the singer/songwriter category.

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