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Happiness Is… Peanuts + Vince Guaraldi Trio (‘Peanuts Greatest Hits’)

With Charles Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’ specials, the San Francisco jazz club vibe of Vince Guaraldi became the sound for generations of sophisticated, little TV viewers who contemplated and aspired to answer life’s big questions. In the 1960s and 70s, Guaraldi’s music … read more »

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New Blues/Rock: Lazer Lloyd

Lazer Lloyd — ‘Lazer Lloyd’ Label: Lots of Love Records American singer/songwriter/guitarist Lazer Lloyd is one of the best-known blues musicians in Israel. He got there by promoting the blues in the Middle East, where audiences aren’t as familiar with … read more »

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New Country: Alan Jackson – ‘Angels And Alcohol’

Alan Jackson – ‘Angels And Alcohol’ Label: EMI Nashville Who’s the most straightforward, get-to-the-point country artist around? Alan Jackson, of course. His new album, Angels and Alcohol, is more proof of why the guy with perhaps the world’s most trust-worthy … read more »

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Wanna Appear In The Next Steep Canyon Rangers Video?

The Steep Canyon Rangers’ next album, titled ‘Radio,’ will be released on August 28, 2015. You cn pre-order it at iTunes by clicking here. ParcBench just received this from the Steep Canyon Rangers… From Asheville, North Carolina, Steep Canyon Rangers … read more »

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CHASE RICE TO HEADLINE THIS FALL; THE CADILLAC THREE TAPPED TO JOIN

Columbia Records Nashville recording artist Chase Rice has been touring steadily for the last five years–building a strong following, city-by-city in the flyover, but this year he has sharpened his skills as a performer after watching 8-time Entertainer of the … read more »

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New Country: Smith & Wesley – ‘Choices & Chances’

Smith & Wesley – ‘Choices & Chances’ Label: Garage Door Records Choices & Chances is the debut album from Smith & Wesley. The pair of brothers (Scott and Todd Smith) make music that blends all the best of rural music, … read more »

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New Blues: Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – ‘Father’s Day’

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – ‘Father’s Day’ Blues guitar great Ronnie Earl’s latest release — “Father’s Day” — is a tribute to the forefathers of the blues, while also letting Earl pay tribute to his own father. Earl’s consummate … read more »

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In Appreciation of Alex Boyd’s Music

On his Twitter page, I came across the following message from the sophisticated singer: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” No … read more »

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New Jazz/Blues: Jeff Healey – ‘Best Of The Stony Plain Years’

Jeff Healey – ‘Best Of The Stony Plain Years’ Label: Stony Plain Records The cover of this CD shows Jeff Healey in a state of ecstasy as he plays his guitar and that is bound to be this album’s effect … read more »

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The Best Country Album of 2015 So Far: Chris Stapleton’s ‘Traveller’

Chris Stapleton – Traveller Label: Mercury Nashville It’s the debut country album of the year. It is that good. Chris Stapleton’s album, Traveller, is one of those moments that solidifies the musical foundation that country music shakily rests on. With … read more »

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