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Author Archives: Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.

Music Review: Bob Margolin – ‘My Road’

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This album is as colorful and varied as Margolin's life as a musician has been and, for the listener, it is a road well worth sharing. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘The Classic ’80s Christmas Album’

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Not every song is a gem, but the ones that are gems are so good that this album is a must-have. Read More »

Music Review: Randall Bramblett – ‘Devil Music’

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This is music for people who like to think, and it delves the dark side of life and emotion with amazing musicianship and skill. Read More »

Music Review: Sarah McLachlan – ‘The Classic Christmas Album’

sarah mclachlan christmas album

This is a perfect album for the softer, quieter moments of the Christmas season. Read More »

Book review: ‘Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music’ by Todd Mouton

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Reading "Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music" by Todd Morton is the next best thing to taking a trip to the state and visiting the clubs and fais-do-do's yourself. Read More »

Music Review: Earth, Wind and Fire – ‘The Classic Christmas Album’

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This CD is a bit uneven, but it is an entertaining way to put some funk in your Christmas listening. Read More »

Music Review: The Reverend Shawn Amos – ‘The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You’

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The Reverend Shawn Amos surely delivers the blues and lifts up and nourishes the soul. This is a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable album that belongs i n your collection of contemporary blues. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘A Blues Christmas’


Who needs a silent night? Get 'A Blues Christmas' and get ready to have a blast, Alligator style! Read More »

Music Review: Essential Voices USA – ‘Holiday Harmonies – Songs of Christmas’


This release is the perfect gift for lovers of choral music and is as warm and rich as a cup of hot chocolate. Read More »

DVD Review: Rage Against the Machine – ‘Live at Finsbury Park’

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This is an absolutely top-notch concert DVD and an absolute must for any fan of the band. Read More »