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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: Boz Scaggs – ‘A Fool To Care’

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Boz Scaggs is as soulful as ever on this flawless and seemingly effortless new release. Read More »

Music Review: Dion – ‘Recorded Live at the Bitter End, August 1971′

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This live recording caught Dion at the height of his skill as an acoustic singer-songwriter who defined "hip" for his fans. Read More »

Music Review: Van Morrison – ‘Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue’

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This re-working of Van Morrison songs as duets with famous friends is loose, relaxed, and a joy to hear. Read More »

Music Review: Steve Earle & The Dukes – ‘Terraplane’

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Steve Earle proves that he can sing the blues as well as he can handle country music. Read More »

Music Review: Bob Marley and The Wailers – ‘Easy Skanking in Boston ’78’ [Audio CD]

bob marley

Bob Marley and The Wailers conspire and invigorate listeners just as much now as they did when this music was first performed. Read More »

Music Review: Sam Morrow – ‘Ephemeral’

Sam Morrow

This is the debut album of a young singer/songwriter with an "old soul" and a riveting sound. Read More »

Music Review: Camper Van Beethoven – ‘New Roman Times’ [Deluxe Edition]

Camper Van Beethoven

This re-release shows Camper Van Beethoven at their best as a talented, sometimes wacky and always unpredictable band. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ’40 Below Records & Friends Vol. 1′ (Including KaiL Baxley, John Mayall, & Walter Trout)

40 Below Records

This sampler introduces an eclectic group of rock, blues and Americana artists, Read More »

Music Review: Tinsley Ellis – ‘Tough Love’


Tinsley Ellis has been making outstanding music since his teens, and has been loved by legions of fans for many years now. Tough Love is his third release on his own Heartfixer Music label, following the brilliant Midnight Blue. That album should have been hard to match, but Tough Love has done it. This one is indeed often tough and ... Read More »

Music Review: Rhiannon Giddens – ‘Tomorrow Is My Turn’

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This is a strong and powerful album that captures a wide range of feelings and will be very satisfying to any listener. Read More »