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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: The Levon Helm Band – ‘The Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol. 3′

Helm in 2007, Photo: Daniel Arnold

Tremendous live performances from Levon Helm's famous Midnight Rambles at his Woodstock estate from 2005-2010. Read More »

Music Review: Kenny Wayne Shepherd – ‘Goin’ Home’

Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Goin' Home

This album is an exhilarating celebration of electric blues. Read More »

Music Review: Janiva Magness – ‘Original’

Janiva Magness

Magness shares her great blues voice and her enormous soul on this newest and most personal CD. Read More »

Music Review: Rick Estrin and The Nightcats: ‘You Asked for It…Live!’

Rick Estrin

Estrin and his Nightcats deliver jivey, snappy blues live and ensure a fun time for all. Read More »

Music Review: The Jeff Jensen Band – ‘Road Worn and Ragged’

Jeff Jensen Road Worn and Ragged

This is an honest, tight and thoroughly enjoyable excursion into contemporary blues. Read More »

Concert Review: Sirens on the Mountain Festival – Boone, NC, June 21, 2014

Sirens on the Mountain

The festival provided a joyous, uplifting celebration of women in music. Read More »

Music Review: Too Slim and The Taildraggers – ‘Anthology’ [2-CD Set]

Photo from Blind Raccoon Records

This CD features the best of Too Slim and The Taildraggers over 28 years of blues and blues rock. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Hot Lead, Cold Iron’ by Ari Marmell

hotleadcoldsteel

A fun trip into urban fantasy with a private detective who just happens to pack a wand. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Mimi Malloy At Last’ by Julia MacDonnell

mimi

A fascinating tale of loss and redemption, horror and love, and coming of age no matter how old you are. Read More »

Music Review: Little Feat – ‘Live in Holland 1976′ [CD+DVD]

Little Feat

Eagle Rock gives us a great opportunity to travel back to the glory days of Little Feat on CD and DVD. Read More »