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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: 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


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


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 »

Book Review: ‘Southern Cross, Volume 1′ by Dorvall and Philip Renne

CSA Confederate States of America

This graphic novel is a beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking alternative history of the Civil War. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Dark Aemelia’ by Sally O’Reilly


This dark and riveting tale of love, witchcraft and passion brings the Elizabethan age to vivid life. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Haunted History of New Orleans: Ghosts of the French Quarter’ by James Caskey


This book presents a great blend of fact, fiction, and ghostly activity, along with a loving view of New Orleans as the extraordinary city it is. Read More »