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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: Eric Bibb – ‘Blues People’

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Bibb combines social activism with excellent musicianship and is joined by a fantastic group of friends to explore African-American history and promote Civil Rights. Read More »

Music Review: Liz Mandeville – ‘Heart ‘o’ Chicago’

Liz Mandeville

Liz Mandeville takes us on a trip through Chigaco blues and R&B with 11 original numbers that sound vintage. Read More »

Music Review: kettles/eno – ‘The Jake Leg Chronicles’

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Get ready for an intense ride through both the dark and the light side of Southern culture with Steed Kettles and Jeff Eno. Read More »

Music Review: Lost Bayou Ramblers – ‘Gasa Gasa Live’


The Lost Bayou Ramblers offer high-energy "Cajun punk" on this new release. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt (Volume 1)’ by Bobby Nash

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Get ready for a wild ride as Alexandra Holzer takes on The Wild Hunt in this short, fast-paced paranormal adventure. Read More »

Music Review: Seven Handle Circus – ‘Shadows on the Wall’

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This is a captivating release, full of rousing folk rock music and soaring harmonies. Read More »

Music Review: Marc Broussard – ‘A Life Worth Living’

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Broussard provides open, honest and catchy tunes for a deeply satisfying release. Read More »

Music Review: The Howlin’ Brothers – ‘Trouble’

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The Howlin' Brothers represent the best of contemporary Americana with this latest release, which is out on Brendan Benson's Readymade Records imprint. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Charleston’s Ghosts: Hauntings in the Holy City’ by James Caskey

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Caskey reveals the truth of the haunted legends and places of charming Charleston, SC. Read More »

Music Review: Marcia Ball – ‘The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man’

The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man

Marcia Ball delivers a soulful and invigorating Gulf Coast party with this CD. Read More »