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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: Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Playhouse Revue – ‘A New Orleans Creole Christmas’

Basin Street Records

Mayfield takes us to New Orleans for a joyful Creole Christmas you are sure to enjoy! Read More »

Music Review: Darius Rucker – ‘Home for the Holidays’

Wikiemdia Commons/Master Sgt. Val Gempis

This is a perfectly pleasant and unexceptionable seasonal offering with no surprises. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music’ by Michael Sporke

MacMillan Publishing

While this is a useful reference book about a blues legend who deserves to be remembered, it ultimately provides little personal information about Big Mama Thonrton's life. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists (Julian Ovenden, Elizabeth McGovern, Katie Marshall) – ‘Christmas at Downton Abbey’ [2-CD Set]

Wikimedia Commons

The 45 songs in this carefully chosen collection will transport you to a serene and sophisticated 'Downton Abbey'-style Christmas. Read More »

Book Review: ‘A Banquet of Consequences: True Life Adventures of Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and the Feds’ by Jake Rohrer

banquetofconseuences

An entertaining memoir about rock and roll, drug dealing, and prison by a colorful and charismatic writer. Read More »

Music Review: Christmas Jug Band – ‘Jugology: Greatest Near Misses (Best Of…)’

Photo by Mary Mary Jennings for The Chritmas Jug Band

The Christmas Jug Band delivers the perfect Christmas party collection. Read More »

Music Review: The Piano Guys – ‘Wonders’ [Deluxe CD/DVD Edition]

The Piano Guys - Wonders

The Piano Guys offer intricate, innovative mashups of classical and popular music (such as Beethoven and Dave Matthews) in a deluxe package. Read More »

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’

Photo credit: Jill Kettles

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 »