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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 Betty Fox Band – ‘Slow Burn’

Betty Fox Band - Slow Burn

Whether the style is soul, gospel, blues, or jazz, Fox proves she can manage it and make it all sound fabulous. This is a "Slow Burn" you will want to experience. Read More »

Music Review: Buddy Guy – ‘Born to Play Guitar’

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Guy has made scores of albums in his career. This one measures up to any of his best, and that is high praise indeed. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became The Beatles” by Susanna Reich

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Every person who has ever loved The Beatles and would like to share that love with children might want to have this book in his or her home Read More »

Music Review: Mick Kolassa – ‘Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel’

Mick Kolassa

Mick Kolassa and a host of talented friends have created a perfect contemporary blues album. Read More »

Music Review: Neil Young and Promise of the Real – ‘The Monsanto Years’

Neil Young and Promise of the Real courtesy Warner brothers Records;/Julie Garddner

Neil Young and Promise of the Real hammer home an environmental message. Read More »

Music Review: The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson -‘Meet Me in Bluesland’

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The Kentucky Headhunters and the late Johnnie Johnson provide a rip-roaring party from start to finish. Read More »

Supreme Court Decision for Marriage Equality a Victory for America

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This is one of those wonderful moments, like the passing of the vote for women and the Civil Rights Act, that change everything for the better. Read More »

Music Review: Asleep at the Wheel – ‘Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys’

Bob Wills Tribute (Still the King)

Bob Wills in indeed still the king, and Asleep at the Wheel and friends prove it on this perfect tribute album. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu- Three Crime Dramas’ by Yasijuro Ozu

Courtesy The Criterion Collection

Effortlessly cool and smooth crime dramas from a Japanese master that prove great storytelling on film does not require either color or sound. Read More »

Music Review: The Nighthawks – ‘Back Porch Party’ (Live & Acoustic)

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This acoustic recording, which was done before a studio audience is refreshing, honest, and a whole lot of fun. Read More »