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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.

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’

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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

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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 »

Music Review: Jimbo Mathus – ‘Blue Healer’

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Jimbo Mathus takes us on a wild and exhilarating mystical journey through a crazy mix of Southern musical styles. Read More »

Music Review: Boz Scaggs – ‘A Fool To Care’

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Boz Scaggs is as soulful as ever on this flawless and seemingly effortless new release. Read More »

Music Review: Dion – ‘Recorded Live at the Bitter End, August 1971′

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This live recording caught Dion at the height of his skill as an acoustic singer-songwriter who defined "hip" for his fans. Read More »

Music Review: Van Morrison – ‘Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue’

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This re-working of Van Morrison songs as duets with famous friends is loose, relaxed, and a joy to hear. Read More »

Music Review: Steve Earle & The Dukes – ‘Terraplane’

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Steve Earle proves that he can sing the blues as well as he can handle country music. Read More »

Music Review: Bob Marley and The Wailers – ‘Easy Skanking in Boston ’78’ [Audio CD]

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Bob Marley and The Wailers conspire and invigorate listeners just as much now as they did when this music was first performed. Read More »