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

bob marley

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

Music Review: Sam Morrow – ‘Ephemeral’

Sam Morrow

This is the debut album of a young singer/songwriter with an "old soul" and a riveting sound. Read More »

Music Review: Camper Van Beethoven – ‘New Roman Times’ [Deluxe Edition]

Camper Van Beethoven

This re-release shows Camper Van Beethoven at their best as a talented, sometimes wacky and always unpredictable band. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ’40 Below Records & Friends Vol. 1′ (Including KaiL Baxley, John Mayall, & Walter Trout)

40 Below Records

This sampler introduces an eclectic group of rock, blues and Americana artists, Read More »

Music Review: Tinsley Ellis – ‘Tough Love’

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Tinsley Ellis has been making outstanding music since his teens, and has been loved by legions of fans for many years now. Tough Love is his third release on his own Heartfixer Music label, following the brilliant Midnight Blue. That album should have been hard to match, but Tough Love has done it. This one is indeed often tough and ... Read More »

Music Review: Rhiannon Giddens – ‘Tomorrow Is My Turn’

rhiannon giddens

This is a strong and powerful album that captures a wide range of feelings and will be very satisfying to any listener. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Rush FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Rock’s Greatest Power Trio’ by Max Mobley

Wikimedia Commons

Mobley's well-researched and enthusiastic account of Rush's career is a must for fans. Read More »

Music Review: Drive-By Truckers – ‘English Ocean Deluxe/Black Ice Verite’ [2-CD/DVD Edition]

drive by truckers

The ultimate CD/DVD package for fans of the Drive-By Truckers and a must for those who love Southern rock music in general. Read More »

Music Review: Rod Stewart – Box Set of First Five Albums (1969-1974)

Rod Stewart 1971 Wikimedia Commons/Mercury Records

The vinyl box set of Rod Stewart's first five albums is a must-have for all of Stewart's many fans. Read More »

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 »