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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 Reverend Shawn Amos – ‘The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You’

Courtesy of Bind Raccoon

The Reverend Shawn Amos surely delivers the blues and lifts up and nourishes the soul. This is a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable album that belongs i n your collection of contemporary blues. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘A Blues Christmas’


Who needs a silent night? Get 'A Blues Christmas' and get ready to have a blast, Alligator style! Read More »

Music Review: Essential Voices USA – ‘Holiday Harmonies – Songs of Christmas’


This release is the perfect gift for lovers of choral music and is as warm and rich as a cup of hot chocolate. Read More »

DVD Review: Rage Against the Machine – ‘Live at Finsbury Park’

Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment

This is an absolutely top-notch concert DVD and an absolute must for any fan of the band. Read More »

Music Review: Quadriga Consort – ‘Winter’s Delights – Early Christmas Music and Carols from the British Isles’

Courtesy of Quardiga Consort/Jasmin  Schuller

A festive collection of early Christmas music that will soothe, cheer, and promote good will. Read More »

Music Review: Dr. John – ‘The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974′

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Wpopp

It's a fascinating chronicle for fans of Dr. John. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘Now That’s What I Call Halloween’

Courtesy of Wikiemdia Commons/Sylar

This eclectic collection has something for every Halloween occasion. Read More »

Music Review: Kinky Friedman – ‘The Loneliest Man I Ever Met’


Kinky Friedman delves into the darker side of life for his first studio album in 39 years. Read More »

Music Review: Fiona Boyes – ‘Box and Dice’

Courtesy of Fiona Boyes

This Australian import demonstrates how delightful and innovative stripped-down blues can be. Read More »

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 »