Here’s to Made in the Shade, a foot-tappin’, energetic standout by the Red Stick Ramblers. Midway through the opening title track, lead vocalist Linzay Young confirms what you already know—you are in a place where Texas swing, Cajun music, and N’awlins jazz mix and mingle (“it comes from Opelousas / and it’s made in the shade”). When he adds that “chances are / my back pocket’s got a little thirst aid”, you have no doubt that beverage is white lightnin’. The Red Stick Ramblers offer you a drink and tug you onto the dance floor.—Mark W. Adams
The Clash - Live: Revolution Rock
This new Clash live show documentary will be airing on PBS stations in the US in March and will be coming to DVD via Sony/Legacy on 15 April. The 60-minute program highlights some of the best performances from the seminal band’s all-too-brief career, ranging from live-in-studio bits to playing Shea Stadium during the Combat Rock tour.
Legendary Argentine rasta-punk band’s greatest hits record makes their music available in the United States for the first time in ten years. A unique mixture of social messages and massive doses of punk, ragga, reggae and raw energy.