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Saturday, December 31 1994

    Willard Grant Conspiracy: Everything’s Fine

This record resisted me, or rather it waited patiently for me to listen to it on its own terms. Driving to and from work in

Shannon Wright: Maps of Tacit

Maps of Tacit, Shannon Wright’s follow-up to her generally well received Flight Safety, is a collection of elliptical, minimalist songs that are linked more

    Steve Ward: Opening Night

I have met and have known a few A & R people from major record companies over the years. The job is hard work, and

Kenny Wheeler: A Long Time Ago

I’ve had a chance to listen to more tunes by Kenny Wheeler than almost any other jazz artist (save all the usual suspects: Miles,

    Wolf Colonel: The Castle

On first listen, Wolf Colonel’s second album The Castle sounded vaguely like a subdued Guided By Voices album I’ve never heard. On repeated

Doc Watson, The Best of Doc Watson 1964-1968

Internationally renowned for his unique flatpicking guitar style, Doc Watson is one of the most prolific and influential guitarists of the 20th century.


It’s quite a remarkable trick of reinvention to morph from the utter lameness of EMF into the indie pop chic of Whistler. Yet that

    The Wes Hollywood Show: The Girls Are Never Ending

You may ask yourself, “What kind of thought processes go on when reviewing a new CD?” Well I’m glad you asked. In this review,

Hank Williams, Live at the Grand Ole Opry

Hank Williams may well have been the first rock and roll star.

Paul Weller, Modern Classics

Weller has written an entire catalog of memorable songs—remember The Jam.

Kelly Willis, What I Deserve

As one of Austin’s finest singer-songwriters, it’s regrettable that Kelly Willis spent the earlier part of her career as a minor cog in

Western Electric: self-titled

As Jimmy Webb says in his quintessential book on songwriting, Tunesmith, “ all goes back to Stephen Foster.” Of course, Mr. Foster is credited by

William Cepeda Afrorican Jazz, My Roots & Beyond

 Groupo Afro Boricua Bombazo(Blue Jackel) by Sarah ZupkoPopMatters Editor & Publisher williamcepeda-groupoafro.jpg My mouth dropped when I heard these releases. Sporting a

The Weavers: Best of the Vanguard Years

A single guitar chord, then the words, “We are traveling in the footsteps / Of those who’ve gone before” and you can only respond with, “

    The Witches: Universal Mall

I hate to say it, but the most interesting thing about The Witches might be group leader Troy Gregory’s history compared to his current

David Wilcox, Underneath

It would not be an exaggeration to claim that I spent the winter of 1990 obsessed with How Did You Find Me Here, David Wilcox’s

The Wicked Farleys: Make It It

Neither as evil as Ozzy’s 1988 opus, No Rest for the Wicked, nor as funny as the film career of comedy giant Chris Farley, the

    Steve Wynn: Take Your Flunky and Dangle

I could probably have you believe that, given the recent winter weather watch-storm-event-tracker mania of the Eastern half of the country, I’m huddled over

Muddy Waters, Hoochie Coochie Man

Immediately this album starts hypnotizing.

Weeping in Fits and Starts, Blue Funnel World

This band is almost impossible to categorize—and, for the record, that’s a good thing. With its members possessing perfect pop and indie rock

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