Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott is a freelance writer and contributor to a variety of publications. He is also the author of 'Have A Little Faith: The John Hiatt Story', published in 2021 by Chicago Review Press. Michael grew up with music all around and learned to love it all, regardless of genre. He started in radio as a disc jockey at 16 and spent close to 30 years in the business as Program Director, Operations Manager, and Creative Director for a variety of stations. Michael is also a proud father, husband, and cat person.
Slash’s Orgy of Destruction [or] ‘Blues Your Illusion’

Slash’s Orgy of Destruction [or] ‘Blues Your Illusion’

Orgy of the Damned finds Slash and his many guests bashing through the most over-played blues standards with the subtlety and grace of Axl Rose in a china shop.

The Wanting and Waiting Is Over as the Black Crowes Return

The Wanting and Waiting Is Over as the Black Crowes Return

The Black Crowes’ Happiness Bastards gives us ten good reasons to believe that rock and roll is still a long way from the graveyard.

Jerry Joseph Takes a Walk on the Bright Side

Jerry Joseph Takes a Walk on the Bright Side

Rocker Jerry Joseph takes a bite of the Big Apple, enlisting producer Eric Ambel to make a NYC rock ‘n’ roll record, Baby, You’re the Man Who Would Be King.

Paul Rodgers’ New LP Marks Return of One of Rock’s Best Voices

Paul Rodgers’ New LP Marks Return of One of Rock’s Best Voices

Paul Rodgers’ voice hasn’t diminished over the decades and remains as expressive and powerful as ever, even though Midnight Rose doesn’t match his best.

Thelma and the Sleaze’s ‘Holey Water’ Is the Rock Album We Need

Thelma and the Sleaze’s ‘Holey Water’ Is the Rock Album We Need

Thelma and the Sleaze continue their reign as the queens of loud, gaudy, disreputable rock ‘n’ roll on Holey Water, one of the funnest rock albums of the year.

Garage Popsters Bark Get ‘Loud’

Garage Popsters Bark Get ‘Loud’

Mississippi husband-and-wife duo Bark offer up power pop filtered through a hazy lens of distortion on Loud, their most fully realized work yet.

Two Seminal Titles Help Relaunch Original Jazz Classics Imprint

Two Seminal Titles Help Relaunch Original Jazz Classics Imprint

Legendary jazz reissue imprint reboots with pivotal recordings from the Miles Davis Quintet and the brilliantly collaborative Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.

Rodney Crowell’s Cool Confidence Shines on ‘The Chicago Sessions’

Rodney Crowell’s Cool Confidence Shines on ‘The Chicago Sessions’

In The Chicago Sessions, Americana’s Rodney Crowell travels to the house Wilco built and subtly delivers one of his best albums in years.

Model Citizen Take Us Back to the Garage

Model Citizen Take Us Back to the Garage

Alabama’s Model Citizen boast a pair of Drive-By Truckers and punk rock bonafides on the loud and proud new album, Live at Dial Back Sound.

‘Stoned Cold Country’ Proves You Can’t Always Get What You Want

‘Stoned Cold Country’ Proves You Can’t Always Get What You Want

The latest country-leaning tribute album to the Rolling Stones, Stoned Cold Country, is as unexciting as it is unnecessary.

Jerry Joseph’s Leftovers Are As Strong As the Main Course

Jerry Joseph’s Leftovers Are As Strong As the Main Course

On Tick, Jerry Joseph enlists the Drive-By Truckers and all hell breaks loose in a blaze of fierce rock, but that’s a good thing.

Tyler Childers and That Old Time Screamin’ and Shoutin’

Tyler Childers and That Old Time Screamin’ and Shoutin’

Ambitious yet gimmicky, Tyler Childers’ Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? is all dressed up in its Sunday best, but it’s mostly an empty suit.