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Alternate Take: Country Roots Reborn

March 16, 2010 David Fricke 0

The Carolina Chocolate Drops — banjo player Dom Flemons and fiddlers Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson (they all sing and juggle guitar, Autoharp and percussion) — reignite a vintage outsider music: the early-20th-century jump and lamentation of black country string bands from North Carolina’s Piedmont region. The Drops’ marvelous new record has a proud and […]

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Allman Brothers Band Refresh Classics With New Jams in NYC

March 15, 2010 David Fricke 0

The weather was lousy — cold, wet and windy — and the location was new, about a dozen subway stops north. But the Allman Brothers Band brought the springtime — sunshine, peaches and robust harmony guitars — to New York, as they have virtually every March since 1989, on the second night of their 2010 […]

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Fricke’s Picks: The Kristofferson Vaults

March 15, 2010 David Fricke 0

Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty
In her new memoir, Just Kids, Patti Smith tells of a night in New York when she saw Kris Kristofferson — an Oxford-educated, ex-Army songwriter struggling to make it in Nashville — sing his tune “Me and Bobby McGee” for Janis Joplin, who soon recorded it. His own first take on Please […]

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Fricke’s Picks: The Kristofferson Vaults

March 15, 2010 David Fricke 0

Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty
In her new memoir, Just Kids, Patti Smith tells of a night in New York when she saw Kris Kristofferson — an Oxford-educated, ex-Army songwriter struggling to make it in Nashville — sing his tune “Me and Bobby McGee” for Janis Joplin, who soon recorded it. His own first take on Please […]