The blues is no stranger to Ann Arbor. The inverse is also true. In fact our town is in the history books as the host of some of the most important blues events ever, including the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festivals of the early 1970’s and between 1992 and 2006.
Hereupon the fifth month of the year, I sat down to make a “Top 5” favorite local rock songs – so far – of 2012. With the death of CD’s, it seems like the MixTape is undoubtedly back to being on actual tape. Actually, some of the songs listed here are available only in the cassette format.
The Encarta World English Dictionary defines moxie as courage combined with inventiveness. That definition applies aptly to The Moxie Strings, the duo of fiddler Diana Ladio and cellist Alison Lynn.
I was 11 years old in 1966. It would be four more years before I appreciated what happened at the Monterey Jazz Festival that pivotal year. Charles Lloyd’s Atlantic Records release “Forest Flower” was the first jazz record I remember hearing.
Singer/songwriter Matthew Milia had no reservations making something epic, monumental, or even oceanic, in scope; an album from which “thoughtful and patient listeners” could “encounter a really rich experience” that they could return to “frequently and interact with in new ways each time.”
Bela Fleck brings a whole new meaning to the word virtuoso; no doubt he meets the qualifying factor with outstanding technical skill, but through a storied career, he has risen above being a raw talent, changing the rules of bluegrass — a couple of times, actually.