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Bob Dylan – Jimmie Rodgers Revisited

An Octopus Exclusive!!!! © 1997, 2018 Octopus Media Ink. All rights reserved. BOB DYLAN on his album The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute JIMMIE RODGERS REVISITED   Nick Krewen   The times may still be a-changin,’ but Bob Dylan has taken measures to ensure that the work of one musical icon won’t be forgotten anytime soon. The music of Jimmie Rodgers, the railroad brakeman from Meridian, Mississippi who is widely…


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Iris DeMent wants songs to be worth the wait

By NICK KREWEN Special to the Star Fri., Oct. 19, 2012 The last time Grammy-nominated, Americana music siren Iris DeMent released an album of original songs, Lisa Marie Presley had divorced Michael Jackson; Diana, Princess of Wales was still among the living and social media was restricted to email. Not that it matters to the DeMent faithful who will pack Hugh’s Room to the rafters this weekend for a pair of…


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Lucinda Williams gets stellar assistance at Massey Hall: review

The alt-country darling had to read her lyrics from a binder, but her top-notch backing band more than filled in any gaps in her memory. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri Nov 21 2014 Lucinda Williams 3.5 stars At Massey Hall, Nov. 20. What on earth is going on with Lucinda Williams? That’s the first question the good denizens of a half-filled Massey Hall were probably asking themselves on Thursday…


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Bob Dylan and The Band’s complete Basement Tapes resurface at last

Toronto duo largely responsible for lifting the veil off “the most sought after and mysterious recordings from the post-nuclear, pre-digital era.” Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Nov 05 2014   Sitting at Johnny Rockets, a ’50s-style burger joint in Yonge-Dundas Square, my dining companion pulls out a cardboard envelope and hands it over. “Open it up and have a look. Have a little whiff,” he insists. Inside is a…


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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant hypnotizes, mesmerizes fans at Massey Hall

The musically adventurous Plant shows he is not afraid to revisit the past as long as he has something new to add to the conversation.   Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Oct 01 2014 Robert Plant At Massey Hall, Sept. 30 If mother is the necessity of invention, Robert Plant is its charming uncle you never really tire of visiting. The former Led Zeppelin frontman has never been one…