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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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Rascal Flatts concert worth braving the weather: Review

Country music band — along with opening act Sheryl Crow — delighted the wet crowd at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Saturday night. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Sun Sep 21 2014 Rascal Flatts is something of an anomaly in the country music world. A country pop band with Christian overtones, the core of singer Gary LeVox, his bass playing cousin Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney have never…


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Golden Globe or Golden Throat?

Actor Musicians Nick Krewen Grammy.com October 2003 Golden Globe or Golden Throat? There may be a sizeable increase in the number of actors pursuing their muse as recording artists these days, but trying to earn respect from the masses, the music industry and critics is still an uphill battle. Some, such as Hilary Duff or Jennifer Lopez, are talented television and movie multi-taskers who seem to have no trouble climbing…