Los Lobos reaches beyond roots-rock with By the Light of the Moon

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 29, 1987 By Steve Newton When Michael Jackson struck it huge five years ago with the Thriller LP, the phenomenal success of that album was not only seen as a breakthrough for Jackson himself, but as one for black music in general. Since then Jackson's buzz has pretty much … Continue reading Los Lobos reaches beyond roots-rock with By the Light of the Moon

Leon Russell and Doyle Bramhall II help pedal-steel ace Robert Randolph shine

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 16, 2010 By Steve Newton Pedal-steel virtuoso Randolph had no problem getting people like Ben Harper and Leon Russell to perform on his upcoming CD, We Walk This Road, which is set for release on June 22. His mind-blowing musicianship alone might have convinced them to offer their talents, but having … Continue reading Leon Russell and Doyle Bramhall II help pedal-steel ace Robert Randolph shine