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Carl Bookstein



Carl Bookstein speaks exclusively to Matthew J Tow, the frontman with Australian psychedelic pop act the Lovetones about his band's lengthy career and their forthcoming 2020 album 'Myriad'.

Miranda Lee Richards
Seafoam Green

Carl Bookstein speaks with Los Angeles based singer songwriter Miranda Lee Richards about the unsettling state of the world and her topical new album ‘Existential Beast’.
Dublin born, Liverpool based musician Dave O’Grady of Seafoam Green speaks with Carl Bookstein about the debut album 'Topanga Mansion'.
Lead singer Dominic Appleton of London-based quartet Breathless speaks with Carl Bookstein about music and the current re-release of their 1999 album 'Blue Moon'

Mark Olson
Galileo 7
Matthew J Tow

Carl Bookstein speaks to Mark Olson, the front-man with the Jayhawks about his new solo album, 'Good-bye Lizelle'
Carl Bookstein speaks to former Prisoners and Solarflares bassist Allan Crockford about his psychedelic-influenced band Galileo 7 and their just released third album, 'False Memory Lane'
Much acclaimed American singer-songwriter Ben Taylor talks to Carl Bookstein about his fourth solo album, 'Listening'
Carl Bookstein talks to Australian singer-songwriter and Lovetones' front man Matthew J Tow about his debut solo album, 'The Way of Things'

Musk Ox
Edgehill Avenue
Electric Pop Group

Carl Bookstein talks to former Low Anthem guitarist Daniel Lefkowitz about his new duo Futur Primitif and their debut album, 'Machineteeth'
Carl Bookstein speaks to This Mortal Coil singer Dominic Appleton about his band Breathless' first album in nine years, 'Green to Blue'
Carl Bookstein speaks to Drew Perkins, the frontman with classic rock/Americana Louisville, Kentucky-based group Edgehill Avenue about his band's third album 'Just Out of Sight’
Carl Booksetin cats to brothers Erik and Martin Aamot from Gothenburg-based indie pop act the Electric Pop Group about their just released new album, 'Seconds'

Deadstring Brothers

Carl Bookstein chats to Spencer Cullum, the guitarist with Detroit-based country band about his band's latest album 'São Paulo' and its hard-turing schedule
Carl Bookstein speaks to Matthew J Tow, the front man with Australian group the Lovetones about their recently released fourth album 'Dimensions' and the 60s influences of their sound


Brewer and Shipley

Carl Bookstein examines four late 1960's/early 1970's albums by the folk rock duo Brewer and Shipley, which have been re-released on a two disc CD set.

Walter Becker
Gregg Allman
Jefferson Starship
Rick Danko

In memory of Walter Becker of Steely Dan who died earlier this month, Carl Bookstein looks back philosophically on the impact of Steely Dan on his own life.
Carl Bookstein pays tribute to Gregg Allman of the Southern Rock band the Allman Brothers, who died in May at the age of 69.
Carl Bookstein examines Jefferson Starship’s career including their work in the 2000s which yields mixed but sometimes compelling results on 'Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty' and 'Soiled Dove'
Carl Bookstein reflects on the career of The Band's bassist Rick Danko and looks at a new in-depth four disc all live collection of Danko's which expands from the 1970s across to the 1990s

Live Reviews

Gary Clark Jr

Carl Bookstein is impressed by the one-day Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in Boca Raton in Florida which this year saw sets among others from the Doors' Robbie Krieger, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Both and Los Lobos
Carl Bookstein enjoys a night of blues rock showmanship from Austin, Texas-based guitarist Gary Clark Jr. at a sold out show at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit
Carl Bookstein enjoys performances from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Galactic, Leon Russell, Hot Tuna, Tab Benoit and Stanley Clarke at the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in Florida

Favourite Albums

Neville Brothers
Otis Rush
Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield

In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Carl Bookstein, reflects on a solid 2008 concert recording from the legendary New Orleans soul group the Neville Brothers.
Carl Bookstein finds Chicago Blues guitar great Otis Rush's 'Live in Boston' album which was recorded in 1973 captures him in fine form.
Carl Bookstein finds that the great instrumental pairing of Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield shines on 'The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68'.


Carl Bookstein


In the latest edition to our new column 'Ticket Rewind', Pennyblackmusic writer Carl Bookstein looks back at concert tickets from his past.
In our ongoing series, 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love…' Pennyblack writer Carl Bookstein revisits ten songs that made him love Pennyblackmusic.

John Lennon
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead

Carl Bookstein looks back at the music of John Lennon and the Beatles and ten songs that made him love the iconic singer and songwriter.
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Carl Bookstein reflects on his favourite Grateful Dead songs
In the second in our new column in which a different Pennyblackmusic writer each month will be reflecting upon a 'Gig of a Lifetime', Carl Bookstein describes the impact upon him of going to see the Grateful Dead in Chicago in 1994
In the latest in our 'Soundtrack to Our Lives' series, in which our writers describe the personal impact of music on their lives, Carl Bookstein writes about the revelation for him of discovering the music of The Band in his late teens


Little Feat
Magpie Salute
I See Hawks in L.A. and The Good Intentions

First release for Australia's the Lovetones in ten years which represents a return to form
Newly reissued and solid 1995 Little Feat album with a new and unique formation of the band
Solid companion piece to 2018'S 'High Water I' from Black Crowes offshoot group, the Magpie Salute
California’s I See Hawks in L.A. and Liverpool’s The Good Intentions come together for British-American folk creation

James Clarke Five
Galileo 7
Willie Dixon
Mandolin Orange

Enjoyable new album from the James Clarke Five, the latest project of Liverpool-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Hughes.
Solid sixth album from Medway’s Galileo 7 which features the band’s signature psychedelic sound
Live 1974 album from Willie Dixon proves to be a clear window into the music of one of the great songwriters and legends of Chicago blues
Excellent sixth album from bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange who create with it a poignant reminiscence of the loss of their songwriter’s mother

Jimmy Rankin
Deer Tick
Doyle Bramhall II

Evocative latest album from Canadian musician Jimmy Rankin which passionately captures his return home from Nashville to Nova Scotia
Beautiful and atmospheric ethereal folk rock from extraordinary UK-based duo Gypsyfingers
Appealing mix of alternative tracks from previous albums, new songs and covers from Providence, Rhode Island-based alternative rock group Deer Tick
Enjoyable fifth album from seasoned guitar slinger Doyle Bramhall II shows him in a singer-songwriter role

Magpie Salute
War and Treaty
Cowboy Junkies
New Riders of the Purple Sage

Excellent first album of original material from the Magpie Salute, which is the side project of Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien from the Black Crowes
Strong gospel and soul debut album from Michigan-based husband-and-wife duo the War and Treaty
Political, yet poignant latest album from Canadian alt.country outfit the Cowboy Junkies
Early 1970's cosmic California country rock is captured on reissued release of 'The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage

Hanging Stars
Blood Sweat and Tears
Green Seagull

Enjoyable second album London quintet the Hanging Stars' second album is a solid combination of psych rock meets folk and country
Rewarding reissue of 1979 compilation which looks at the songwriting of Paul Cotton who joined acclaimed country rock act Poco in 1971, and whose work soon came into the foreground
Appealing live recording from Blood Sweat and Tears from 1975 that captures the jazz rock pioneers in fine form.
First rate neo psychedelia on second single from this new band out of the London scene, Green Seagull

Hot Tuna
Miranda Lee Richards
Allman Brothers Band

Terrific early 1969 concert recording from Hot Tuna, which was then a Jefferson Airplane side project
Fine live album which captures a 1971 performance of resonant music from country rock trailblazing band Poco
Political but poetic commentary on the state of modern times from Californian singer-songwriter Miranda Lee Richards
Fine compilation album which features the best of the Allman Brothers Band on the Arista label in the early 1980's

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