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Lamenting a Fallen Artist and Other Thoughts on Robert Randolph: Part 2

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Editor’s Note:  Check out Part 1 of Austin’s piece here Between 2004 and 2010 I got to see Robert Randolph gain a lot of notoriety and success.  I got to see him steal the show on the Grammy’s.  Unclassified (2003) and Colorblind (2006) were really solid records for an artist known mostly for his live performances.  But, slowly, starting in maybe 2007 or so, I was subjected to seeing Randolph lose a little bit of flavor just about every time.  I

Lamenting a Fallen Artist and Other Thoughts on Robert Randolph: Part 1

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Nope, Robert Randolph isn’t dead.  He also didn’t retire or do some horrible thing essentially ending his career.  It’s just been a really long time since Randolph did anything to catch my attention, and believe me, I would really like Robert Randolph to catch my attention again.  So, why am I writing about him right now, you ask?  Randolph has been brought to my consciousness twice in the past several weeks pretty randomly. First, Wes wrote his Public Service announcement

Lauryn Hill Song Review: “Black Rage”

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Lauryn Hill “Black Rage”   Lauryn Hill has been largely irrelevant for quite some time.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Lauryn Hill fan.  Obviously, Hill was great with the Fugees, and then her one solo album was universally loved.  But, can you even call what she has a career at this point?  Since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill she has only released an unplugged album, a handful of singles, and toured very sporadically (tours which ironically price out

Sturgill Simpson Show Review

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Sturgill Simpson Off Broadway St. Louis, MO August 7, 2014 There were a lot of uncertainties when I went to see Sturgill Simpson at Off Broadway last Thursday night.  What would the crowd be like, more country or more hipster?  Would the crowd really be that big, considering the venue and type of artist?  What kind of energy would Simpson bring to the stage?  All these questions were answered, and I must say, I was much more impressed with Sturgill

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