CD of the Week

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A new release from Old Hat Records, Barbecue Any Old Time, which is a compilation of vintage blues and jazz tunes in which barbecue is mentioned or featured.  I grew up on the coast of North Carolina so pork barbecue with vinegar & red pepper sauce is in my blood; the rest is garbage.  So, somebody singing about barbecue in, say, Georgia or Tennessee is somebody singing a falsehood.  But falsehoods are often the subjects of great songs.  This CD is killin’.  It’s not a bad sampler to indicate the relationship of Piedmont Blues and jazz.  New Orleans wasn’t the only place where jazz was welling up a century ago.

-Sam Stephenson

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