Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
Etta James, Blues to the Bone: James turns her well-weathered voice to blues classics by John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson and Howlin' Wolf.
Ricky Fanté, Rewind Newcomer: Fanté seems to have stepped into a time machine, recalling the golden days of Otis Redding, Al Green and Wilson Pickett.
Chris Robinson & the New Earth Mud, The Magnificent Distance: With his gritty new band, the former Black Crowe serves up southern-fried rock with plenty of fire and more than a little soul.
Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos, While the Music Lasts: The Grammy-winning writer behind Norah Jones's "Don't Know Why" makes a most lasting impression with these warm, wistful tunes.