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The best of 2016

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/02/2017 - 12:31 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
Many of the usual suspects will notice a different annual “Best Of” for 2016.
 
At the top of the list is a pair of Buddy Miller reissues from Bear Family Records. Gorgeously packaged on 180-gram virgin vinyl, Your Love And No Other Lies and Cruel Moon are direct metal master cut records from one of Nashville’s most adored guitar players.  
 
It was quite a year for Alejandro Escovedo, with Record Store Day releases of Gravity and Thirteen Years, along with finding a copy of A Man Under The Influence—Deluxe Buurbonitis Edition. To cap it off, Escovedo released one of this year’s best albums, Burn Som ...

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Helen Welch has us spellbound

by mimivanderhaven.com on 12/19/2016 - 03:55 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
With a diverse range of musical compositions mixed with a sly wit, Helen Welch entertains area audiences from small intimate stages to large venues like Cain Park. She is one of those classic variety entertainers who can hold an audience in the palm of her hand, backed by a trio or a full-blown symphony orchestra.   
 
Welch has just released a new studio album titled Spellbound, which shows her diversity and covers several eras and genres, putting her signature vocals on a few new styles on classic covers. Backed by Joe Leaman (piano), Joe Parker (guitar), Anthony Taddeo (drums), and Hey Mavis bass player Bryan Thomas, the 10 tracks we ...

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The case for a different Rock Hall li...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 12/14/2016 - 11:03 am
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
After the latest list of nominees for the Rock HOF came out, I made up my own lineup card of artists who become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.  
 
Not sure if there is another woman who can rock it out like Lucinda Williams. Since her self-titled debut in 1988, she has melded poetry about love and pain with an electric guitar fusing rock, blues and country. Another eligible songwriter hard to categorize is Steve Earle, who released his breakthrough album Guitar Town in 1986. Combining storytelling with rock, country and bluegrass, this rebellious Texan has quietly put together an amazing songbook of ...

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Emerging Artist: Margo Price

by mimivanderhaven.com on 11/02/2016 - 04:09 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
One evening back in January of 2015, I took a flyer after seeing a show in the downstairs portion of Music Box Supper Club. The show was billed as “Margo & The Pricetags” and featured just Margo Price on acoustic guitar and her husband Jeremy Ivery playing bass who hail from Nashville. They were traveling the Midwest performing songs as a duo, some newly written compositions, without their usual backing band.
 
I was instantly drawn to their music and kept them on my radar awaiting an eventual LP release.
 
Fast-forward to March of this year, Margo Price releases Midwest Farmer’s Daughter and it causes the biggest sti ...

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Celebrating the legend Johnny Cash

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/17/2016 - 02:19 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
Johnny Cash was a musical legend who made an impact on rock and roll as well as country music, joining just a handful of artists who have been enshrined in both hallowed halls.
 
The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum along with Case Western Reserve University will be honoring the man in black for their 21st Annual Music Masters Series, Monday, October 17 to Saturday, October 22, presented by Klipsch Audio.  
 
“Throughout his career, Cash transcended genre boundaries and embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk and gospel,” said Jason Hanley, vice president of education and visitor engagement for the museum. &ld ...

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Deer Pass Golf Course swings into autumn

by mimivanderhaven.com on 09/23/2016 - 04:29 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Smart Living

By Chad Gibson, Deer Pass Golf Course
 
I would like to start off by offering our sincere thanks to the community for your continued support of Deer Pass Golf Course, and our growth to make it a better place to play. Our construction of the new 18 green and larger parking lot is now completed, and we have received many compliments on the upgrades.  
 
A big "Thank You!" for voting us "Best of the Best" public golf course for our continued improvements, community involvement, and friendly staff. I would also like to extend a "thank you" to my tremendous staff for going above and beyond every day. I am truly blessed to have them, and we're all fortunate to be a highly regard ...

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Roger Hoover’s “Pastures”

by mimivanderhaven.com on 09/01/2016 - 02:19 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
There are several guitar gunslingers around Northeast Ohio, but there might not be one better than Roger Hoover.
 
A troubadour who early on had toured America with bandmates or alone, lately the talented songwriter has passed on chances for a life on the road away from his family life in Kent, Ohio. Time has passed, and, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Hoover was signed by Last Chance Records to hopefully push him to the next level once again with the release of Pastures on Friday, October 7.  
 
Hoover, along with producer Ryan Foltz, took a very organic and spontaneous approach to recording the album. If you listen clo ...

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Vinyl makes a comeback

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/24/2016 - 10:00 am
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
Music on vinyl has made a remarkable comeback. Artists are releasing new material on pristine 180-gram records that are much heavier and sonically improved, partly due to limited production runs. The complete visual package at times has the actual record produced in a beautiful assortment of colors beside the traditional black. Getting a digital download card included lets you have the best of both worlds: A beautiful album jacket to read and files to add to your mp3 jukebox.
 
But there is still some magic left in those old vinyl records, with some help from a disc washer and new magnetic stylus cartridge. Summertime garage sales and flea market ...

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Bishop’s sultry sound

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/26/2016 - 01:39 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
It was a hot afternoon in Nashville in 2012 during Americanarama at Grimey’s when I shared some shade with the lovely Bonnie Bishop. Little did I know that one of her songs, “Not ‘Cause I Wanted To,” was recently recorded by Bonnie Raitt for Slipstream, which eventually garnered both artists a Grammy and put the young Austin, Texas songwriter on the map.
 
She talked, and I listened, as she described the long recovery from a divorce, waiting to be uplifted before writing again and finally finding the spiritual freedom to pen “good recovery” songs on her album Free that was self-produced.  
 
Since t ...

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New Rock Hall exhibit

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/01/2016 - 12:32 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
 
Although my hair is still thick and brown, at times I show my age via the musical timeline in my stories. I’ve been listening to the radio since the Vietnam War through hostages in Iran and multiple Gulf War engagements abroad. My record collection covers human injustice in America and abroad with albums from iconic names like Dylan, Gaye, Fogerty, Springsteen, Bono, Baez, Strummer, Browne, Wonder and Young.
 
The message in songs like “What’s Going On” or “For What It’s Worth” transcend time more than any other medium.  
 
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will be featuring a new exhi ...

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