Music News & Reviews

Music News & Reviews

Toronzo Cannon drives the blues bus

In between gigs at blues clubs and festivals around the world, Toronzo Cannon drives a Chicago Transit Authority bus for a living. Cannon gets props for bringing colorful, real-life detail to his lyrics, and he credits his day job with inspiring many of the stories behind the songs.

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Ray Benson and Dale Watson geek out together

At one point during "Bus' Breakdown," a duet with his old friend Dale Watson, singer Ray Benson takes a mouthful of air and spews out "alternator, generator, transmission, radiator, alternator intakes, too." Benson is a veteran western swing musician of nearly 50 years, but it was difficult to sing, for the new double-baritone album "Dale & Ray," and even harder to memorize. "Actually, last night was the first night we got it right completely," the veteran Asleep at the Wheel bandleader says from his Austin, Texas, home. "The part he wrote ... it took me 15 minutes of singing those things over and over."

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In Massachusetts towns, relics from past coming back

With music from artists like The Beatles, The Monkees or George Harrison playing in the background, some might feel like they took a step out of 2017 and into the past when they walk into The Nevermind Shop. Vintage collectibles in glass cases, shrink-wrapped vintage promotional posters leaning against the walls, and vinyl records grouped by genre.

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Q&A: Meet 'Roxanne, Roxanne' breakout Chante Adams

Actress Chante Adams had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University when she got a call from a casting agent who wanted her to audition to be the lead in the Roxanne Shante biopic "Roxanne, Roxanne." Adams had no feature credits to her name and a background in theater. But the agent saw something in her at CMU's senior showcase, where students perform in front of agents, managers and casting directors, and sought her out.