Welcome to the April 2010 Issue

This month we’re featuring the “new” Jimi Hendrix album Valley of Neptune, Raheen DeVaughn’s The Love and War Masterpeace, plus Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday and Chicago blues singer Tail Dragger’s latest release on the Delmark label. Among the historical compilations are sets devoted to Christine Kittrell (Bear Family), Mance Lipscomb (Arhoolie), and Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways, along with Next Stop . . . Soweto: Township Sounds from the Golden Age of Mbaqanga (Strut).  Also featured is the two-CD deluxe reissue of reggae artist Junior Murvin’s Police and Thieves. Wrapping up this issue is Soul of the Church, the first DVD release of classic episodes of TV Gospel Time from the early 1960s, and two books from University of Illinois Press—a history of Cincinnati’s King Records, and the biography of Chicago deejay Richard E. Stamz.