Songs from the Cradle of Rock ’n’ Roll
JK Rockets (SCJ Corp.)
Inspired by his illustrious past as the lead guitarist for rock ’n’ roll pioneer Bill Haley and the Comets, Chester County’s Johnny Kay sat down with fellow “Rockets” Bill Rapp and Stan Kay last November to rekindle those glory days. Fun, lively and full of heart, Songs from the Cradle of Rock ’n’ Roll is a worthy blast from the past.
Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!
Various Artists (Epic Records)
Culled from a nationwide pool of YouTube submissions by
college a cappella groups, this 15-song effort puts a novel spin on tunes by acclaimed alt-rocker Ben Folds. Among the many standouts, West Chester University’s Gracenotes delivers an at once uplifting and brooding version of “Fred Jones 2.” Even better is the stirring rendition of “The Luckiest,” performed by the Washington University Amateurs from St. Louis.
The City Tavern Cookbook: Recipes from the
Birthplace of American Cuisine
By Walter Staib (Running Press, 384 pages)
Had enough of yuzu sauce, obscure micro-greens and low-carb diets? Then you’re the target audience for this revamped classic by Philly’s well-heeled culinary ambassador. Equally appealing to home cooks and history buffs, The City Tavern Cookbook offers 300-plus recipes for things like chocolate mousse cake, sweet potato biscuits, chowders and stews, sweetmeats, cobbler and more.