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What American Pharoah racing at Monmouth Park could mean for the Jersey Shore racetrack

MONMOUTH PARK (NJ.com) – Monmouth Park officials have no idea how many fans will enter the racetrack gates for the 48th running of the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational until shortly before Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah hits the track after 5:30 p.m. Sunday.”It could be 60,000, it could be 80,000,” said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development, which operates Monmouth Park. …read more

Bottles thrown at officers trying to disperse large crowd in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK (NJ.com) — A police officer sustained minor injuries after he was hit by a bottle while trying to disperse a large crowd in the city Thursday night. …read more

3 pension funds sue New Jersey for billions in damages

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Three public workers’ pension funds are suing New Jersey for billions in damages, claiming the state government breached contracts when it contributed less than planned. …read more

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Sonny Landreth – The High Side

Sonny_LandrethSonny Landreth’s new album, Bound By The Blues, marks a return to the slide guitarist’s musical roots. It presents a bold, big-sounding collection of recordings that climb to stratospheric heights of jazz informed improvisation, swagger like the best of classic rock, and inevitably remain deeply attached to the elemental emotional and compositional structures that are at the historic core of the blues.
With Landreth’s mountainous guitar tones and nuanced singing leading the way on its ten songs, Bound By the Blues is a powerful tribute to the durability and flexibility of the genre, and to his own creative vision. It’s also a radical departure from his previous two albums, 2012’s classical/jazz fusion outing Elemental Journey and 2008’s guest-star-studded From the Reach.
Bound By the Blues, the guitarist’s twelfth album, pivots on the song “Where They Will.” Its gloriously chiming cascades of six-string, and the refrain “Let the blues take me where they will,” serve as a musical blueprint for the album. “The blues has been a big part of my journey for the past 40-plus years,” Landreth attests. “Some of the numbers on this album are among the first I learned. I wrote ‘Where They Will’ about my relationship to blues – letting the music lead me to new sounds and improvisational passages, and introduce me to things I haven’t played before.”

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