Jimi Hendrix and his British trio the Experience created a landmark double album in 1968 called Electric Ladyland, and fifty years after its release it may be difficult for many to fully understand the context in which it was made and the world into which it was subsequently released. When Hendrix had been “discovered” […]
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By Spring 1968 Jimi Hendrix had returned triumphantly to the US from London after fifteen months, having electrified the rock world with two smash albums, the revolutionary debut Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold as Love. It was all being organized by veteran English musician Chas Chandler of The Animals who had given up pop […]
Jimi Hendrix mutated rock’s DNA, we have been trying to decode the Hendrix genome for half a century.
In the Studio thirty years ago: Grand Funk “Closer to Home” 3-13-89 with Mark Farner and Don Brewer.
For American Black History Month…Living Colour live”Cult of Personality” Electric Lady Studio NYC 1990
Ask any of Robert Cray‘s biggest fans ( who include Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, and Jimmie Vaughan ) and they all agree that Cray is the total package: movie star handsome, soulful voice, reserved demeanor, with a stinging guitar style that is much more “Steve Cropper” than “Stevie Ray“. But it is Robert […]
In February 1973 Alice Cooper‘s sixth album Billion Dollar Babies was released, eventually going to the #1 sales perch in both the US and UK. Forty-five years ago, we all thought that Marshall McLuhan, Andy Warhol, and Alice Cooper were being facetious with their hyperbolic predictions about electronic fame’s impact on society. We laughed then, […]
Another stellar live performance, no overdubs, by the Robert Cray Band at Dallas club Redux in July 1987, “Smoking Gun” and the album Strong Persuader resulted in Cray being heralded by no less than legendary Dallas native Steve Miller as “…the most important contemporary blues singer/guitarist/songwriter since Jimi Hendrix.” Recorded impeccably by In the […]
With a band named after a Jimi Hendrix album, and sounding like Free meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, how could I not love this band? Great guys too in Cry of Love, including the true heart guitarist Audley Freed who grew up idolizing Southern Rock icons Allen Collins and Duane Allman, as well as lesser known blues […]
AC/DC original lead singer Bon Scott’s generous body art and ear studs, plus his affable demeanor, made Scott appear less like a rock singer and more like a character out of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”…