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Jeff Healey 1966- 2008

…(cont) every headline before and since the cancer-related premature death of blues-rock phenomenon Jeff Healey March 2, 2008 has included the qualifier “blind guitarist” , as if Healey’s mind-blowing facility and unique technique on the instrument,his more-than-competent rich vocals,his uncanny choice of material,and Jeff’s wicked ultra-dry sense of humor were less defining of the man than his inability to read the drive-through menu at Taco Bell…(more)

George Harrison’s 75th Birthday, pt 2

My second George Harrison interview that focused on his return to performing in England for the first time in over 25 years on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall; the support of his longtime friend,Eric Clapton; and several examples of his delightful impish sense of humor. And I chose to display this photo of George on stage at the Albert Hall with the late Gary Moore on April 6,1992 .God bless them both, together again for eternity .-Redbeard

Steppenwolf 50th Anniversary- John Kay

Steppenwolf should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if only for, in early 1968, introducing the world to the term and sound “…heavy metal thunder” in the song “Born to Be Wild“. That and other iconic songs  “Magic Carpet Ride”,”The Pusher”,”Rock Me”,”Move Over”, Hoyt Axton‘s “Snowblind Friend” were all recorded in rapid […]

James Brown Live at Volunteer Jam 9- Nashville Jan 1983

We continue our celebration of American Black History month with this unreleased historical musical moment .The Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have been signed by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964 , but that simply changed the law in America . Hearts and minds would be another thing entirely , a fact recognized by the Funkadelic 1970 album title “Free Your Mind (and Your Ass Will Follow)” . On January 23 , 1983 I witnessed the true integration of one of the last holdouts from diversity, the Nashville music community , when as part of his annual Volunteer Jam series , host/organizer Charlie Daniels presented the legendary James Brown to headline Volunteer Jam 9 …(more)


Alice Cooper- Billion Dollar Babies 45th Anniversary

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, […]

Little Feat- Dixie Chicken- Waiting for Columbus- Bill Payne, Paul Barrere

Two significant anniversaries occur this month and this year of personal favorite “desert island discs”, the eclectic Dixie Chicken ‘s  45th and the live double album from 1978, Waiting for Columbus, looking at its fortieth anniversary, both by national treasure Little Feat. If only musicians and music writers voted for the Rock and Roll Hall […]


Van Halen 40th anniversary- Eddie & Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony

The four original members of Van Halen, guitarist/songwriter Eddie Van Halen, big brother drummer Alex Van Halen, lead singer/lyricist David Lee Roth, and ex-bass player/backing vocalist Michael Anthony are all unanimous in this classic rock interview in their recollections of their unaided efforts before signing their record deal and releasing that now-legendary debut, Van Halen,  […]

Robert Cray- Smoking Gun- Dallas 1987

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 […]