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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)

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Rolling Stones-Let It Bleed- Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor

“They were pretty normal, actually, for a rock’n’roll band,” says Mick Taylor laconically In the Studio, who at the age of 21 replaced Rolling Stones founding guitarist Brian Jones  in July 1969 in front an estimated quarter million fans in London’s Hyde Park. “Even though they were incredibly popular and had lots of hit records, […]

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Eric Johnson- Desert Rose-Dallas 6-14-86

Austin Texas-based phenomenal guitarist/ composer/ singer Eric Johnson released Europe Live   fourteen track collection June 2014. Though well known as a studio perfectionist, nevertheless it was on stage in the late 1970s to mid 1980s where Eric Johnson first made his reputation as a supremely gifted guitarist well before  his debut album Tones was released […]

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Lynyrd Skynyrd-Second Helping-Gary Rossington,Ed King

Sure, the Lynyrd Skynyrd legend inevitably circles back to their first album Pronounced   and the epic “Free Bird”, but don’t let revisionist history fool you: this April 1974 follow-up, Second Helping,  is the incredibly strong album which busted them wide open, & not just because of the rebel singalong “Sweet Home Alabama”. Just look […]

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Bad Company-Desolation Angels-Paul Rodgers,Mick Ralphs,Simon Kirke

Five years after their 1974 debut album made them a “super group”, there was real concern that Bad Company had augered in with a collective faceplant due to a dearth of strong material and sheer exhaustion from a non-stop cycle of recording and touring. After three consecutive million-sellers in as many years, the British foursome […]

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Paul Rodgers “Burning Love” unreleased demo 2-93

“Are you bootlegging me ?” Legendary Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and even recently Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers with me February 1993 in a studio somewhere in the desolate outskirts of Los Angeles, proving that even a legend needs an audience when there’s a new song needing singing, even if it’s only an audience of […]

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Joe Bonamassa-Best So Far

Just in case you have not been  paying attention since the beginning of the twenty-first century- like maybe on an interplanetary mission to Mars and back- let’s catch you up on the dizzying career of American guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Joe Bonamassa. On a Guinness Book record-setting pace since his 2000 debut New Day Yesterday at […]

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Sting- The Last Ship, pt 1

Here In the Studio  we were both honored and thrilled in Fall 2013  to be able to share Sting hosting a very personal discussion of his family history, centered in the shipyard of the Northern England seaport city of Walls End/ Newcastle, where “your casket is sealed with a riveter’s gun…” and retold as fable as […]

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Huey Lewis & the News-Sports

In spite of his all-American boyish good looks and refreshingly matter-of-fact charm, upon closer inspection you will find in Huey Lewis‘ life ( born Hugh Cregg III ) a series of contradictions. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Huey claims in our classic rock interview to have “grown up as a lower […]