The first decade of Jethro Tull‘s half century which we explored here last week, occupying that musical territory only big enough for itself, where ancient-sounding heath-covered acoustic numbers combined with sprawling progressive rock, fitting neatly with the debut This Was to Heavy Horses ten years later. Jethro Tull and its singer/ songwriter/ flautist Ian […]
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This is an encore including Edgar Winter and also Edgar Winter Group lead guitarist Ronnie Montrose prior to his death in March 2012. Songs include “Tobacco Road”,”Keep Playing That Rock’n’Roll”,”Still Alive and Well” with big brother Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer; “Dying to Live”; “Easy Street” mfrom 1974’s Shock Treatment; and three hits from They […]
New York City residents go to great lengths of time and expense to avoid, or at least mitigate, standing in line for the basics of living in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. That knowledge only serves to underscore the fact that thousands stood in extremely long lines recently in a […]
R.E.M. “Murmur” quietly emerged thirty-five years ago and never left my essential music list.
“Are you bootlegging me ?” Legendary Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and even 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 one. […]
Redbeard rocks St Patty’s Day!
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)
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 […]
When I casually run the list in my head of the most significant debut albums in rock history (The Doors, Are You Experienced, Please Please Me, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin 1, Boston, Chicago Transit Authority, Appetite for Destruction, My Generation, Never Mind the Bollocks, Mr Tambourine Man, The Ramones ) invariably I forget to include Can’t […]
…Sting’s sophomore solo release in October 1987,…Nothing Like the Sun, which followed up his first post-Police effort entitled The Dream of the Blue Turtles.