Entries by Red Beard

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Eric Johnson-Europe Live

The kind of gushing, jaw-dropping reaction to Austin guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Eric Johnson has been pretty much consistent since he started attracting heady praise in the mi-1970s as guitarist in the Electromagnets. By 1980 Eric Johnson was already developing an almost mythical reputation as a spectacular player, enough to garner the cover story of Guitar […]

Ann Wilson- Hope and Glory 2007

On Ann Wilson‘s birthday, here is a present from her : a highly personal solo album of carefully chosen covers, Hope and Glory,  at a time when US wars were raging in two separate countries with no end in sight. And the “A” guest list of performers with whom Ann duets  include no less than […]

Charlie Sexton-Wishing Tree-Dallas May 1995

Austin Texas-based musician Charlie Sexton‘s career arc resembles more an electrocardiogram, with stops as a Bob Dylan protege, solo in the mid-’80s, then the probably too-good-to-last Arcangels with Double Trouble’s Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, plus Eric Clapton acolyte Doyle Bramhall II. But Charlie Sexton can write and sing with just the most basic of accompaniment […]

Steve Earle- Copperhead Road- Dallas 1988

In 1988 Texan Steve Earle and I were sitting by the pool on the patio of Dallas’ former Greenville Avenue Country Club bar/ restaurant when he put this acoustic guitar with the huge sound on his knee and belted out “Copperhead Road”, his five minute movie-in-your-mind. – Redbeard Steve Earle in 1987 (right), and with […]

Steve Forbert- Rock While I Can Rock- Dallas 1992

You can dock me points for the minimalist recorded sound, but Steve Forbert‘s “Rock While I Can Rock” scores big time in the attitude column now even more than when he performed this in 1992. Recorded live solo one man band right off the dance floor at Arlington Texas’ Baja Beach Club, ignore the radio […]

Crosby, Stills, Nash,& Young-Almost Cut My Hair-1974

There is a harmonic convergence this Summer in the collective world of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young of a magnitude rarely seen before. Graham Nash‘s autobiography Wild Tales has received great reviews; Neil Young has been performing some one man acoustic shows this Spring before adoring audiences; David Crosby’s Croz album released this year is […]