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Steve Earle- Guitar Town 35th Anniversary

"Guitar Town " Steve Earle shares here In the Studio on the thiry-fifth anniversary of his #1-charting Country debut in March 1986: "I'm a straggler from what was going on in Austin and Nashville in the mid-70s. I had good teachers, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, B.W. Stevenson...when I first got to Nashville on any given night, you could go to Guy's house. And he'd have everybody, from the street level where I was to Mickey Newbury and Neil Young, with the guitar going around. So it was a good place to learn. Then, basically cocaine sort of created a caste system  and killed that real fast!"

Steve Earle- Days Aren’t Long Enough

"Days Aren't Long Enough" originally found on Americana mainstay Steve Earle's 2007 Washington Square Serenade   is the 21st century replacement for "Auld Lang Syne", performed live In the Studio in Dallas in 2007 by the former Guitar Town  …
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John Mellencamp- Scarecrow 35th Anniversary

John Mellencamp's "Scarecrow"  album released in August 1985 was loaded with hits, including "Small Town","Lonely Ol' Night", and "R.O.C.K. in the USA".  His list of Top 20 hit songs is extensive enough to require the double-disc "Words and Music"  compilation, but it was the album tracks starting with Scarecrow's   "Minutes to Memories", worthy of inclusion in the great Paul Simon songbook, which revealed his songcraft to me.

The Band- Stage Fright 50th Anniversary- Robbie Robertson

The Band's sublime third effort,  "Stage Fright" , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as  fathers of  the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have  been one of rock's first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson ("The Weight","The Night They Drove Ol'Dixie Down","Up on Cripple Creek","The Shape I'm In") helps me make that case.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival- Cosmo’s Factory- John Fogerty

How then do we explain Creedence Clearwater Revival and their five hit albums in three years, leaving the best for July 1970's "Cosmo's Factory" , all written, arranged, produced, and sung solely by John Fogerty fifty years ago? Enjoy my very rare classic rock interview.

Roger McGuinn- Chestnut Mare- Dallas 1991

Roger McGuinn takes requests. We discovered that fact when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legendary leader of The Byrds brought that unmistakable voice and trademark twelve string guitar to my Dallas radio show not long after the release of…

Neil Young- Harvest

Neil Young delivered "Harvest", his most popular and , perhaps, most influential album in February 1972. Only Bob Dylan's groundbreaking "Nashville Skyline"... the touchstones for the whole Americana musical genre.

John Mellencamp- Martha Say- Dec 1991

I spent part of my Christmas holiday 1991 in an A-frame cabin with a woodburning stove in the still snow-covered woods among the hills and "hollers" of Central Indiana's Brown County . But we weren't there for skiing or even simply to chill out . Instead , I was there to record the private rehearsal for the upcoming John Mellencamp tour .