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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.

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  …

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.

Steve Earle- Tennesse Blues- Dallas Sept 2007

In 1969 Bob Dylan went from New York City to Nashville Tennessee to make Nashville Skyline,  an album that fundamentally altered the courses of both rock'n'roll and country music. In 1986, young Texan Steve Earle went from Houston to Nashville for his debut Guitar Town,  which effectively had a similar influence on both musical worlds...

Steve Earle- City of Immigrants- Dallas 9-07

With the ongoing immigration policy debate, the timing seems right to share the song "City of Immigrants" which first appeared on Steve Earle's 2007 Washington Square Serenade . Here's Steve backed by the stunning ex-Mrs. Earle , Allison Moorer, when…

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 .