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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.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- Rainy Day Women #12 & #35- Gainesville 11-4-93

Maybe I chose this terrific version of Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 and #35", performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at a homecoming Gainesville FL concert in November 1993, because the calendar says 4-20.  But then again, with Tom…

In the Studio 30 Years Ago: Byrds- Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman

In a 24-month period beginning in Summer 1965, Los Angeles-based band The Byrds recorded and released four evolutionary albums which wrested the world's focus from the tidal wave of British Invasion bands led by The Beatles. The members of the…
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Jimi Hendrix Experience-Electric Ladyland pt2-Mitch Mitchell, author John McDermott

Jimi Hendrix and his British trio the Experience created a landmark double album in 1968 called Electric Ladyland,  and   fifty years after its release it may be difficult for many to fully understand the context in which it was made and the…
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Traveling Wilburys 30th Anniversary- the late George Harrison, the late Tom Petty

Each night on the sold out Jeff Lynne/ ELO concert tour, one of the biggest crowd roars comes when Lynne performs a song from his "other band", the Traveling Wilburys, and flashes brief melancholy glimpses of the time thirty years ago when rock's ultimate Dream Team convened at a barbeque attended by Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, with Roy Orbison soon to follow.

Rod Stewart- Every Picture Tells a Story

When the Jeff Beck Group made their American debut at New York City's Fillmore East, no one in the audience watching  the young lead singer Rod Stewart hide behind the backline amps  due to major stage fright could have imagined that the raspy-throated rooster-haired Englishman would become an international star just three years later with his third solo album, 1971's "Every Picture Tells a Story". 

Black Crowes- Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Dedicated to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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...

Rod Stewart- Forever Young- LA Troubadour 4-25-13

In his very entertaining best-selling memoir Rod, confessions are commonplace, including Rod Stewart's admission that he nicked the title and certainly the spirit of his 1988 international hit "Forever Young" off of the Bob Dylan song of the…
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The Band-The Last Waltz- Robbie Robertson

Interview includes the legendary "Last Waltz" concert and subsequent Martin Scorsese-directed film never included Robbie Robertson threatening to leave the band, as has been misreported for years;