L-r (Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel) Robbie Robertson: “I had, with Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan, played guitar through your brain. I had played raging, screaming solos. When I started playing guitar it was with a vengeance. It was with … Continue reading The Band (Part 3) – The Woodstock Years
Levon and the Hawks, circa 1964. Sax player Jerry “Ish” Penfound on left. Yes, they wore suits in those days. Together with bass player Rick Danko, Levon Helm formed one of the finest rhythm sections to ever put a groove to a beat, and a … Continue reading The Band (Part 2) – Enter Bob Dylan, Strummer
In the late ’60’s, bands like Cream, Vanilla Fudge, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience were trailblazing the way towards long bluesy jams. Howlin’ Wolf’s version of Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful,” is less than three minutes long. On Wheels of Fire, Cream managed to stretch it out to almost … Continue reading The Band – (Part 1) – 1,000 Miles from Toronto to Turkey Scratch
There is a site called Quora where people can ask and answer questions on a variety of topics. A question similar to the one in the title was posed by a reader and answered by a gentleman named Tom Higley to whom, all credit. I … Continue reading Why The (Relative) Dearth of Bands That Can Sell Out Arenas?
Larry Coryell, one of the pioneers of jazz fusion, died on February 19, 2017. The obituaries on him in the press were pretty accurate. But on looking through WordPress feeds, I could find not one word about him. Perhaps his heyday was long enough ago … Continue reading Larry Coryell – Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire
My Songs I Love – as opposed to Song of the Week – are tunes that, for me, have withstood the test of time. “Radar Love” is Music Enthusiast-certified as one of the greatest driving songs of all time. (Double whammy: song about driving that’s … Continue reading A Song I Love – Radar Love – Golden Earring
Melody Maker – “Ray Davies’ finest hour … beautifully British to the core.” Allmusic – It’s a detailed and loving song cycle, capturing the minutiae of suburban life, the numbing effect of bureaucracy, and the horrors of war. I’ve dug The Kinks for a long time. … Continue reading Featured Album – Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – The Kinks