Sunday, June 25, 2017

John Popper and Blues Traveler have fun on the road

With merriness and laughs for their boundless enthusiasm, this concert is dedicated to the band members of Blues Traveler and also to the Atlanta jam band Soup, especially accordion-harmonica master Drew Margolies for reminding me of John Popper so much in his technique and blowing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Captain Beefheart shows "Too Much Time" without love

The accompanying comments say it all: Don Van Vliet channels Van Morrison better than Van the Man himself. And the funny thing is that Captain Beefheart (Don) was a hit with the "Safe as Milk" LP when it came out--and this little gem could easily fit in the Stax portfolio. SOMEONE has to re-record this for themselves and get famous. I wish Scott Boyer would listen: someone in the Shoals, please tell him he's got the pipes now for it and he'd be great with his own interpretation.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The magic voice and hands of Glen Campbell

His health is getting worse--he's battling Alzheimer's--but once upon a time, Glen Campbell was known for his voice, songwriting skills, and fantastic guitar work both in concert and in the studio, including some of the most important session work recorded.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Boston - More than a Feeling for arena rock

So maybe I'm more of a purist for music than I should be--and Boston used to test those limits when I played them. Yes, I did own one cassette--and that was enough. It seemed to me that Boston had GREAT chops and presentation--but it seemed to be cloned--built from other bands. In fact, there was a band named The Outfield in the '80s who reminded me a helluva lot about Boston. I certainly understand copying other bands for their sounds--but Boston uneasily reminded me that they had a "canned" sound: it was a pinch of this and a scoop of that, like a musical chicken casserole made from leftovers. Credits though to Tom Scholz for playing killer lead guitar, and of course, the late Brad Delp for singing his lungs out like a hero. And I DO enjoy chicken casserole--but not in my ears.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gregg Allman: 1947 - 2017. The Circle of Friends and Music Goes On Forever

His voice, songs, friends, music, and extended family and children remain as inspiration. Thank you, Gregg Allman, for sharing your heart and soul with us through all these years. We have felt and understood your pain and joy mixed as one.