Duane Allman @ 70

6 Nov

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This month marks Duane Allman’s 70th birthday. If you are a fan be sure to check out Talking2musicians.  There’s an epic profile piece, lots of b/w photos brought to life with color, and audio from six Grammy winners talking about Skydog.

What would you do in 1962?

8 Dec

image descriptionIf you’ve read or listened to my interviews, then you know I’ve asked several musicians questions about what they would like to see if they could go back in time.  Day dreaming about time travel seems to be a fairly universal pastime among music lover.

I decided to take it a step further than day dreaming and wrote a bit of fiction for music lovers.  It’s the story of  Nathan Ballew  who has a brush with death and finds himself back in 1962 with his memory from 2013 fully intact.

The only drawback, he’s in the body of an 11-year-old.  So what would you do in this situation?

You can download my eBook Anagrams on Amazon, or read some sample chapers there for free. Here’s the link

Rest in Peace U. Srinivas

3 Oct

A true maestro of the mandolin.

His talent was like a dazzling light, his countenance was as luminous as the moon, and his dedication to music was as constant as the ocean’s tides. Last year I had the privilege of seeing him in concert in Germany and meeting him afterwards. He radiated joy and kindness and his youthful appearance belied his age.
 
On September 9th I was scheduled to interview him for AllAboutJazz.com, but received word the day before that he had been rushed to the hospital and was fighting for his life. His latest work “Bombay Makossa” with the all-star group he formed with Etienne Mbappe and Ranjit Barot (from the legendary John McLaughlin group) was released September 16, 2014. Listening to it you might imagine he had grown up in Africa, and it gives listeners an inkling of the breadth of this musical virtuoso’s incredible gift. My sincere condolence to his family in this difficult time.

What’s Happening at Abbey Road right now?

17 Sep

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Play some Beatles music and enjoy this live feed from Abbey Road.

Check Out Who is NOT in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

24 Aug

After you see who didn’t make it, have a look at who has been inducted

LIVE from DARYL’S HOUSE

11 Aug

(Darius Rucker, Eliot Lewis, Daryl Hall)

Most fans of Live from Daryl’s House (LFDH) will recognize Eliot Lewis as the keyboard player from the house band on LFDH.  In fact, he is a multi-instrumentalist and quite a guitarist.  He and Daryl are the only musicians to have appeared on every episode of the wildly popular Web- / TV-series LFDH.

I just did an interview(link) with Eliot which is now up on the Web’s most popular jazz website.  He has a fascinating musical story, and some interesting insights into LFDH.  As a kid, the father of his best friend was a rock music publicist.  He got Eliot and his freind backstage access to some of the biggest names in early 70s music.  In his early working years he did session work with the highly successful producer Dan Hartman (originally from the Edgar Winter Group) and later toured the world with the Average White Band for over a decade before joining the Hall & Oates Band.

Here is a clip of Eliot playing guitar on a episode of LFDH with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.  This is a fun and wide ranging interview, check it out.

Johnny Winter

17 Jul

Heard the news today that Johnny Winter has died at age 70.  You’ll notice on my post of 25 essential albums from 1960 to 1974 I listed Johnny Winter’s Progressive Blues Experiment.  Talk about being blown away.  I’ll never forget hearing that for the first time.

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