The Act You’ve Known For All These Years

Embed from Getty Images The Hunt For New Music: “It was twenty years ago today, when Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play”….—Sg. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lennon-McCartney)Editor’s Note: Actually, it was more than 50 years ago that “Sgt. Pepper’s” was introduced in America. In celebration of that event, there are several posts and […]

Summer Weekend Concert Series: Dr. John at the Newport Jazz Festival, 2016

A video of Dr. John performing at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2006. The video is very good throughout but there is a bit of an audio issue in the beginning of the set. Stay with it. Thanks to the  Newport Jazz Festival and Funk and Reggae for sharing. The Fine Print: Special thanks to […]

Transitions: Dr. John (1941-2019)

Above: Dr. John doing an extended  version of “Such a Night”, one of his best known hits. Good music and excellent photography. Perfect for setting the tone for a piece to remember a musical legend.  “Such a Night. Sweet confusion under the moonlight….”   –from “Such a Night” by Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) Mac Rebennack, […]

The Weekend Concert Series: Aretha Franklin Meets the Blues Brothers

The Hunt for New Music: A classic that always brings a smile to your face: Aretha Franklin with her great performance of “Think” from “The Blues Brothers” movie. The direction by John Landis is spot-on and very, very, sharp–notice how he doesn’t bring the Blues Brothers into the choreography until late in the video. Absolutely […]

The Weekend Concert Series: Chuck Berry

The Hunt for New Music: A classic to honor a classic: Chuck Berry live at the BBC, in 1972, with Rocking Horse. The camera work is very good (you would expect it from the BBC) and the sound is surprisingly clear (from the soundboard). We lost Chuck Berry this past week but he’s going to […]

Bruce Springsteen Plays Chuck Berry

Paying Attention: To get an appreciation of how deep Chuck Berry’s influence went, you just have to look at the royalty of rock&roll and their performances of  his music. Here’s a great clip  of Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band doing the Berry classic “You Never Can Tell”. It starts off as rock&roll classic and […]

Transitions: Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

Paying Attention: “You know, my temperature’s risin’ And the jukebox blowing a fuse My heart’s beatin’ rhythm And my soul keeps on singin’ the blues Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news…” –from Roll Over Beethooven by Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson Berry died on Saturday. He was 90 years old and he was known […]

The Snow Weekend Concert Series: Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004

The Hunt For New Music: It’s a winter weekend. Maybe you’re stuck inside because a blizzard is raging outside. Maybe you don’t want to watch the NFL playoffs. Maybe what you want to watch is a little blues, a lot of Eric Clapton, a bunch of good music played by very accomplished musicians—each of them […]

The Snow Weekend Concert Series: Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004

The Hunt For New Music: It’s a winter weekend. Maybe you’re stuck inside because a blizzard is raging outside. Maybe you don’t want to watch the NFL playoffs. Maybe what you want to watch is a little blues, a lot of Eric Clapton, a bunch of good music played by very accomplished musicians—each of them […]