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There is a point, when listening to a music created with a specific vision where looking back connects us to the present and the shows us the road to the future.Continue
Posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment
“He passed away, that doesn’t mean he’s gone.” Arlo Guthrie
Sometimes it seems life spins us through a series of circles and cycles. Along the way we find the wise ones; heroes we call them. Our cultural heroes sit uncomfortably on a pedestal we make for them. When we have the opportunity to get to know them, the once famous legends in our eyes, become human with strengths and flaws like the rest of us. Of course, that’s because they are the ‘rest of us.' This has…Continue
Posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:30pm
by Terry Roland
There is no one more infectious in their passion and energy for music than Richie Furay. The former co-founder of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, now going into his 70th year, shows no signs of letting up. In fact, in a recent phone conversation from his Colorado home, he stated with his own brand of energy and…Continue
Posted on February 12, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments
There is great joy in the blues. It’s an irony easily overlooked. But the North Mississippi Allstars on their 2013 release, World Boogie Is Coming, bring it on so completely it’s almost overwhelming. This is not your ordinary blues-rock trio. It’s as if these artists could have been plucked from the streets of Tupelo in the late ’40s when Sam Phillips was scouting for the likes of Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf,…Continue
Posted on January 19, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments
There is an unbroken line that runs through the deep South like a river. It can be traced through history, through the anguished soul of the land and its people. It's where our nation divided itself during the Civil War. It's where the restless outcry for justice gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement. The South has been destroyed and rebuilt. It has been enslaved, judged, condemned and made to conform. But, it has also given birth to an angel-muse that spoke through the music and…Continue
Posted on January 4, 2014 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments
Today, Rick Danko, a key member of The Band, arguably the best American group of the last 50 years, would have been 70 years old. He died in his sleep in 1999. According to legend and fact, reality and lore, Danko was everything a rock and roll musician should be; wild, free, funny, excessive, childlike and wise as an owl. Unfortunately, that meant an early death as well. He was part of the trio of vocals( including Richard Manuel and Levon Helm) that helped to give The Band it's…Continue
Posted on December 29, 2013 at 3:30pm — 44 Comments
Once, when I interviewed "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" songwriter, Jack Tempchin, he said the writer's greatest tool is a deadline. While I see the wisdom in his statement, I am a walking contradiction of the concept. I get a deadline, I forget, I procrastinate and eventually, the blessed event has come and gone. So, as Stephen Stills once famously said, for what it's worth, here's mine.
But first, let me say, I found 2013 in Americana music to be exceptional. Many of new…Continue
Posted on December 20, 2013 at 11:30pm — 12 Comments
There is nothing more unique than the sound of the human voice. From it comes all of the sounds of our spirit, our emotions, our deepest selves. Today, I sit here in the warmth of a small apartment, the rain pouring outside onto the Pasadena streets as I listen to the Blind Boys of Alabama defy time and spiritual boundaries to sing their love songs to Jesus. “Hold Me Jesus(in the Palm of Your Hand)” resonates and implodes into my weary brain with near perfect harmony and the raw,…Continue
Posted on December 18, 2013 at 11:00pm