In the American pop canon, the term "easy" is most associated with three songs: "Easy" by the Commodores, "Take It Easy" by the Eagles and "Easy Lover" by Phil Collins. Lesser known are "Make It Easy" by the Moondoggies and "If I Wanted Someone" by Dawes. But all these songs have something in common, besides prominent use of the word "easy": machismo, bordering on misogyny--save for one.
Sometimes a time capsule can reveal more about the present than the past or at least both in equal measures.
In the case of the Southern California band Baywood, a live recording from 1981 can provide a glimpse into the present as well as a flashback of the West Coast roots-rock scene from several decades ago. First of all, Baywood – featuring Ronny Lee (vocals), Bill Rotella (vocals/guitar), Stewart Marsh (vocals/guitar), James “Sparks” Sinclair (pedal steel guitar), Bill…Continue
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Baywood open up their posthumous live album with “We’re Gonna Have a Party Tonight,” and the vibe is infectious. The group is clearly in a good mood, and the whole set reflects not only the band’s high hopes for pop stardom but explosive chemistry. 32 years later, one can merely imagine what would happen if the group had managed to break through the mainstream and become famous. Alas, country rock was not scorching the charts in 1981; the Eagles were on the verge of splitting up,…Continue
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Shitting on the Eagles is basically a national pastime for hard-core Americana fans. In fact, while there are several brilliant artists that alt-country loyalists are apt to bond over, dislike of the Eagles may be the single most prevalent and unifying force.
Yet while there is ample cause to loathe the Eagles, the band's raw output…Continue
“Peaceful Easy Feeling” as told by Jack Tempchin
Written by Jack Tempchin. Recorded by the Eagles. Released as a single on Asylum Records 12/1/72
Got the email from a musician you know who’s played and recorded with everyone you love. Known him so long I don’t remember when I didn’t. He was always there, always tasty, always someone whose taste was incomparable. Somewhere in the folds and wrinkles of all that life and music, intersections and overlaps happen. He had a friend who produced a record on a songwriter who was good.
Yeah, who didn’t? But Kevin McCormick plays with the very best songwriters. Jackson Browne, Melissa…
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The sweetly melodic folk-pop of Washington, D.C.-based singer/songwriter Tom Nichols delivers an emotionally uplifting alternative to much of the cynicism in the indie scene these days. On his latest album, Trust, Nichols writes straightforward, gently moving songs of life and loss. On “Every Now and Then,” Nichols seems to be singing about the death of a loved one, reflecting on old memories that are tinged with regret and puzzlement. This theme is further reflected on…Continue
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A relatively small group of musicians have had top 10 singles in their careers. An even smaller group have written platinum selling albums. …
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Ultrasounds is collection of recordings I made here, there and everywhere I could over five years. I was experimenting – trying all kinds of sounds and recording techniques with friends of mine. At the time I didn’t imagine they would come…Continue
The cream doesn’t always rise to the top. The easier access that musicians have in producing and releasing their own records has saturated the market with countless garbage – amateur-hour replications of major-label hit-makers, cookie-cutter indie rock, well-meaning but unpolished talent – with the most edible sprouts sometimes lost in the shuffle. Such is the case with Kansas City-based singer/songwriter Dave Ford (…Continue
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