Kansas’ music wasn’t all that told a story; its album cover art also helped to convey the music’s message. Here are stories behind some memorable covers.
David Ragsdale really didn’t want to learn violin; he did it for his mom. Turns out mom knew best, as his fiddle skills became his ticket in to Kansas.
The first time Kansas headlined a rock concert, it was in Pittsburgh, where the metro-area population was that of the prog-rock band’s entire home state. It was also an accident — but that’s another story in the long-lived band’s lengthy history.
Sears, Roebuck & Co. introduced the Gene Autry Round-up guitar in autumn 1932, when American families regularly tuned in to hear the Singing Cowboy.
Listen to any Cream album and it’s apparent that Jack Bruce and the bass guitar are a perfect match. But how he discovered his musical calling? That’s sheer destiny.
Get ready for upcoming events including the Music Collectors’ Convention June 29 in Louisville, Ky. , Record & CD Collectors Expo July 19 in New York. Chicagoland Record Collectors Show July 20 in Hillside, Ill., Newark Record Swap Meet Aug. 17 in Newark, Calif., and Record Show Oct. 5 in Toledo, Ohio.
To walk through the Martin factory and museum is to see the past, present and future of the American acoustic guitar — not to mention the stars’ guitars.
Don’t subscribe to Goldmine (yet, anyway)? Luckily you can find Goldmine at some of the same fine shops where you find your favorite records.
Whether solo or in a group, Ivo Perelman challenges listeners with his avant garde music. Plus, new CDs for Harvey Mason, Oscar Penas, Mike Montrey Band and George Marinelli.
A sprightly, good-timey, catchy, humorous song — complete with some flyin’ fiddle, guitar and delicious two-part harmony — “Cracking Them Things” is arguably one of The Mississippi Sheiks’ greatest records. But it also is one of the group’s rarest, as no copies are known to exist.