There’s a lot going on in the world according to P.F. Sloan. For starters, his biography, ‘What’s Exactly The Matter With Me?,’ reads like a musical version of ‘Forrest Gump.’ (And that doesn’t even touch upon the parts of Sloan’s memoirs that even he admits are bizarre.) So what is reality? Sloan has offered up his take here; we’ll leave it up to you (and a box of salt) to decide.
Even top music experts can be forgiven for believing Bob Lind was a one-hit wonder, as Lind found it tough to sustain the momentum of “Elusive Butterfly.”
Glen Phillips isn’t the type of person to put all his eggs in the proverbial single basket. One of the mainstays of the ’90s chart champs Toad the Wet Sprocket, Phillips has diversified his efforts into a solo career, a successful stint with WPA, an Americana super group of sorts, and at least a trio of other affiliations on an occasional basis.
Yes, “Walking in Memphis” brought Marc Cohn a Grammy, established him as an artist and immortalized him for music fans. But his career didn’t stop in 1991.
A versatile singer, songwriter, guitarist and record label owner, Charlie Farren found national success in the ’80s with his rock trio, Farrenheit, and in the Joe Perry Project, alongside the famed Aerosmith guitarist. Although Farren may not be a household name outside of the Boston area, he is a favorite son of New England who enjoys great regional success and a loyal fan base spanning 40 years, thanks to his ongoing musical projects.
As one of America’s staunchest defenders in musical resistance to the British Invasion of the 1960s, Gary Lewis and The Playboys racked up seven Top 10 songs on the Billboard charts between 1965 and 1966. Despite their chart success, the group tends to be dismissed as a footnote to an epic era, and that’s a shame.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played a prime role in the Americana revolution of the 1960s and 1970s that blended rock and roll with heartland sensibilities.
There’s been plenty of ballyhoo around the 50th anniversaries of The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Beatlemania. But when Kiki Dee marked the same milestone, it slipped under the radar here in the U.S.
Head East co-founder and keyboardist Roger Boyd vows he’ll keep on rocking for as long as he can lift his synthesizer over his head.
When Klaatu formed in the early 1970s, the group’s goal was to create memorable music like that of the groups that influenced them. It worked … in a way.