World-class songwriting skills, an ear for experimenting and feral stage presence: Just imagine how Eddie Cochran would’ve shaped music had he lived longer.
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. So what is the exchange rate behind the the raw emotion of Blind Willie Johnson’s performance of ‘Dark Was the Night — Cold Was The Ground’ (Columbia 14303-D).
Rosanne Cash’s latest solo effort, ‘The River & The Thread’ sews up her place in country music history while bringing her musical past, present and future together.
Armed with his want list and his wallet, Dr. Disc is shopping his way through independent record shops. This time, he visits Fantasyland Records in Atlanta.
Early in my career, the radio in my ancient, bare-bones SUV could only pick up two FM stations’ broadcasts for the duration of my daily commute — one country, one oldies, with an emphasis on the mid-1950s through the 1960s. Because I didn’t want to lose my will to live during the 25-mile drive, I picked the oldies station. And it made me glad all over.
It feels as though someone has turned the clock back to the mid-’80s, then flipped reality to “reverse,” as music lovers are dump CDs in favor of vinyl LPs.
In the ’60s, RCA was unsure how country music’s mostly white audience would receive singer Charley Pride. So they sent out his first single without a publicity photo. Pride’s music spoke for itself on the record, and the singer’s charisma did the rest when he went out on tour.
With his first solo LP “Raise the Curtain,” Jon Oliva debuts progressive songs in the vein of ELP, Yes and Kansas. Here are 10 albums that inspired him.
The names Boyce & Hart are typically viewed as mere subscript on 1960s hits, especially for The Monkees. But songwriters are finally getting their due.
Sammy Hagar has turned over a whole new (agave) leaf since his days in the spotlight with Van Halen. He’s swapped his leather pants for shorts and sandals. He’s turned from a very avid tequila consumer into a tequila tycoon. And he’s switched focus from sex, drugs and rock and roll into family, friends and finding fulfillment with the music he makes.