In a world filled with choices, it is my contention that listening to the heavy metal screeching bombast of Cradle Of Filth makes the soothing sounds of James Taylor all the more profound. Likewise, Taylor’s beauty, “Before This World,” makes me yearn for the alt-rock of 311. And vice-versa. It’s all good, as they say.
Playing the songs that have lived on for generations — songs that he wrote with Eric Clapton — Bobby Whitlock and his talented wife CoCo Carmel will travel 5,000 miles to 11 cities on their “Just Us” tour that will feature a different hotshot guitarist in each city.
Allen Klein wasn’t a musician, producer, arranger or composer, yet he altered the course of rock’n’roll by sticking up for his clients against the corporations. He got filthy rich doing so yet the more he made, the more he wanted. This is the story of a megalomaniac who fought battles for Sam Cooke, the Stones, Beatles, Who, Kinks, Animals and Donovan, but lost the ultimate battle for himself.
They come from all over the Northeast and beyond every summer to Bethlehem Pennsylvania for the largest free music festival in the country, now in its 32nd year.
From Jennifer Greer’s heartbreak to Scott Albert Johnson’s wanderlust and the very special Kail Baxley, singer/songwriting has never sprouted up in-between the weeds so prevalently. Add the rockin’ joyousness of Royal Southern Brotherhood and you get a winning four-of-a-kind hand.
Lead guitarist Steve Picou put down his ax for nine years in the 1990s. He had had enough of an industry where Shelby Lynne isn’t a superstar and Taylor Swift is.
Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, John Scofield, Ron Carter, King Sunny Ade, John Medeski, Wayne Shorter, Chris Botti, Steve Miller Band, Erykah Badu, Lucinda Williams, John Mayall, James Cotton, Madeleine Peyroux and Robert Glaspar might be giants but the essence of the upcoming Montreal International Jazz Festival June 26-July 5 are the free shows of Ragtime, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Folk, Rock, hiphop, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Fusion, Gospel, Folk, Pop, and every other imaginable genre!
Seeing Dr. John at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s MusikFest Café is an experience like no other, for it is here where the venue itself is as big an attraction as the artists it brings in.
David Torn takes his electric oud and his guitar to new heights…Pianist Harold Mabern does he does best: make others sound great…Cash Box Kings make the blues come alive…and a man named Voo will woo you.
Spanning the gamut from rustic folk-blues tradition to son-of-a-bluesman soul…from an outstanding live tribute to two late legends by Joe Bonamassa to a Brooklyn collective’s crazy-sick surprises, we’re blogging big this time.