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.
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.
Three distinct genres…three incredible bands…three great new CDs…from the jam-band glory of The String Cheese Incident and the Afro-Pop all-out action Of Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 to The Levon Helm Band, recorded at his Midnight Rambles over the course of many years with very special guests.
“Recovering from a stroke is a long and painful process, something I never thought I would ever have to go through,” Kansas songwriter Kerry Livgren admits.