In 1974, on an album that her record company of the time (Island) didn’t even want to release, Linda Thompson delivered what is arguably, but probably, the most perfect vocal of the rock’n’roll era. “The Great Valerio,” written by and …
Ray Davies, Suzanne Vega, Paul Weller, The Zombies, and Corinne Bailey Rae are among the artists that were featured on the first series of BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes. The Mastertapes program presents artists discussing and performing songs from an album that was vitally important to their career.
Thompson was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE), presented by Queen Elizabeth, for his “singular and substantial contribution to music.”
It’s hard to say what was the best moment at the tenth annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival last weekend in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park