The King Is Dead

BB King

Wherein Sam Taylor and I come to terms with the passing of a legend…

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Lewis Allan Reed

RIP to a staggering genius

RIP to a staggering genius

Doug and Sally inside
They cookin’ for the Down Pipe
Who’s staring at Miss Rayon
Who’s busy licking off her Pig Pen
I’m searching for my mainline
I said I couldn’t hit it sideways
I said I couldn’t hit it sideways
Aw just like Sister Ray said
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“Psychedelic Pill” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

On his new album, Neil Young is looking back at over 40 years of making music, and he isn’t sure how he feels about it. Continue reading

The Sky Is A Landfill

Jeff Buckley was the last of an endangered species. Continue reading

PAGE TUNER: The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon & Yoko Ono

I’ve spent the last month devouring music books. One of my recent finds was an old, weather-beaten original copy of “The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon & Yoko Ono” (a limited pressing, later republished as All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono). I actually had read it years ago, but as I’ve aged, so have my views of John. He’s arguably the most influential musician of all time; another Beatles book I have read described him as “Saint John, Patron Saint of Angry Young Rockers”, which I think accurately summarizes his legacy in popular culture. Continue reading

RIP Earl Scruggs

 

Earl Scruggs was a innovative instrumentalist who helped to define American music in the 20th century, and as a result influenced every banjo player who came afterwards. Continue reading

Ivory Joe Hunter

Talented, stylish, and gifted with a strong, smooth voice, Ivory Joe Hunter was the self-proclaimed Baron of the Boogie in the 1940s and 50s. He was a gifted pianist, singer, and songwriter, who worked his way up from hosting a radio program, eventually starting his own record company to press his first single. Continue reading

Shannon & Elliott

Shannon Hoon left this world on today’s date, as did Elliott Smith. Continue reading