Innovative Guitarists

Let’s assume Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Duane Allman are in the discussion for best guitarists, however you would rank them. Let’s look at some other innovative and versatile guitarists. These players are responsible for defining the sound of their bands, or their own trademark … More Innovative Guitarists

Favorite Band Member

Here is a list of bands. I have picked by favorite member that band. It could be I like their songwriting, or their musicianship or their persona. I picked bands usually with more than three members and where it was not one dominant personality, like the Electric Light Orchestra or Dire Straits. 10cc – Eric … More Favorite Band Member

1971: Music From 50 Years Ago

What a great mix of musical styles. Pop, rock, heavy metal, R&B, blues. This was the singer-songwriter era too, the laidback Southern California sound. Carole King would have the largest selling album with Tapestry, the touchstone for the singer-songwriter generation. Other landmark albums were: Led Zeppelin IV, Fragile, Who’s Next, Sticky Fingers, Aqualung, What’s Going … More 1971: Music From 50 Years Ago

America (the band)

“A Horse With No Name,” “I Need You,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Ventura Highway” and others. Big hits of the early 1970s. Two years ago, I saw them in concert and marveled at how good they sounded. Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley are celebrating 50 years together this year. America hit the big time right out … More America (the band)

New Chicago

I really wanted to like this version of the band, but it’s hard to. I like the old songs, everything prior to 1980, but it’s been a bumpy ride ever since. My other blog, Old Chicago, lays out my love for the band. Tonight, I watched a concert video recorded recently of the current line-up. … More New Chicago

Old Chicago

No, not the pizza place. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Served hot. Chicago Transit Authority has changed a lot over 50 years. For one, they shortened their name to just Chicago many years ago.  The band has three periods. The Kath period. The Cetera period. And Since Cetera Left. The Cetera period produced a lot of schmaltzy … More Old Chicago