When I’m Sixty-Four

When you are ten years old, 64 seems unimaginable. Grandparents are that age. Hey wait, I’m a grandparent! Impossible!! I’m nine months into my 64th year. What a year it’s been. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. From the pandemic to the loss of a loved one to establishing life as a single to contemplating … More When I’m Sixty-Four

Layla Revisited: The Tedeschi-Trucks Band

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, recorded by Derek and the Dominoes, was released in 1971. A two-record set, it was the only recorded studio album of Eric Clapton and Duane Allman playing together. The band would tour briefly (without Allman) and eventually release a live album, but like the other Clapton bands, would dissolve … More Layla Revisited: The Tedeschi-Trucks Band

Skunk Baxter: Rock Star & Missile Defense Consultant

Nothing says rock & roll like discussing missile defense systems and guitar string bending. Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter can do both. “My big thing is to look at existing technologies and try to see other ways they can be used, which happens in music all the time and happens to be what terrorists are incredibly good … More Skunk Baxter: Rock Star & Missile Defense Consultant

Bob Dylan: Springtime in New York (1980-1985)

Another bootleg release from Dylan’s vault. This one is a treasure. Material is pulled from the sessions that produced three of Dylan’s best albums: Shot of Love, Infidels and Empire Burlesque. Dylans’ early-mid 1970s period was fertile with some of his most inspired work, followed by a few unfocused and weaker works. The period of … More Bob Dylan: Springtime in New York (1980-1985)

Steely Dan Live!

For nearly 50 years, Steely Dan was principally Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, augmented by a constantly changing cast of session and touring musicians. For much of that time, Steely Dan did not tour, by their own choice. Late in their career, when new records did not sell, touring I suspect helped to pay the … More Steely Dan Live!

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