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

Underrated Albums

Here are 25 albums that failed to get the love they deserve. These albums have taken a backseat in the artist’s catalog, perhaps without benefit of a charting single or surrounding a band lineup change. It may have gone out of print or the rights became tied up. Quality music fails to connect for a … More Underrated Albums

Best Drum Grooves

The job of the drummer is to drive the train. The exceptional drummers do so taking you on a journey you’ve never traveled. The best grooves get your attention, but aren’t showy. Yes, drummers can be self-indulgent with exaggerated playing, tiresome soloing and drum kits that need their own zip code. It’s very difficult for … More Best Drum Grooves

Recording Engineers

Back in the old days, music was recorded in an actual recording studio on analog tape machines. In the early days of the Beatles, engineers wore white lab coats and neckties. Experimentation was frowned upon and only certain approved personnel could touch the knobs. There was no school to learn the process of sound or … More Recording Engineers

Eric Clapton: Survivor

Eric Clapton, is arguably the world’s greatest guitarist. He’s certainly in the conversation for most influential guitarist.  Clapton as been written about for five decades, even writing his own autobiography, so what can I possibly write about E.C. that hasn’t been said many times before?  My comments are not judgemental but understanding his life helps … More Eric Clapton: Survivor

Heavy Cream

A friend and I were talking about the legacy of British bands, and he mentioned the band Cream. Cream was never one of my top picks but their influence and specter is hard to ignore. The musical period 1966-1968 has to include a discussion of Cream. It would be like probing the planets of the … More Heavy Cream