Spirit (the band)

Fifty years later, the band still sounds great. Spirit has been in news in recent years related to a plagiarism lawsuit against Led Zeppelin over parts of “Stairway to Heaven”. I am not going to get into that, my focus will be on the classic period of the band. Randy California (real name Randy Wolfe), … More Spirit (the band)

Riffing: Music Artists Who Who Utilize the Technique

As a wannabe guitar player, I’m drawn more to smooth sets of chords forming an irresistible melodic progression. A catchy and inventive guitar riff is a thing of beauty for the soul. Riffs seem most closely associated with rock’n’roll, which I agree, but they can be found across musical genres. Riffs catch the ear, and … More Riffing: Music Artists Who Who Utilize the Technique

Lindsey Buckingham

Here’s a guy I’ve never figured out. I’m listening to his new CD and for the most part sounds like every other set of songs for 45 years. Yet there are a fresh song or two. Thankfully. What he and Stevie Nicks brought to Fleetwood Mac has been told many times. When he and Nicks … More Lindsey Buckingham

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

Rusty & Paul

This has been a hard year, with the passing of Rusty Young earlier this year, and most recently, Paul Cotton. These two guys were the band POCO, more than anyone else over the band’s 50 year career. Paul joined POCO in the early 1970s and stayed with Rusty until the early 2000s, then Rusty carried … More Rusty & Paul