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

Seals & Crofts

Anyone remember this folk/pop duo that had massive chart success in the early 1970s? They were know for bright, sensitive songs with tight musical arrangements and smart harmonies. Jim Seals and Dash Crofts have been working musicians since the late 1950s. After a long road of bands and initial recordings, their second album for Warner … More Seals & Crofts

Nanci Griffith

With a voice, every bit as distinctive as Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith blended folk, country and pop into vignettes of struggle and joy.  Griffith wrote most of her own songs, and was covered by many other artists, but also released albums of songs that influenced her.  Mary Chapin Carpenter is … More Nanci Griffith

Karla Bonoff

Karla Bonoff is a name you more likely remember as a songwriter rather than a performer, although she charted several albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Three songs on Bonoff’s debut album were also recorded by Linda Ronstadt.  The comparisons to Ronstadt were obvious, aside from providing her material. Bonoff’s style is similar … More Karla Bonoff

Joan Armatrading

A career stretching into five decades, Joan Armatrading is still going strong on the world stage. Around since the late 1960s, she released her first album in 1972. It was her third album, entitled Joan Armatrading (1976) when I first heard her.  The 1970s were drawing to an end and the era of the sensitive, … More Joan Armatrading

Storytellers in Song

Music has always been a canvass for storytelling. Around the campfire, in the family room, the coffee shop, or anywhere people gather for entertainment. Stories in song served to pass along events, unite people with common struggles, share cultural experiences, and touch our souls. Folk songs throughout our history told stories common to the American … More Storytellers in Song