The Islander (2022) tells the story of Chris Blackwell’s life in music, and of the rhythms of his soul, his deep, spiritual love for Jamaica and the people there who he felt an enduring connection. A white man, of privilege, the struggles and inequality, as well as the joyous spirit of the Jamaican people were … More Chris Blackwell: Founder of Island Records
The fourth studio album by the group Traffic, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys is a fascinating album. If you are debating which Traffic album is their best, you might pick John Barleycorn Must Die (1970) or Traffic (1969), both worthy contenders. My pick is the album I’m writing about in this blog. Each … More The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1971)
Blind Faith was a musical group formed by Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker after Cream broke up, Steve Winwood after Traffic temporarily broke up, and bassist Rich Grech. The term “supergroup” was attached to Blind Faith, a dubious label and omen of what was to come. The group recorded one album, Blind Faith, released in … More Blind Faith (1969)
The debut solo album by Dave Mason, who had been a member of the group Traffic. Forty-nine years later, this may still be Mason’s best album. It’s a gem. The songs are bright, the sweet smell of optimism that the early 1970s brought. This is a guitar album, folksy, with a natural aire to it. … More Dave Mason: Alone Together (1970)
“Feelin’ Alright”. One of Dave Mason’s most enduring songs. Written about 50 years ago. In his 70s, Mason is still going strong. This summer, he’s touring with another guitar immortal, “The Colonel” Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs, Blues Brothers). Unfortunately, there are no tour stops in my city. It has been about three … More Dave Mason
The most famous record producer of the classic rock era was George Martin but next in line was probably Jimmy Miller. Never heard of him? You’ve heard the music he produced. I’ll get that in a minute. Miller was an American but he had his greatest success with British artists. He was a singer and … More Who is Jimmy Miller?
Steve Winwood brought his fifty-five year career to Kansas City for his “Greatest Hits Live” tour. Winwood tours consistently, and his last stop here was as a supporting act. This time he filled the 2,400 seat Uptown Theatre with an enthusiastic crowd waiting to enjoy a trip through his lengthy catalog of music. The … More Steve Winwood: Roll With It