My first notice of The Knack was seeing a picture in the NME British weekly of Bruce Springsteen joining the band on stage at a Los Angeles night club (October 17, 1978 at the Troubadour). They seemed to be making a splash on the West Coast, and Bruce reportedly was giving them one of his […]

Nashville’s Long Players have now artfully recreated the grooves from about 60 different classic rock records. But, like band leader Bill Lloyd said from the Mercy Lounge stage, “It was about time we did a country record in Nashville.” Their choice was The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the mostly-overlooked at the time, but now-considered […]

Over the years, one thing I’ve learned after seeing David Bromberg perform live many times, is not to expect to hear any of my favorite songs. Popularity has never been a prerequisite for a song to make it on David’s set list. Sorry, did I say set list? That’s something you will also never see […]

Rock ‘n’ Roll’s eldest statesman, Chuck Berry, died today at age 90. I won’t waste your time by adding to all the news reports discussing how influential he was. I first discovered this fact through the admiration he received from other artists when I first started to follow the music scene. Back in the 70s, […]

The latest installment of “Early Shows for Old People” at The Basement brought John Doe to town for a Thursday night 7pm show. Doe, one of the driving forces behind LA punk pioneers, X, was on the last night of a two-week solo tour. After a short set by local Jon Latham, the room gradually […]

Allow me to start off by saying that I am not wild about dogs. It’s not that I dislike them, but there is just no place for them in my life. So, it wasn’t my love for canines that got me to spring for $150 to attend “A Special Engagement Benefitting Bonaparte’s Retreat” supporting Emmylou […]

Midge Ure, best known as the front man for British band Ultravox and Sir Bob Geldof’s co-conspirator in the African-relief benefit single “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” made a rare Nashville visit to the City Winery stage. The show was the conclusion to the second leg of a US tour that started back in October. […]