Category R.I.P.

R.I.P.: Tom Petty

On Sunday night, I was at the Nashville City Winery watching a great show by Chris Hillman. The founding member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers was there celebrating his new release which is a great collection of songs produced earlier this year by Tom Petty. For a moment, I fantasized how cool […]

R.I.P.: Jessi Zazu

Sad to hear the news today about Jessi’s passing at the young age of 28. She sure handled her illness with style, and I am sure inspired many with her courage and hope. There is a nice detailed obit here in the Nashville Scene: http://www.nashvillescene.com/music/nashville-cream/article/20975448/musician-and-artist-jessi-zazu-dies-at-28 Here’s a photo I took at a great Those Darlins […]

R.I.P.: Walter Becker

After getting my first real job in the late 70s, I finally bought a turntable. This major lifestyle change had me finally start buying records again instead of 8-Tracks for the car. One of the first LPs I bought was Steely Dan’s Katy Lied. I think for about a year, I played that record every […]

R.I.P.: Glen Campbell

How many other rock music fans like me were foolish and had a delayed appreciation for the great Glen Campbell who died today? While in our younger days we might have thought Campbell belonged more to our parent’s generation and was not cool enough for ours, most of us were ignorant of the fact that […]

R.I.P.: Gregg Allman

When I first listened to FM rock radio back in the early 1970s, live albums meant so much more than they do today. It once took a major record label effort to do what an artist can do now rather commonplace on their own. One live album that really stood out back then was 1971’s […]

R.I.P.: Chuck Berry

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, […]

R.I.P.: Tom Shinness

Local musician and Harp Guitar virtuoso Tom Shinness passed away last evening after a sudden short illness. A true master at this most unusual instrument, Tom’s music served as a soothing and spiritual healing for his many local fans. Watch Tom play his signature instrument, a 1913 Gibson Harp Guitar. As nice a man as […]