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R.I.P.: Merle Haggard

Well, add classic country music legend Merle Haggard to the list of artists who have passed on this year. Sadly, the man who helped create the Bakersfield Sound died today on his 79th birthday. At this rate, next year’s Grammy Awards segment on obits will take the show into overtime. Merle was certainly a legend, […]

Bob Mehr @ Howlin’ Books / Nashville, TN / April 2, 2016

(Author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements with special musical guests: Bright Little Field and Tommy Womack) Listening to Bob Mehr talk about The Replacements put me back under the spell that reading his fabulous book had me under. It was also like group therapy to be in a room full of […]

John Mayall @ City Winery / Nashville TN / March 8, 2016

Recently, I got involved with a thread about which of rock’s founding fathers I have seen live in concert. Not those who sold millions of records, but those who helped build the foundation of rock and roll. At the time, I felt quite fortunate about who I had seen. But now, my list now seems […]

ON THE ROAD: Hamilton Park House Concerts / Staten Island, NY / Jill Sobule (March 19, 2016) and James Maddock (March 20, 2016)

Those who know me know of my frequent trips home to see my parents In New Jersey. In addition to the quality family time, the evenings usually offer me time to exploit the New York area for my two passions: pizza and music. New York music plans start at http://www.pollstar.com, and this time the site […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Emerson, Lake & Palmer @ Madison Square Garden / New York, NY / December 17, 1973

I suspect that everyone my age may have had a progressive (“prog”) rock phase. The radio, New York City’s WNEW-FM in my case, had a big role in that. In the pre-punk and new wave days of the early 70s, DJs like Alison Steele, had no shame in playing the big prog-rockers of the day: […]

Garry Tallent @ Grimey’s New and Preloved Music / Nashville, TN / March 4, 2016

E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent, who has witnessed more live Springsteen shows than anyone other than Bruce himself, came back to Nashville during a break between River Tour shows in Milwaukee and St. Louis. In addition to catching up on his laundry, Garry managed to squeeze in a record release Friday appearance at his […]

Seven Things I Want to Tell the Boss after Seeing the River Tour: Bruce Springsteen / Yum Center / Louisville, KY / February 21, 2016

After travelling up the road from Music City to Louisville to see a River Tour show, here are a few things I’d like to tell Bruce. What you are doing is incredible! The fact that you are performing The River album in its entirety 35-years after its release is remarkable. This is analogous to hearing […]