Tag Archives: Nick Lowe

Ranking Records: Nick Lowe

I’m back again this time to look at the 14 studio LPs from one of my all-time favorite artists, Mr. Nick Lowe. Again, his is another record catalog that I have had the pleasure of experiencing in real time since Nick’s debut in 1978. The “Jesus of Cool” has sure made some great “Pure Pop […]

Ranking Records: Rockpile

With only four records to rank, our fourth installment also spends some time looking at the history of this great band which featured Dave Edmund, Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams. One of the best live bands ever to hit the stage, you will also hear about some famous live shows and some other […]

Cruel to Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe by Will Birch

The recent rash of biographies of my contemporary musical heroes is sure making me feel my age. Self-written tomes by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, and Squeeze’s Chris Difford were three that I had a hard time putting down. Having lived through the cycles of their record releases and touring, I was able to slot my […]

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Review with Los Straitjackets @ City Winery / Nashville TN / December 5, 2015

If I think back to 1978 when I first saw Nick Lowe on stage wearing the green suit of Batman’s nemesis the Riddler, I never imagined that I would one day see him crooning Christmas songs. The fact that he was backed by four guys wearing Mexican lucha libre wrestling masks seems to make more […]

R.I.P.: Bobby Irwin

British rock drummer Bobby Irwin died this past Friday (March 8, 2015) in England after a long illness. The much loved and admired Irwin spent most of his life there except for a stint in the Eighties when he lived in San Antonio, Texas after marrying a local girl. Irwin’s career first took hold as […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Little Village @ The Terrace (SXSW) / Austin, TX / March 13, 1992

Back before Austin’s South by Southwest music extravaganza grew out of control, it was actually something that a commoner like myself could enjoy. Case in point was one of 1992’s featured separate admission shows (though only a mere $5): the lone Austin appearance on the lone tour of rock “super group” Little Village. With John […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Paul Carrack’s Noise to Go featuring Nick Lowe @ Bonham Exchange / San Antonio, TX / October 7, 1982

  Nick Lowe’s tenure with Rockpile must have found him comfortable sharing the spotlight with a musical mate like Dave Edmunds. For when that band’s members went their separate ways in 1981, Lowe’s next band featured another singing partner with a pop music legacy. In 1982, Lowe teamed up with keyboardist Paul Carrack in a […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Dave Edmund’s Rockpile featuring Nick Lowe @ The Bottom Line / New York, NY / October 25, 1978

I have already covered my love for Rockpile in this space, but this show at The Bottom Line was a special one. On a short sabbatical from work to study for my CPA exam, I was low on both time and funds. It had been over a month since I had seen a live show […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Rockpile @ The Palladium / New York, NY / August 20, 1979

In late 1976, Manhattan’s Academy of Music on East 14th Street changed its name to The Palladium. Throughout the 70’s, this former movie theater served as a prominent concert venue hosting many great shows under both names in the City. Sadly, the Palladium was converted to a nightclub in the 80’s and later demolished in […]