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Grand Funk Railroad: Chuggin’ Along

All over America in the late 1960s, teens were forming…

Sonic Youth: No-Wave Wavemakers

They never had a Top 10 album, but Sonic Youth…

About Faces! (and the Small Faces)

They were Mod until they turned psychedelic. They were Small…

Wanda Jackson: the Queen of Rockabilly

In the tiny town of Maude, Oklahoma, Wanda Jackson came…

Pat Benatar: Rock is Her Battlefield

Brooklyn-born Patricia Andrzejewski wanted to be an opera singer. Instead,…

The Strokes: Indie Rock from The Big Apple

Plenty of major groups have made their name in New…

Johnny Cash: American Icon

Johnny Cash is part of America’s DNA. In a way,…

Diving Into Dire Straits

It was the late 1970s in London. Two guitar-playing brothers…

Tracy Chapman, Redux

Some pop stars wear the glamour of fame and fortune,…

Steely Dan, Redux

Steely Dan has such a smooth sound, it’s easy to…

Patty Griffin: Finding True Purpose

Sometimes it takes a while to find your true purpose…

The Kinks: Well Respected Men

In suburban North London circa 1960, two talented brothers, Ray…

A Taste of Bread

Although Bread was a Los Angeles band, its roots stretched…

Alison Krauss: Reinventing Bluegrass, Reanimating Country

For many people, the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers movie…

Band of Brothers: Kings of Leon

Hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago when…

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Rod Stewart

Born in 1945 in North London, Rod Stewart grew up…

Patsy Cline: Country Music Groundbreaker

Country music groundbreaker Patsy Cline was born in Winchester, Virginia,…

Tina Turner: Finding Her Own Voice

Tina Turner is a textbook case of a talented woman…

Talking Heads: This Ain’t No Fooling Around

Recently I had the pleasure of seeing the live show…

John Legend: A Modern Twist on R&B

It’s no surprise that John Legend wasn’t born with that…

Sam Cooke: Legendary Soul

Sam Cooke was only two years old in 1933 when…

Roy Acuff: Country Music Originator

It’s fair to say that singer Roy Acuff was one…

Randy Newman: Cinematic Storyteller

Randy Newman’s uncles Lionel, Andrew, and Emil Newman were all…

The Band: Pulling Their Weight

When Canadian rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins put together a backing…

Alicia Keys – She’s Ready

From grooving on Chopin and Satie at the piano and…

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Let Her Into Your Heart

Winning five Grammy Awards is impressive enough, but when four…

Kate Bush: Musical Heights

There was always music, poetry, and dancing in the house…

Beastie Boys: Licensed to Thrill

The experimental music scene in New York City in the…

Led Zeppelin: Into the Rock and Roll Stratosphere

When the British band The Yardbirds split up in 1968,…

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: The Unbroken Circle

If you know anything about the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,…

Beck: Where He’s At

Let’s talk lo-fi. Not on the listening end, of course,…

Joan Armatrading: Showing Some Emotion

Joan Armatrading never caught on in a big way in…

Chet Atkins: The Country Gentleman

He was known as The Country Gentleman, and his guitar…

Shining Stars

When he was a teenager, Tennessee native Maurice White moved…

Reflections on Echo & the Bunnymen

When his Liverpool-based band called the Crucial Three broke up…

Otis Redding: Deep Soul

Few musicians in history have been industry game-changers to the…

ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas

In 1969, songwriter and guitarist Billy Gibbons started a band…

Tracy Chapman

Some pop stars wear the glamour of fame and fortune,…

Jackson Browne

From mourning dying love affairs to raging against the political…

Red Hot Chili Peppers

A bass player named Flea is the group’s most stable…

Eurythmics

Singer Annie Lennox and guitarist David A. Stewart began working…

Steely Dan

Steely Dan has such a smooth sound, it’s easy to…

Richie Havens

Born in 1941 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, with heritage from the…

Joni Mitchell

In 1943, Alberta, Canada released a musical wood sprite into…

The Police

For some reason, The Police are best known today for…

James Taylor

James Taylor turned 70 this year. Before the Boston-born and…

The Clash

It’s one thing to help invent a genre, but it’s…

Jefferson Airplane

When Marty Balin turned a San Francisco pizza joint into…

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac just launched a six-month North American tour, tickets…

R.E.M.

On October 19, 2018, Craft Recordings will release the box…

Peter Gabriel

Until May 2018, Peter Gabriel resisted allowing his solo albums…

Imogen Heap

In the 20 years since her first album appeared, British…

The Who

They’re one of the defining bands of rock music, but…

Dan Fogelberg

There was a time when Dan Fogelberg’s albums sold like…

Marianne Faithfull

In the 1960s, British storyteller-in-song Marianne Faithfull fascinated fans as…

Queen, After the ’70s

When they officially formed as Queen in 1973, the four…

Spandau Ballet

The London punk scene was wearing some musicians out. People…

The Pogues

When a band’s original name – Pogue Mahone – is…

Melissa Etheridge

With her raw, unabashed voice and truthful lyrics, Melissa Etheridge…

The Isley Brothers

While the Isley Brothers may have started out singing gospel…

Leon Russell

One of his best-known songs was named after a science…

Siouxsie and the Banshees

There once was a time before “goth” was a meaningful…

The Killers

Until the Killers came on the scene, the phrase “Las…

Journey

Journey didn’t start out as a stadium band roaring out…

Steve Winwood & the Spencer Davis Group

It was 1963 in Birmingham, UK, when guitarist/songwriter Spencer Davis…

Queen in the ’70s

Now that the first trailers have been released for Bohemian…

Etta James

Born to a single teen mom and passed around foster…

Deep Purple

Deep Purple was originally called Roundabout because its founder, drummer…

Billy Joel

He hasn’t made a rock album since 1993, but he…

Howard Jones

Just a scrawny English kid with spiky hair, a bunch…

Rush

Intelligent, philosophical, and complex, yet still hard-rocking enough to keep…

Tori Amos

Crossover artists seem to become fashionable in waves. Still, there…

Cream

While American audiences obsessed over four mop-topped Liverpudlians called the…

Al Green

Al Green loved Elvis Presley as much as he loved…
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