Music to My Ears

Django, Act 4

In 1940 the Nazi war machine engulfed France and Paris…

The Gift

My dear wife Diana is one of those who begin…

The Great Christmas Hymns

I was brought up Catholic because my mother was Irish…

The Bonzo Dog Band and the House on Daleville Road

I discovered the weirdness of the Bonzo Dog Band in…

The Adventures of Jeff Beck: The Finale

On March 9 and 10, 1981, Beck went on a…

The Adventures of Jeff Beck: Third Movement

Sorting through the flotsam that is rock lore to figure…

The Adventures of Jeff Beck: Second Movement

December 1965 found the Yardbirds recording an album in America…

The Adventures of Jeff Beck: First Movement

Geoffrey Arnold Beck was a war baby, a term exclusively…

NRBQ

In 1966 two kids who were not being watched carefully…

The Wildweeds

“I’m listening to WDRC BIG D in Hartford!” In 1967…

Django, Act 5

On January 29, 1947, Django Reinhardt landed in New York.…

Bear: The Owsley Stanley Story, Part One

In this new three-part series, you and I will explore…

Django, Act 3

The Hot Club On a night in 1934 Django Reinhardt…

Django, Act 2

[Act 1 of the Django Reinhardt story appeared in Copper…

Django, Act 1

January, 1910, on a cold evening in Liberchies, Belgium a…

Listless

Last Christmas I was up late with my boys drinking…

Steppenwolf

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench,…

Sean Costello

At times in everyone’s life someone comes along that thoroughly…

John Prine

If you google The Voice of Our Generation what pops…

Arthur “Another Blind Guy” Blake

I’m not going to apologize for that. Think about it.…

Christmas and Us

When I was a kid, on Christmas Eve I heard…

The Music Lesson

I have found a book written by one of the…

Tom Waits – Our Beat Storyteller, Part One

He was born when lightning struck a distillery near Pomona,…

The Wrecking Crew: The Legends Behind the Hits

In 1966 Sonny and Cher were recording a song with…

John Mayall Part Two – The Turning Point

As mentioned in a previous column (Issue 130), John Mayall…

Chick Corea Returns to Forever

Armando Anthony Corea, known to the world as “Chick,” passed…

John Mayall: British Blues Pioneer

Let’s get the silly stuff out of the way first.…

Those Christmas Movies

I don’t live my life by many rules. Basically, I…

Frank Zappa – The King of Freaky’s New Movie

A new documentary named Zappa will be released by Magnolia…

Giraffes and Whipped Cream Return: Frank Zappa

This article originally appeared in Issue 18. We decided to…

Home for the Pandemic

I will open with a YouTube video of the Holderness…

Bessie Smith Part 2

I am always interested in transitory events whether they be…

Travis Wammack – Memphis Royalty

We’re going to visit a guy today who is known…

Leland Sklar: The Bearded One

In the 1970s I was in a record shop in…

Little Richard: The Architect of Rock and Roll

This incredible story is about one of the most influential…

John Prine – In Spite of Himself

I did a Copper piece on John Prine a year…

Bassic Necessity

In his Issue 108 column Dan Schwartz related that Paul…

The Gear That Changed My Life – The Bass Series

I am going to explore some bass stuff for a…

Bear: The Owsley Stanley Story, Part Four

In 1976 Steely Dan released The Royal Scam, their fifth…

Bear: The Owsley Stanley Story, Part Three

By accounts, in early 1967 Owsley “Bear” Stanley (click on…

Bear: The Owsley Stanley Story, Part Two

As reclusive and protective of his identity as Owsley “Bear”…

The Sounds of Christmas: Batteries Not Included

I grew up on Ash Drive in suburban Connecticut.  When…

Southern Rock and The Allman Brothers: The ReRebirth of the Blues

In March 1971 the Allman Brothers started a three day…

Toon Town!

I think  was in my teens before I realized that…

Johnny B. Goode:
Johnny Winter

The car went over a heave in the road and…

Bebop Deluxe

Mankind astounds with creativity, stupidity, ingenuity, and levity. The same…

James Cotton:
Mr. Superharp!

We lost James Cotton on Thursday, March 16, 81 years…

You Got to Funkifize

I started to write a column about Tower of Power,…

Steely Dan: Do It Again

No story about the Dan can be told without raising…

Sounds of 2016: Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

The turning of a year is a minor celestial accident.…

Blue Christmas

My dear wife Diana is one of those that starts…

We’re All Bozos On This Bus

(sound of thunder in the distance..the only sound in the…

Roamin’ in the Gloamin’: John Hammond

John Hammond was born into wealth in 1910 to John…

Growin’ Up Together: Stevie Wonder

I remember vividly the first time I heard ‘Sir Duke’…

Bluegrass In the Dark: Doc Watson

I have to tell you, blind musicians fascinate me.  Not…

Giraffes and Whipped Cream: Frank Zappa

Two of my kids have a cat with decidedly uncatlike…

Felix Pappalardi, Nantucket Sleigh Ride

A band named Mountain, that in its most potent form…

Swing, Swing, Swing

I was about 15 and home sick for the day.…

Swang!

“The Texas Playboys are on the air!” With two quick…

Jerry Garcia

If you were born on August 9, 1995, you’re turning…

Jaco

When I started out playing bass, like all novices I…

The River Runs Through It: Rick Hall

Trains and rivers run through America like blood brooding through…

Bessie Smith Part 1

The Lord was walking through the Garden. He was knitting…

And The Beat Goes On

I have a recurring dream. I’m standing backstage at a…

Hoagy Carmichael, Part 2

Back at IU Hoagy was going to class and stopped…

Hoagy Carmichael, Part 1

Hoagland Carmichael The sound of the neighbor’s rotary mower preceded…

Charlie Patton: Father of the Delta Blues

It’s June 1929.  A young man in his early thirties…

Rock This Town: Rockabilly, Part 2

During the 1960’s rockabilly was mainly heard on the nostalgia…

Move It On Over: Rockabilly, Part 1

Dave turned onto 13th Ave that runs west out of…

The Blues: Willie (who was also blind) Johnson

Out of one the darkest periods of our history came…

Nat King Cole: For Sentimental Reasons

In 1926 Nathaniel Adams Cole was 7 years old and…

John Hartford

One day about twenty-five years from now, When we’ve all…

What If Christmas Sucks?

Old Joke.  There are 10 kinds of people in the…

The Band, Part 2: From Dylan to The Last Waltz

There were many remarkable moments in the history of The…

The Band, Part 1:
The Hawks

First we need to talk about Ronnie Hawkins.  The Hawk…

Satchmo

The Roaring 20’s changed life in America in radical ways. …

Dippermouth

January 1, 1901 was a Tuesday in steamy New Orleans. …

Jethro Tull
Beggar’s Farm

Jethro Tull was a intriguing lawyer and agriculturist whose life…

Syd Barrett: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Yer not! Am too! But we just stopped. Yeah, that…

Deep Purple—In Rock

Ok.  This is how shit happens. In 1967 Chris Curtis,…

Hey! Hey! It’s the Monkees!

In 1966 I was 12 and the world was 9.…
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