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Category Archives: Hard Rock
Former child prodigy Joe Bonomassa cut his teeth on blues/rock, playing Stevie Ray Vaughn licks by age 7. B.B. King heard him early and was bowled over. By the time he was 12, Bonomassa was opening B.B. King shows, subsequently touring with Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, Gregg Allman and in 2009 played a stunner of a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall with special guest Eric Clapton. Continue reading
To the uninitiated, Peter Gabriel could be somewhat intimidating, apparently dropped from another planet. His stage presence was carefully crafted and painstakingly performed. Critics claimed that it distracted from the music, which most agreed was top-notch. Continue reading
As much as I’ve always loved Joe Cocker, his unique style (I’d say inimitable but he was extremely vulnerable to impersonation–remember Belushi on SNL?) and his simply electrifying rendition of the Ringo Starr’s “A Little Help From My Friends” at Woodstock. Continue reading
Another twist this week for the Friday Night Concert series…ever navigate YouTube searching out different versions of one song? It can surprise. I started searching Asleep at the Wheel clips (just one), intending to feature it and them. If you … Continue reading
Jellyfish was an alternative band with sophisticated harmonic capabilities, wide influences, and keen pop sensibilities. Having said that, one wonders why they never really broke through. Continue reading
One of the bands that stuck out then was Cowboy Mouth, a high-energy outfit with southern roots and terrific vocals. Their hooks were catchy, their solos great and their sound, unique. I became an instant fan and while I’ve never seen them live they have a reputation for tearing it up onstage. Continue reading
Lindsey Graham, former McCain stalwart and Senator from South Carolina implies that alleged “bipartisanship” sought by President Barrack Obama (I still love typing that!) is little more than lip service by the democratic leader. Forget that he visited the House … Continue reading
Yesterday I heard that law enforcement officials were thinking of prosecuting Michael Phelps for smoking weed, which I find troubling because: on the basis of a picture, how can it be constitutional–there could have been anything in that bowl. As … Continue reading