Archive for March 28th, 2012

Ricky Skaggs – Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass (2008)

With today’s passing of Earl Scruggs at age 88, we returned to a stirring tribute to the three-finger banjo style of this Country Music Hall of Famer by Ricky Scaggs.

Jerry "Boogie" McCain (1930-2012): An Appreciation

Jerry “Boogie” McCain, the Alabama-born blues harmonica player, has died at age 81. He was best known for a double-sided 1960 hit, “She’s Tough”/”Steady” — the A-side of which was later redone by the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Hand-written David Lee Roth lyrics to Van Halen's 'Blood and Fire': BOOM!

Check out David Lee Roth’s hand-written lyrics for the song “Blood and Fire,” one of the stand-out tracks from Van Halen’s new project A Different Kind of Truth.

Roger Taylor will bring Queen Extravaganza tribute show to North America this summer

Drummer Roger Taylor is bringing the Queen Extravaganza stateside, serving as producer and musical director for his band’s official tribute show.

ZZ Top says new Rick Rubin-produced album may be long awaited, but it won't be too long

Expect ZZ Top’s forthcoming new Rick Rubin-helmed recording to have a lean, old-school feel — similar, in a way, Mescalero, but with fewer tracks, according to Billy Gibbons.

Ellis Marsalis on the term 'jazz': "Music can never be changed by a name"

Regarded as the preeminent modern jazz figure in New Orleans, Ellis Marsalis would have had a sweeping impact as a musical innovator and longtime educator even had he not parented a series of famous jazz-playing sons

On Second Thought: The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang (2005)

So here’s the question: just what, exactly, are aging rock musicians supposed to do as the last few calendar pages flip by? Sure, Roger Daltry sang “I hope I die before I get old.” Things are getting interesting now

Ross Hammond – Adored (2012)

Sacramento, CA-based experimental guitarist Ross Hammond has been making records since 1999, and his latest one Adored features his Quartet of himself, Vinny Golia on saxophones, Alex Cline on drums and Steuart Liebig on electric bass.

Def Leppard – Hysteria (1987)

My history with Def Leppard may have started with Pyromania, one of the greatest hard rock albums ever, but Hysteria holds a very special place in my heart. Like a couple of my other favorite albums of all time (Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime and Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son), it came along at just the right time —Read More

Forgotten series: The Jelly Bean Bandits – The Jelly Bean Bandits (1967)

Sporting one of the most hilarious names imaginable, the Jelly Bean Bandits were (and in fact, still are, as they reunited several years ago) actually a lot cooler than their silly handle suggests.