Archive for August 6th, 2012

'Miles really affected me': Marcus Miller talks about Davis' towering influence

Bassist Marcus Miller’s newest release, Renaissance, directly references his time as a member of the Miles Davis band in the 1980s

'A big event in my life': Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston recalls titanic James Brown show

Tom Johnston, longtime frontman of the Doobie Brothers, traces his inspirations past other 1970s rock titans — all the way back to Little Richard, blues legends like Albert, Freddie and B.B. King and, especially, James Brown.

Don’t do me like that: Duped groom ends up getting Tom Petty for reception, anyway

Brian Valentine — perfect name, right? — had a deeply romantic idea for his wedding reception: Book Tom Petty. He’d been engaged, after all, at one of Petty’s concerts in 2010.

Janel and Anthony – Where Is Home (2012)

When it comes to boy/girl musical acts, there’s nothing typical at all about Washington, D.C.-based duo Janel & Anthony. They don’t sing, they don’t play jazz, they sure as hell don’t play pop

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Atlantic City" (1982)

Like so many of Bruce’s songs, a relatively simple story ends up going a lot deeper. So what appears to be a gangland tale presented with cinematic detail, ends up reflecting shadows back onto the listener.

Johnnie Bassett (1935-2012): An Appreciation

Detroit bluesman Johnnie Bassett, a Florida native who only late in life began releasing well-received albums as a leader, has died at 76 after a battle with cancer.