Archive for September 14th, 2013

The Band, featuring Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson

The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 (2013)

The Band’s initial live release found them off-handedly overhauling their catalog, rather than attempting to simply replicate it.

‘I just was always insecure’: A tough childhood drove Sammy Hagar’s business acumen

‘I just was always insecure’: A tough childhood drove Sammy Hagar’s business acumen

Sammy Hagar’s move into non-music related business was not a matter of happenstance. The former Van Halen frontman’s drive to create these fallback positions grew out of a harrowing childhood experience.

Adam Larson – Overdue Ovation (2013)

At the beginning of this year Adam Larson was a young, uber-talented saxophonist and composer full of promise. Less then nine months into the year, he’s fulfilled much of that promise with two distinctly different releases.

On Second Thought: Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984)

On Second Thought: Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984)

Mark Knopfler’s amazing career is enhanced by the American release this month of his two discs, twenty song album, Privateering , but let’s take a look back at a lesser known but perhaps his most amazing release

‘A really big deal’: Guitarist Colin Linden on connecting with Bob Dylan on stage

‘A really big deal’: Guitarist Colin Linden on connecting with Bob Dylan on stage

Guitarist Colin Linden, whose career has included memorable intersections with Bruce Cockburn and Emmylou Harris, is no stranger to big moments on big stages.

Jimmy Webb – Still Within the Sound of My Voice (2013)

Never one to reach out to the millions, songwriter Jimmy Webb has yet been a potent musical force since his first success in the 1960s.

‘I definitely paid my dues’: Adam Lambert remembers his difficult path to fronting Queen

‘I definitely paid my dues’: Adam Lambert remembers his difficult path to fronting Queen

Some of Adam Lambert’s staunchest fans tend to get defensive when his history in American Idol is mentioned — and not just because he finished second.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “River Quay” (1977)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “River Quay” (1977)

Before Watercolors digs back into introspection (which I will get back to next week) we have River Quay, extending what appears to be the introduction of the sound of the Pat Metheny Group.