Archive for April 2nd, 2014

Asia’s John Wetton turned to Toto guitarist when Steve Howe left: ‘My first choice was Steve Lukather’

John Wetton says Asia approached a familiar name when Steve Howe left to focus on Yes last year: Steve Lukather, who had previously worked with Wetton and Asia in the early 1990s.

One Track Mind: Jack White, “High Ball Stepper” from Lazaretto (2014)

One Track Mind: Jack White, “High Ball Stepper” from Lazaretto (2014)

A gloriously off-kilter instrumental blues from Jack White, “High Ball Stepper” advances the rootsy weirdness that made 2012’s Blunderbuss such a fizzy wonder. It will catch a groove, then devolve into a wide-open space of ruminative piano, then evolve again into a blister of smeared guitar sound. Is there such a thing as prog blues?

‘That went along with budget saving’: Steve Cropper on lost scenes from The Blues Brothers

‘That went along with budget saving’: Steve Cropper on lost scenes from The Blues Brothers

For all of the fame the Blues Brothers franchise belatedly afforded Steve Cropper, he says the original 1980 film actually had several scenes cut that would have showcased Cropper and his pipe-smoking, bass-playing bandmate in Booker T. and the MGs, Donald “Duck” Dunn.

Wishbone Ash – Blue Horizon (2014)

Ghosts follow bands who’ve been at it this long. For Wishbone Ash, no album goes without comparisons to Argus. No vocalist takes the mic outside of the long shadows of Martin Turner, not even Andy Powell — who, like Turner, helped found the group.

One Track Mind: Future Islands, “Seasons (Waiting On You)” from Singles (2014)

By all rights, this should not be my kind of thing. A synth-pop band fronted by a singer who’s bubbling over with earnestness? Sometimes, the “rules” just do not apply.

Richard Marx is back for another song with Ringo Starr: ‘Dude, I’ll make time!’

Richard Marx’s second songwriting intersection with Ringo Starr, following the 2010 track “Mystery of the Night,” has allowed him far more latitude in creating with the former Beatles star.

Deep Cuts: Styx’s ‘Midnight Ride,’ ‘Shooz,’ ‘Queen of Spades,’ others

Deep Cuts: Styx’s ‘Midnight Ride,’ ‘Shooz,’ ‘Queen of Spades,’ others

Although remembered for pop hits like “Come Sail Away” and “Babe,” Styx began as the Midwestern answer to Yes or King Crimson.

‘It makes me dream in CinemaScope’: The E Street Band still provides spark for Bruce Springsteen’s muse

‘It makes me dream in CinemaScope’: The E Street Band still provides spark for Bruce Springsteen’s muse

Even as the E Street Band follows Bruce Springsteen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, some 15 years after the Boss’ induction, putting their impact on his career into perspective remains difficult.

‘I know who’s doing that’: Deep Purple’s Don Airey felt a familiar presence during tribute to Jon Lord, Gary Moore

‘I know who’s doing that’: Deep Purple’s Don Airey felt a familiar presence during tribute to Jon Lord, Gary Moore

Don Airey takes fans into the emotional sessions for “Adagio,” a song from All Keyed Up where the keyboardist pays tribute to both Jon Lord, whom he replaced in Deep Purple, as well as former bandmate Gary Moore.

Oran Etkin – Gathering Light (2014)

Oran Etkin brings a childlike wonder to the clarinet, which is not just a passing comment in his case; the clarinetist and saxophonist has a school that teaches smalls kids up to age ten about music in an open and effective way through his Timbalooloo method.

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