Archive for January 22nd, 2015

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

This old Chuck Willis tune, forgotten in the wake of his early death, gave the Band a chance to let loose — and let loose they most certainly did.

Styx’s James ‘J.Y.’ Young on the lasting impact of Jeff Beck: ‘Perhaps the greatest living guitarist, period’

Styx’s James ‘J.Y.’ Young on the lasting impact of Jeff Beck: ‘Perhaps the greatest living guitarist, period’

For James “J.Y.” Young, Jeff Beck has been a constant, standing as an inspiration from his early successes with Styx through to today.

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

‘Freedom Highway Complete’ makes viscerally clear that the Staple Singers, though they’d moved far afield of gospel, could still rattle the back pews.