Articles by: Tom Wilmeth

What I Learned From Elvis Presley: An Appreciation

What I Learned From Elvis Presley: An Appreciation

As a kid in the ’60s, Elvis Presley’s hit-making era was dim and distant. Blame the Beatles. Blame Oswald. Blame television. But it was true.

Glen Campbell (1936-2017): An Appreciation

Glen Campbell (1936-2017): An Appreciation

I didn’t get decked, and I did ask Glen Campbell to sign my album.

Bruce Springsteen Bassist Garry Tallent, April 22, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Bruce Springsteen Bassist Garry Tallent, April 22, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Garry Tallent assured us that this “was not going to be any four-hour concert.” He laughed, “I only know one person crazy enough for that!”

Dave Mason, April 15, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Dave Mason, April 15, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

In spite of various career frustrations, Dave Mason’s name recognition was sufficient to pack the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee.

Marty Stuart, April 7, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Marty Stuart, April 7, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Marty Stuart calls his backing band the Fabulous Superlatives – and, the thing is, they live up to his claim on every tune.

Captured! By Robots, March 28, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Captured! By Robots, March 28, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I’ve never seen anything like Captured! By Robots, and I’m still not sure what to make of it.

Florentine Opera Company, March 17, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Florentine Opera Company, March 17, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

This wasn’t just any opera; this was the Florentine Opera Company presentation of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni.’ But that meant little to me, I confess.

Chuck Berry, June 1972: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Chuck Berry, June 1972: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I did not know Chuck Berry was a black man until he stepped on that Des Moines stage.

Jamey Johnson, Feb. 24, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jamey Johnson, Feb. 24, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jamey Johnson is confident and solid, offering straight-ahead country music that’s performed with conviction.

La Original Banda el Limon + Banda Maguey, Feb. 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

La Original Banda el Limon + Banda Maguey, Feb. 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

La Original Banda el Limon, Banda Maguey and others performed at the gorgeous Eagles Club Ballroom – a space built for the likes of Glenn Miller.

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