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Paul Kantner (1941-2016): Fondly Recalling a Jefferson Airplane Concert I Did Not Attend

Paul Kantner (1941-2016): Fondly Recalling a Jefferson Airplane Concert I Did Not Attend

Paul Kantner played the University of Iowa on November 11, 1969 with Jefferson Airplane, but I was in the ninth grade – so no way were my parents letting me go.

Joe Mandica, “I Just Can’t Wait” from A Thousand Miles (2007): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica, “I Just Can’t Wait” from A Thousand Miles (2007): One Track Mind

A poignant paean to his son and daughter, Joe Mandica’s “I Just Can’t Wait” has been made complete with a newly released video featuring intimate images of family.

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016)

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016)

Once again Lucinda Williams excels at making her pain, perseverance and hope relatable to ours, like few others can.

Maurice White (1941-2016): Five Great Earth Wind and Fire Moments

Maurice White (1941-2016): Five Great Earth Wind and Fire Moments

Maurice White, who died today, was the mastermind behind Earth Wind and Fire’s focused, soul-lifting horns, sunburst harmonies and a thrilling propensity for shaken-up textures and rhythms.

King Mud – Victory Motel Sessions (2016)

King Mud – Victory Motel Sessions (2016)

Left Lane Cruiser’s Freddy J IV and Black Diamond Heavies’ Van Campbell combined to make some of the most honest, inspired gutbucket blues-rock you’re likely gonna hear this year.

Toto, “Turn Back” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Turn Back” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

“Turn Back” stands the test of time well on its own, and elevates Toto’s third album – even though it was miscast.

Phil Marshall – Scatterbed (2016)

Phil Marshall – Scatterbed (2016)

Sparsely furnished in the instrumental and arrangement department, but rippling with bare-the-soul prose, Phil Marshall’s ‘Scatterbed’ clocks in as the ultimate rainy day album.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (2016)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (2016)

With ‘Let Me Get By’ the TTB is a full-time, fully mature and fully self-contained ensemble ready to conquer the world. Already, they’re well on their way to doing just that.

The Beatles, “I’ll Follow the Sun” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I’ll Follow the Sun” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

Tellingly, Paul McCartney still occasionally performs the Beatles’ “I’ll Follow the Sun” in concert. It’s an important stepping stone in his artistic development.

Chad Bradford, “Where My Heart Belongs” (2016): One Track Mind

Chad Bradford, “Where My Heart Belongs” (2016): One Track Mind

Perfectly placed instrumentation ties in with Chad Bradford’s rich and deep vocals on “Where My Heart Belongs,” like a cool cross between Joe South and Eddie Money.