Post Tagged with: "One Track Mind"

One Track Mind: Ween, "Gabrielle" (2005)

by Pico A couple of weeks ago we looked at a band who at times sound like a virtual clone of Yes in their prime. This time, we spotlight a musical group who has taken mimicking others to an whole ‘nother level. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman, aka Dean and Gene Ween, have been offering up songs that lyrically areRead More

One Track Mind: Guy Clark, "Stuff That Works" (1995)

by Pico In My Hallowed Opinion, it doesn’t matter much what kind of music it is, if it’s created and executed well, it’s worth listening to. That’s why you don’t have to like crooners to appreciate Sinatra. Or get into reggae to respect Bob Marley. That’s why even though I don’t consider myself a fan of country music, I canRead More

One Track Mind: Spock’s Beard, "South Side Of The Sky" (2002)

Alright, confession time. There are large areas of the musical landscape I listen to pretty regularly but haven’t written about and probably never will. And there’s various reasons for that. For instance, popular releases are bound to be well covered elsewhere, adding my thoughts to it just seems redundant. Then there is the time factor, as in, so much music,Read More

One Track Mind: Bonnie Raitt, "Give It Up Or Let Me Go" (1972)

by Pico Writing about underpublicized blueswoman Rory Block has got me thinking about another blues lady who needs no introduction at all. Everyone knows and respects Bonnie Raitt so much that her gender has long ago ceased to raise questions as to whether she can play with the big boys. Nowadays she just kicks most of these guys’ asses. SteadilyRead More

One Track Mind: Corey Harris – Basehead (1999)

by Pico Several years ago I read an article interviewing Robert Cray. In it he was asked about which up and coming blues artists he was listening to and he mentioned Eric Bibb and Corey Harris. Being a fan of Mr. Cray, I naturally had to check out these aspiring artists to see what the fuss was about. After givingRead More

One Track Mind: North Mississippi Allstars, "51 Phantom" (2001)

by Pico Much like jazz, most young people get introduced to the blues from artists who mix it with a more mainstream type of music, which usually means rock. Twenty years ago Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music was the gateway to the straight blues while the young Jonny Lang led the way there near the turn of the millennium. Today’s bluesRead More

One Track Mind: Robben Ford, "Lovin’ Cup" (1999)

Poor Robben Ford, he’s just too dadgummed good for his own good. Both a versatile and virtuosic guitar player, Ford can sound at home in so many different styles that he’s often struggled to find one that would give him an identifiable imprint. To be sure, everyone who knows guitar knows that Robben is a god, but is he aRead More

One Track Mind: Ray Charles, "Night Time Is the Right Time (Live)" (1958)

by Pico Ray Charles had been such a fixture on the American music scene for so long, it’s still hard to reconcile the fact that he’s been gone for over two years, now. True, it’s been a long time since he had a bona fide hit but his presence permeated our culture through the music of others. But y’all alreadyRead More

One Track Mind: Papa Mali & The Instagators, "Man Of Many Words"

by Pico It was a tough call to make: do I pimp Papa Mali’s entire 1999 release Thunder Chicken or just quickly gush over just one of the tracks? There’s certainly enough tasty bits in Chicken to justify the full unpaid advertisement (and come to think of it, I already wrote the first review of it in Amazon more thanRead More

One Track Mind: Nels Cline, "Compulsion" (2006)

by S. Victor Aaron Heavy metal is not the kind of music I get into that much, but combine it with avant garde jazz and it’s often a whole ‘nother story. Caspar Brotzmann, The Scorch Trio, parts of The Vandermark 5; these guys have a way of making two seemingly incompatible worlds collide but the two genres are probably closerRead More

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