The Wrecking Crew

It’s so cool to see a documentary like this finally see the light of day.  In the spirit of other “rockumentary” films, it’s refreshing to see these previously unsung musicians finally get their due.   Like Motown’s The Funk Brothers, and the guys at Muscle Shoals, The Wrecking Crew shines new light on the session musicians that recorded the songs that became the soundtrack of our youth. Not only is the Wrecking Crew story itself part of rock n’ roll history , but the years long process it took to get the film financed and produced is fascinating. pledgemusic.com has a great write ... More on The Wrecking Crew →

The Art of McCartney

When it comes to tribute albums they are usually either really great or not worth a second listen.  But the magnitude of The Art of McCartney album is just so massive…it’s like the holy grail considering the huge catalog of Beatle songs and Paul McCartney solo tracks redone by so many different artists. It’s a great mix of old and new, in the way these oh so familiar songs are redone and the way each song is interpreted by the artist, each in turn taking their salute to one of the most successful songwriters of the twentieth century. It’s no wonder it ... More on The Art of McCartney →

Jack Bruce 1943 – 2014

RIP Jack Bruce…an awesome bass player and composer who’s performed with some of the greats…from the early groups Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc. and Graham Bond Organisation, to the supergroup Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, and far beyond that. His many other projects include collaborations with Gary Moore, Robin Trower, John Mcaughlin, Leslie West, Tony Williams, Corky Laing, Carla Bley, and Ringo Starr’s All Star Band, as well as his own big blues band.  Jack Bruce also worked as a session man with Lou Reed on Berlin and Frank Zappa, with whom he co-wrote Apostrophe. Jack’s released thirty solo albums, including ... More on Jack Bruce 1943 – 2014 →

Uncut Interview with Eric Clapton

The August issue of Uncut Magazine featured a great interview with Eric Clapton, revealing some very introspective aspects of the guitarist’s life.  Thanks to my brother David for sharing it with me, thus inspiring this post.  In fact he brought up a good point, in that this interview seemed to pick up where Clapton’s autobiography left off. Clapton shares his thoughts in the Uncut interview about how life on the road has become unbearable, his latest album (a tribute to J.J. Cale,) and the prospect of retirement.  Thanks to Uncut Magazine and interviewer Graeme Thomson for the insights into one of our ... More on Uncut Interview with Eric Clapton →

Robert Johnson…remembering the King of the Delta Blues

Today we remember the King of the Delta Blues… Robert Johnson, (May 8, 1911 – Aug. 16, 1938) whose influence has been felt all over the blues and rock & roll world. On the album Me And Mr. Johnson, Eric Clapton pays tribute to Robert Johnson, reknown as the most mythic figure of the blues era, and covers 14 of the 29 songs Johnson wrote and recorded in his 27-year lifetime. One hundred years ago, a boy-child was born in Mississippi – a dirt-poor, African-American who would grow up, learn to sing and play the blues, and eventually achieve worldwide renown. In the decades after his death, he has ... More on Robert Johnson…remembering the King of the Delta Blues →
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