This summer, I’ve mostly been reviewing live shows for Nippertown, several a week. http://www.nippertown.com. But I’m talking here about a blues show Aug. 18 in Springfield: Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Backroads Blues Festival co-starring Buddy Guy and Christone Kingfish Ingram. My friend Dennis treated me to the show as a birthday gift. Dennis leads a posse … Continue reading Some Blues Guys →
When music buddy Stephen-in-the-Adirondacks asked about Warren Zevon last week, memories and music ganged up on me, starting with a 1978 Page Hall show – and not just because he jumped off the piano. He climbed to his feet slowly then, with painful effort. “I think I hurt myself, doing that Michael Jackson shit,” he … Continue reading Remembering Zevon →
Late edition – Contrite Thursday… I did it, and I’m SO sorry. I admit it; I caused that ugly snow-mess on Tuesday morning. You know: trees and utility lines down, power out, traffic signals dead and everybody driving like cowboys late for the rodeo. Let me point out that others helped me; I know I … Continue reading Wise Ass Wednesday →
Live Review Good Friday can feel grim for many, but Friday felt very good indeed for mostly-boomer-vintage rock fans filling Albany’s Palace Theater to see Bonnie Raitt and longtime friends NRBQ. Compressing 12 songs into just 40 minutes, NRBQ introduced new numbers from “Dragnet,” their 37th album since 1968, and hopscotched around through so many … Continue reading Bonnie Raitt and NRBQ Pulsate the Palace →
“They always disappoint us,” cynically mused a veteran campaign operative character on “The Wire” after helping elect an insurgent Baltimore mayor to replace an entrenched corrupt one. Hello, Kathy Hochul – and that sure didn’t take long. While making herself readily available to big donors, our new-ish governor ignores the pleas of St. Clare’s Hospital … Continue reading Wise-Ass Wednesday →
Word Patrol Edition Mini-splits: what? “Mini” means small, or smaller than usual; and “split” means divided, usually in two parts. So, bowling? A narrow split between pins left after the first ball? HVAC supplier Fujitsu’s web-site says mini-splits are heating and cooling systems with separate temperature control outputs in different rooms. They’re heat pumps with … Continue reading Wise Ass Wednesday →
They tugged us through a long, dark tunnel, but lit from time to time with love or hope, and showed us the way. Cowboy Junkies singer Margo Timmins explained their roadmap Sunday at The Egg. She said she and her siblings (guitarist and main writer Michael and drummer Pete) would mourn their mother in songs … Continue reading Cowboy Junkies Go Deep, Dark, Beautiful →
Watch this recollection of the late, great Greg Haymes, by his great friend Michael Eck – both dear friends and colleagues of mine. Some parts of Eck’s reminiscence resound particularly. We three went to the Iron Horse in Northampton together once to see Richard Thompson. I think I was the only one with a functioning, … Continue reading Giants don’t vanish from earth, they echo. →
Word Patrol Edition Toss them. Retire ‘em. Kick these to the curb: “Crushing It’ “Killing It’ We all know they both mean to excel, to triumph, to win. But they’re tired and trite. And, in these dumb damn days we hear way too much talk of violence. In fact, there’s way too much actual violence, … Continue reading Wise Ass Wednesday →
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