Monthly Archives: May 2015

June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash passed away 12 years ago on this day May 15, 2003. She was a daughter from the first family of Country Music, The Carter Family and of course famously married Johnny Cash. She was ranked No. 31 in CMT’s 40 Greatest Women in Country Music. She did so much to promote country music and […]

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Lana and Frances and Courtney

In the June 2014 issue of the The Guardian Lana del Rey, 28, was quoted as saying ,”I wish I was already dead,” after being asked about her heroes Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, who both died at age 27. Not surprisingly, Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain had some comments for her via […]

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American Idol

American Idol’s May 23, 2006 showdown won by Taylor Hicks over Katherine McPhee had over 36 million viewers and 63.4 million votes for the contest (that’s more than we have voted for a US President, people!) It holds the distinction of having the longest winning streak in the Nielsen annual television ratings.  It became the highest-rated […]

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New Music Tuesday

Hello Old Friend(s).  Artists that have been making music for awhile, return to remind me why I loved them in the first place The Traveling Kind follows up Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell‘s first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon, which won a Grammy for Best Americana Album The ten songs on this Leonard Cohen record are rarities […]

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Baltimore

Prince did a wonderful thing for the people and city of Baltimore by performing a “Rally 4 Peace” concert at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena last night, May 10.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Baltimore-based youth charities. He has also created a moving song entitled “Baltimore” “Does anybody hear us pray?/For Michael Brown or Freddie […]

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No Life ‘Til Leather

Metallica is headlining the Rock in Rio festival in Las Vegas this weekend and it’s always fun to start at the very beginning (it’s a very good place to start) and revisit the Metallica demo from 1982 “No Life Til Leather”.  James Hetfield’s growl isn’t quite there yet but the musicianship and intensity that defined […]

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NKOTB

America, you let this happen in the 90s and now New Kids On The Block, TLC and Nelly return to LA to the screams of delight from 30-something women everywhere. Watch at your own peril. And dig those fashion choices.   Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with […]

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1, 2, 3, 4 Songs

4/4 is the basic rock beat.  It’s simple and primal.  There’s nothing sophisticated about it.  You can do it slow or fast.  AC/DC are masters of it.  Hearing both Dee Dee Ramone and Bruce Springsteen count off  in concert is one of the most thrilling things I’ve ever heard in my life. So in honor […]

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New Music Tuesday

Dar Williams published a great piece in American Songwriter on the changing economics of touring.  It reminded me that even though I do love the availability of streaming, it’s still important to support the artists and actually buy a physical copy of the music.  Not only does that put more change in the artists pocket […]

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May The Fourth Be With you

It’s a great time to celebrate Star Wars day.  The countdown has started for the release of Episode 7 as each day brings us closer to The Force Awakens and further away from the memory of Episodes 1, 2 & 3. Speaking of clunkers, fans like to pile on to The Star Wars Holiday Special and […]

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