Looking for Rhyme or Reason Within R&B

What could be more perplexing today than trying to define rhythm and blues? Record company executive Jerry Wexler is credited with creating the term, using it to define the music popularized by African-Americans living in metropolitan areas during the 1940s. It made perfect sense at the time, with Chicago serving as a prime example. Jazz … More Looking for Rhyme or Reason Within R&B

Following Careers of Independent Artists Leads to Meet-and-Greets Twelve Years Down the Road

There were distinct advantages to being a music critic at a daily newspaper prior to the advent of the internet. I was always getting stuff in the mail. Granted. A lot of it was junk, similar to wh… Source: Following Careers of Independent Artists Leads to Meet-and-Greets Twelve Years Down the Road

Following Careers of Independent Artists Leads to Meet-and-Greets Twelve Years Down the Road

There were distinct advantages to being a music critic at a daily newspaper prior to the advent of the internet. I was always getting stuff in the mail. Granted. A lot of it was junk, similar to what we now call spam. But, I occasionally received some really neat stuff. Back in the day, small, independent labels … More Following Careers of Independent Artists Leads to Meet-and-Greets Twelve Years Down the Road

“Judas!” Leads to 36-CD Box Set from Bob Dylan

I’m not a fan of live albums. Most are a disappointment. Either the sound quality of the recording is horrendous or the sound system used couldn’t adequately reproduce the artful effects created in the studio. The same goes for the live shows themselves. I’m often left wondering if the artist has any true talent or … More “Judas!” Leads to 36-CD Box Set from Bob Dylan

“Barside Jive” Releases Interview with Cheap Trick’s Drummer Bun E. Carlos at Mary’s Place in Rockford

As promised, here’s DC’s Youtube interview with Bun E. Carlos, drummer and founding member of Cheap Trick. It was recorded at Mary’s Place in Rockford, Illinois, which is hometown to Carlos and — your’s truly. It’s very extensive, running for more than two hours. If you pay close attention, you can even learn how to play … More “Barside Jive” Releases Interview with Cheap Trick’s Drummer Bun E. Carlos at Mary’s Place in Rockford

Youtube Music Show to Air Interview with Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos from Mary’s Place in Rockford

I’ve always loved Rockford, Illinois. It’s my hometown. It’s certainly had its up and downs, but its always supported a vibrant music scene. Numerous bars catering to live music have come and gone, but one has withstood the test of time, partly due to its steadfast commitment to promoting live music. It’s the oldest bar … More Youtube Music Show to Air Interview with Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos from Mary’s Place in Rockford