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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Being Laid Back with Greg Allman and Other Southern Rockers

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top joins Greg Allman on stage.
Last night, my wife Judy and I attended the Greg Allman-curated Laid Back Festival here in Atlanta.

The Festival had been postponed twice, 1st for an injury to ZZ Top base player Dusty Hill and then for the hospitalization of Allman for severe pneumonia.

We sat through 3 great performances - the hot new Georgia band Blackberry Smoke, a 1st-time-ever live listen to ZZ Top, and the closing act Greg Allman's own band.

The festival featured 2 stages, although we remained seated at one. Also on the bill were:
  • Mother's Finest
  • Jaimoe's Jazz Band
  • Stonerider
  • Gabriel Kelley
  • Michelle Malone
While Greg Allman and his band stayed with rearranged versions of songs performed by the Allman Brothers, Blackberry Smoke and ZZ Top featured some interesting covers in their set including

Blackberry Smoke:
  • Your Time Is Going to Come (Led Zeppelin)
  • Bob Marley mash-up
ZZ Top
  • Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Sixteen Tons (Merle Travis)
  • Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)
Greg Allman Band full set list


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Encore - Photos





Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rockin' in the Garden Atlanta-Style

There was a definite rock and roll motif to some of the more than 100 scarecrows placed in the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the Halloween season.

Can you identify these rockin' scares we saw during our visit today?




Monday, October 24, 2016

The Roots of Rock: Bobby Vee, Singer Who Gave Dylan His Rock Start, Dead at 73


As best as I can recall, I began to seriously listen to AM rock music on the radio in 1962, when I was 10 years old.

A young Bobby Vee
One of my 1st favorites was "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" by rising pop star Bobby Vee. I'm not really sure why I liked the song so much, but I think it had something to do with the image of the night actually having a 1,000 eyes.

Well, Bobby Vee died today at age 73. Here are 4 facts I never knew about Vee:
  1. If it hadn't been for the airplane crash that killed Buddy Holly there might never have been a star known as Bobby Vee.
  2. Bobby Vee's band was asked to fill in some dates for Holly, where he was discovered.
  3. You might know Vee's 1st piano player - it was a gentleman known then as Bobby Zimmerman and today as Bob Dylan
  4. In a 2013 show, Dylan played one of Vee's songs "Suzie Baby" and said Vee was  "the most meaningful person I've ever been on stage with.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jam Band Joy - I Do a Little Phishing in Atlanta

Ben Mortensen (on left), my DC buddy Skip Vachon, and a new Phish friend
While there are many outstanding jam bands following in that tradition established by The Grateful Dead, one of the best and most popular in the 4-member group from Vermont known as Phish.

In fact, there are many ties between the Dead and Phish. When the members of the Dead decided to play their final shows billed as the Grateful Dead, they asked Phish leader and guitarist Trey Anastasio to replace the late, great Jerry Garcia as lead guitarists for the concerts.

Earlier this week, Bobby Weir of the Dead sat in with Phish for 6 songs at the first of the group's 2 Nashville shows.

The fans for both the bands are as much a part of the show as the music and the psychedelic light shows. Just like it was for the Dead, spending time before and after a show with the legions of Phish fans, many of whom follow the group on the road, is an integral part of the total experience.

Yesterday, I attended the 2nd of 2 Phish shows here in Atlanta with my DC friend Skip Vachon and his traveling buddy from Colorado, Ben Mortensen. Skip and Ben saw 7 shows on the current tour: 2 in Charlotte, 1 in Jacksonville, 2 in Nashville (including the history-making Bob Weir appearance) and 2 in Atlanta.

Here are some shots of Phish fans and their encampment ...






... And here are some words about Phish and the Atlanta show

Friday, October 21, 2016

Under the Covers - Sympathy for the Devil

I have always enjoyed listening to how other artists create cover versions of original songs. Maybe it's because so many of the British Invasion songs that I began listening to in 1964 were covers. Anyway, in this ongoing series of Under the Covers posts, we will offer 2 songs from YouTube, one by the original artist and the other a cover. Hope you enjoy.
Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones


Sympathy for the Devil - Poppa Chubby


Sympathy for the Devil - Jane's Addiction

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hail, Hail Rock n' Roll: Chuck Berry Turns 90




Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday today with the surprise announcement that he would be releasing a new album, his first release of new music in 38 years.

The album is simply called CHUCK, and it features a hometown backing band that includes his children Charles Berry Jr. on guitar and Ingrid Berry on harmonica, along with his bassist for nearly 40 years, Jimmy Marsala. The album was recorded in Berry's hometown of St. Louis and will be out in 2017.
Berry dedicates this new record to his wife of 68 years, Themetta "Toddy" Berry. 
In a press release he said, "My darlin' I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"
Encore 1
More on Chuck Berry and his music

  • Music author Peter Guralnick explains why Chuck Berry is even greater than you thought (Rolling Stone)
  • The Top 10 Chuck Berry songs (Stereogum)
  • Chuck Berry's Quiet 1950s Revolution (Billboard)
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Possibly the greatest early rock song ever - Johnny B. Goode

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Name That Band - The Beach Boys


A California band called the Pendletones recorded a song in 1962 entitled "Surfin."

After the records were pressed, it was discovered that a young promotion worker had changed the band's named to more obviously tie it in with the surfing craze and other California surf bands.

Although the band was furious, the limited budget meant the labels could not be reprinted and the wrong name stuck.

And that's how the Pendletones became the Beach Boys.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Classic Rock Countdown to Halloween - Rhiannon

Rock has produced some great songs just perfect for the haunting season. We will be featuring such songs periodically until Halloween arrives. Enjoy ... if you dare.
 Rhiannon - Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Under the Covers - Season of the Witch


I have always enjoyed listening to how other artists create cover versions of original songs. Maybe it's because so many of the British Invasion songs that I began listening to in 1964 were covers. Anyway, in this ongoing series of Under the Covers posts, we will offer 2 songs from YouTube, one by the original artist and the other a cover. Hope you enjoy.
Season of the Witch - Donovan 


Season of the Witch - Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield


1st ENCORE - Season of the Witch - Dr. John


2nd ENCORE - Season of the Witch -  Julie Driscoll w/Brian Auger

Monday, October 3, 2016

Classic Rock Countdown to Halloween: Werewolves of London

Rock has produced some great songs just perfect for the haunting season. We will be featuring such classic songs periodically until Halloween arrives. Enjoy ... if you dare.
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Classic Rock Countdown to Halloween - Bad Moon Rising

Rock has produced some great songs just perfect for the haunting season. We will be featuring such songs periodically until Halloween arrives. Enjoy ... if you dare.
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Classic Rock Countdown to Halloween - Moondance

Rock has produced some great songs just perfect for the haunting season. We will be featuring such songs periodically until Halloween arrives. Enjoy ... if you dare.
Moondance - Van Morrison