Stayed in that funk. Electric. Yearning ballad and back to taking control. Here it is. Great low and introspective. Killer, loud, and all encompassing. Some intriguing music. And a lead break – just at the perfect time. Deep Robin Trowery, slow scream. Now you know – Eli is legit. Feel like you could sing with it even though you don’t know the words. I’m praying Eli. Crazy talented production of this album. Some tunes could go on longer, but leaving wanting more works. I now know I can’t wait to hear the rest (which, by the way, is just as good, or better and the first), and hopefully you do too. Get this album. It’s very, very good!
On August 17, 2017, The Hamilton in Washington, DC hosted, for the very first time, Mr. Walter Trout and his band. Walter was in rare form coming out from the start and destroying the audience with old and new music. Walter has dozens of albums worth of music to pick from and the audience loved every minute of it. One of the most prolific bluesman out there now, Walter has made a triumphant comeback after nearly loosing his life to liver disease.
See all the photos from that night!
The 2018 Reincarnation of The Dixie Dregs – Part Two
Rock, Roots, & Blues – Live
November 27, 2017
Over the course of the last few months, I've conducted a series of interviews with each of the five original Dixie Dregs. This is the group that played on the first real commercial album by the band, Free Fall. This edition of Rock, Roots, & Blues - Live includes an in-depth discussion with Steve Morse, the musical visionary of the band. Steve and I discussed the upcoming tour, how his style has changed over the years, as well as much deeper, personal introspection regarding what he has learned and how he has grown since the band was formed over forty years ago. In addition, we finally track down Mr. Allen Sloan, violin virtuoso and an unmistakable part of the Dixie Dregs' unique sound. This is our first conversation with Allen, and his excitement about the up coming tour was evident. The contrast between Steve Morse and Allen is stark, in terms of what they've been doing for the last forty years. Steve has remained a driving force in the music world as the lead guitarist for the classic hard rockers, Deep Purple, as well as his own projects, Flying Colors and The Steve Morse Band. In contrast, Allen Sloan has been less prominent in the music industry, but no less busy. I was glad to find out that Allen still gets out to play rather often. Find out what he has been up to and read about Steve's thoughts on a myriad of topics.
Check back often as we will be talking with, and following the band, up to and through the 2018 tour.
You can also read part one in our series of interviews with the Dixie Dregs here.
We spoke with Steve Morse, Rod Morgenstein, Andy West, and Steve Davidowski about the 2018 tour and much more.
Opens with the clear, unmistakable, picking on a resonator guitar. Rod Stewart / Steven Tyler / with maybe more than a whiff of country. Strong powerful vocals. Old time blues. Porch steps dusty lemonade and dogs barking. Dance party toe-tapping feel good tune. Liberating to be “gone”. Sounds like fun too. Great slide work, reminiscent of Sonny Landreth (who I just saw last month).
Deeper, darker overtones, vocally deeper and further in. Are we getting there? What’s up in there Eli? Definitely a Monday – feeling sorry for yourself kind of time. Try all them medicines…. AIN’T GOING TO HEAL THOSE BLUES. Overdubs by sultry keys or organ or another slide guitar….? Flawless changes. Vocals and guitar mesh as one instrument. Not easy to do but so well meshed. Can’t not notice. Even if you’re cleaning the house, or overhear it walking past a window, or hear it in the background – it will catch your ear.
On July 5, 2017 concert goers at one of the premier outdoor venues, Wolf trap, were treated to the powerful and dynamic Tesdschi Trucks Band, with special opening guests Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers. Rock, Roots, & Blues - Live was there.
On July 6, 2017, the River & Blues summer weekly series in Wagner Park in NYC began with a rousing show by the venerable Los Lobos. The band added some hard-rockin' blues and rock 'n roll to their standard set of songs that span a career of over 30 years. They were joined late in the set by guitar wonder, New York's Brandon "Taz" Neiderauer. Here's two great videos from the show. (Not) just another band from East L.A... Check out the two videos below.
See our photos of Los Lobos from the show as well.
After breaking the news about the upcoming Dixie Dregs tour in March of 2018, and interviewing four of the five original members from their very first commercially successful album, Free Fall, released 40 years ago, the tour began in late February with two shows in Florida. We were in Washington, DC at The Lincoln Theater on March 7, 2018 to see the show. The band sounded fantastic, playing songs from their extensive catalog. What a treat to hear tunes like "Day 444" and "Cruise Control" live! There was electricity in the air for this show. Hundreds of folks just like me, who have been waiting to see them live either their whole adult lives, or possibly, since the last reunion in 2009. Either way, it was a special night and the band seemed to feel it as well. We will be in NYC on Friday March 16th for their show there as well. See the photos from the 3/7 show here. We were granted special access and were able to capture some special photos. Check back soon for photos and a review of the 3/16 show.
On August 20, 2017, Jonny Lang made a pit stop at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. Touring in support of his eighth album, Signs, Jonny left little doubt that he is one of the top blues / blues rock guitar player around. Passion in waves, Jonny and the band put on a fantastic set of great music. Heavy blues to ballads and everything in between!
See all the photos from that night!
Photo credit: Janine Morse
Video from 2017 RRR
Jack Pearson demonstrating how to get "Bird Call" sound.
Jack Pearson demonstrating how to play "Blue Sky"
Faculty Jam John Medeski / Jack Pearson / Johnny Vidacovich - at RRR 2017
Bernard Purdie talks about The Purdie Shuffle
From Johnny Vidacovich Master Class - "Stop Playing Drums and Start Playing Music"
Hey drummers! - from Johnny V. Master Class - Johnny Vidacovich - "2 against 3" demonstration
Grateful Dead / Allman Brothers performance - Oteil, Luther & Friends - "China Cat Sunflower" / "Blue Sky"
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band
The Beacon Theater, NYC.
November 15, 2017
Ringo - drums, keyboards, percussion, vocals, with Steve Lukather (Toto) - vocals, guitar, Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia) - guitar, harmonica, percussion, vocals, Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey) - organ, keyboards, vocals, Richard Page (Mr. Mister) - bass, acoustic guitar, vocals, Warren Ham (Bloodrock, Kansas) - vocals, saxophone, harmonica, flute, percussion, keyboards, and Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Steve Vai) - drums, percussion, vocals.
What came through was joy. Ringo and the band having a good time and happy to be playing and entertaining.
Ringo was featured, as he performed every song he ever sang with The Beatles and songs from his solo career. After the first three songs ("Matchbox", "It Don’t Come Easy", and "What Goes On"), the band cycled around featuring each musician leading the band as they performed some of the best known songs associated with their respective careers.
It was quite a surprise to see and hear great versions of "I Saw The Light", "Evil Ways", "Rosanna", and "Broken Wings". Oye Como Va? Yeah!
Ringo was the relaxed host, congenial and funny. The band was having a blast, and their happiness and interactivity had the audience feeling it.
The two hour set ended with “A Little Help From My Friends” and a coda of “Give Peace A Chance”. A splendid time was had by all.
Here’s the full set list: 1. Matchbox; 2. It Don’t Come Easy; 3. What Goes On; 4. I Saw The Light; 5. Evil Ways; 6. Rosanna; 7. Kyrie;
8. Bang The Drum All Day; 9. Boys; 10. Don’t Pass Me By; 11. Yellow Submarine; 12. Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen; 13. You’re Sixteen; 14. Back Off Boogaloo; 15. You Are Mine; 16. Africa; 17. Oye Como va; 18. I Wanna Be Your Man; 19 Love Is The Answer; 20. Broken Wings; 21. Hold The Line; 22. Photograph; 23. Act Naturally; 24. Little Help From My Friends; 25. Give Peace A Chance.
See the photos from the show here.
After breaking the news about the upcoming Dixie Dregs tour in March of 2018, and interviewing four of the five original members from their very first commercially successful album, Free Fall, released 40 years ago, we continue to follow the band during their preparation for the shows. In this edition we catch up with Dregs violinist Allen Sloan who, as of our last edition, was the only band member we had yet to interview. We also recently followed up with Steve Morse. As it turned out, this discussion was quite revealing, and very interesting. We hope to be talking with the band frequently leading up to the shows in March.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. hosted a true blues legend - Sonny Landreth. Seldom have I seen an artist with such a mastery of his craft. The slide technique Mr. Landreth has developed is one-of-a-kind and he uses his slide like a completely separate instrument, bouncing and gliding this hand up and down the neck of his guitar. He put on an impressive acoustic opening set and returned after a short break with his Stratocaster, taking the audience with him on a diverse, electric trip around the blues. Opening the show was Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon. His take-no-prisoners style was on full display. Tornonzo clearly loves to play his guitar and interact with the audience. In addition to a super-talented blues guitar player and vocalist, he is a consummate showman.
See the all our photos from this fantastic night of music!
Carrying On at Roots Rock Revival
Roots Rock Revival is a Music Masters Camp conceived by Butch Trucks and Michael Price in collaboration with Henry Stout at Full Moon Resorts. It began in 2013 with ‘Artists In Residence’ Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge (of The Allman Brothers Band), and Luther and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). Occurring every August, it has expanded every succeeding year in both Artists and attendees.
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Tom Pragliola and his son Evan have attended Roots Rock Revival camp four years in a row now.
A series of Music Masters Camps are offered each summer at Full Moon Resorts at Big Indian, NY. The camps are an intensive, week-long experience of interaction between professional musicians and attendees.
At Roots Rock Revival, different combinations of the ‘Artists In Residence’ play a set of music each night after dinner, and the first night features Oteil Burbridge, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson and friends Craig Keil and Jackson Kincheloe.
After the show, the jamming begins. Attendees bring their guitars, sticks, and varying degrees of of musical experience to one of three different locations. The camp has attendees of all ages and musical levels and everyone participates. And it works.
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March 12, 2018
The Birchmere is one of our favorite music clubs! The line-up of musicians regularly playing the club has always been very strong since they began more than 50 years ago!
Thanks to all the staff at the Birchmere - from the ladies and gentlemen who run the box office, to the wait staff, the door men and women, and a special thanks to Dave and Buddy for handling the lights and sound and the everything.