Thursday, November 26, 2009

Your'e a bitch...

... but I love you anyway...while choosing some CD's at random at the library the other day, the CD cover for this band "The Fabulous Bowling for Soup" caught my eye so I gave it a try. Turned out to be a lucky find - think Fountains of Wayne crossed with Weird Al - intelligent, witty lyrics mixed with clever pop culture references. So give a listen, and pick it up at your local library if you get a chance. Happy turkey day, and keep on rockin'! Remember, Whiskey and Rebellion at the Ugly Mug in Farmington,MN this Saturday, 8 to 11 - hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Goodness gracious...

great balls of fire! Today in rock history, in 1949, a 14-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut at the opening of a Ford dealership in Ferriday, Lousiana. He plays "Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee." Man, I wish we had some video of that performance! Well, “The Killer” is still out there knockin’ ‘em dead at the age of 74. 2010 will see a new CD album and DVD release as Jerry continues his career. 2009 also marks the sixtieth year since Jerry Lee's first public performance. In August 2009, in advance of his new album, a single entitled "Mean Old Man" was released for download. It was written by Kris Kristofferson. An EP featuring this song and four more was also released on on November 11. On October 29, 2009, Lewis opened the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Here is some audio of that performance. Thanks to and for the info, and keep on rockin’!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

When I'm 64...

Today in rock history, Neil Young was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1945. Picking a song and video to celebrate Neil’s life is truly a challenge – his recorded history is vast and difficult to categorize. Well, let’s pick 1980's “Hawks and Doves” then, in honor of finding a copy of the LP in a thrift store yesterday. AKA “Neil goes country and turns right-wing redneck,” this LP puzzled fans and critics alike with its seemingly patriotic and right wing views. This, from the guy who wrote “Ohio.” Ah, well, it's good music, however you slice it. Let’s enjoy Neil and the International Harvesters' version of "Hawks and Doves" live in 1984. Thank God Neil is still around making new music, and keep on rockin’!
P. S. One of the high points of my life in the recent past is learning the bass part to “Cinnamon Girl.”