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Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” (2011) Ten years ago Fleet Foxes released Helplessness Blues. Making the record was torturous and ultimately destroyed leader Robin Pecknold's long-term relationship. The result was so beautiful even his ex could see it was worth it.... Read More

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Blues, Classic Rock, Featured

Stevie Ray Vaughan “Love Struck Baby” (1983)

The greatest guitarist I've ever heard, or will ever hear. This song changed my life....
July 8, 2018
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Featured, Funk, New Orleans, Soul/R&B

Professor Longhair “Big Chief” (1980)

I’d never heard of Professor Longhair before going away to college. I mean really, who...
July 25, 2018
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Blues, Featured, New Music

Tedeschi Trucks Band “I’m Gonna Be There” (2019)

What the Tedeschi Trucks Band can create is something truly rare: pure joy....
July 9, 2019
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Classic Rock, Featured, Weird Counts

Steely Dan “Bodhisattva” (1973)

It’s doubtful you would ever think of Steely Dan as a “guitar solo” band, and...
November 29, 2019
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Covers, Featured, Motown, Soul/R&B

Gladys Knight & The Pips “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (1967)

Maybe there’s a better example, but I can’t think of any, where there were three...
July 18, 2018
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Classic Rock, Featured

AC/DC “Hells Bells” (1980)

**Our 200th Post** Do they simply put out the same album over and over? Angus Young...
November 1, 2020

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Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” (2011)

Ten years ago Fleet Foxes released Helplessness Blues. Making the record was torturous and ultimately destroyed leader Robin Pecknold's long-term relationship. The result was so beautiful even his ex could see it was worth it....

Eagles “Those Shoes” (1979)

A familiar looking pair of shoes led to an unfamiliar office fiasco. "Oh no you can't do that, once you started wearin' those shoes."...

Kamasi Washington “Change of the Guard” (2015)

Only a truly epic show could've rescued what had turned into a disastrous last day at Jazzfest. Kamasi Washington delivered just that, with a prodigious performance of his momentous work, The Epic....

Freddie King “Going Down” (1971)

Guitar tone. It's a hard-to-pinpoint aesthetic that's challenging to define or describe. Yet it's still easy to recognize that Freddie King had some of the greatest tone of all time....

The Nighthawks “Destination” (1982)

The Nighthawks, George Thorogood, and an unexpected tag-team tandem, formed the alchemy for what I consider my greatest concert night ever....

David Lindley “Mercury Blues” (1981)

A guy you’ve heard on records a thousand times but didn’t know it was him, this maxi-instrumentalist's song became the perfect opener for a particular Playlist request....

Silk Sonic “Leave The Door Open” (2021)

I've never had a song get stuck in my head like this throwback gem by Silk Sonic. It's a good problem, but it might be making me a little crazy....

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