Poco “A Good Feelin’ To Know” (1972)

My brother-in-law Dean really liked the group Poco, a band whose warm harmonies, jangling guitars and checkered membership put them at the nexus of the incestuous late ‘60’s/early ‘70’s California country-rock scene. Try to stay with me for this. We’ll start with Buffalo Springfield, a ensemble whose most prominent members were Stephen Stills, Neil Young … More Poco “A Good Feelin’ To Know” (1972)

Los Straitjackets “Fury” (1995); “Here Comes Santa Claus” (2002)

It’s hard not to love surf rock instrumentals. It’s harder still not to love when the band exclusively performs wearing Lucha Libre Mexican pro-wrestler masks. It’s an outstanding gimmick, especially for a bunch of guys originating out of Nashville. But Los Straitjackets are a great band first, a great gimmick second. Their leader, Eddie Angel, … More Los Straitjackets “Fury” (1995); “Here Comes Santa Claus” (2002)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Almost Cut My Hair” (1970)

I didn’t get a haircut or shave for roughly two years. Yeah, some circumstances in my life changed…whatever. But the best answer I could muster, the truest, when people would ask me why I’d let things go is that I’d kind of always thought about trying it and, well, for the same reason dogs lick … More Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Almost Cut My Hair” (1970)

Southern Culture On The Skids “Liquored Up And Lacquered Down” (2000)

Why do I love Southern Culture On The Skids? Well, first the name. Pretty descriptive. It jumped out at me in some music magazine I was reading many years ago, and I thought, yeah, that’s a band I’ve got to check out. That led me to the music, which was way better than I could … More Southern Culture On The Skids “Liquored Up And Lacquered Down” (2000)

Tundrastomper “Myth Of Slop” (2017); “For Flies Only” (2018)

Time for the nepotistic entry – as Jack Black said in “School Of Rock”, “A little nep-o-tis.” Time for my son Max’s band. Time for Tundrastomper! They’ve been playing as a 4-man unit for roughly 10 years, starting back early in high school, continuing through their college years – though they attended four different schools … More Tundrastomper “Myth Of Slop” (2017); “For Flies Only” (2018)