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.... Read More

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.... Read More

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.... Read More

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.... Read More

Marshall Tucker Band “Ramblin’” (1973)

A big thumbs up to Toy Caldwell of the legendary Marshall Tucker Band, who played lightning fast lead guitar licks using only, you guessed it, his thumb.... Read More

A.J. Croce “Nothing From Nothing” (2021)

A.J. Croce has got some incredible piano skills, and a brand new album of eclectic covers. And, as it turns out, he's also got a name.... Read More

Bottle Rockets “Better Than Broken” (2006)

I lost one of my best friends of the last 20 years this week, the Bottle Rockets, when the band stunningly announced that they were calling it quits. The decision actually came solely from the group’s ornery but always inspirational..... Read More

Mike Zito “Wee Wee Hours” (2019)

Mike Zito takes an old Chuck Berry 12-bar blues tune and assails the listener with an overwhelming assault of chops that could go on until the wee wee hours. Whatever those are.... Read More

The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (1964)

John Lennon accidentally created rock's first-ever recorded feedback on the early Beatles classic 'I Feel Fine.' With a new kitchen appliance, I've recently matched his serendipity.... Read More

Paul Thorn “Bull Mountain Bridge” (2012)

With 'Bull Mountain Bridge,' Gospel-rooted Paul Thorn has a positively jubilant, uplifting tune about a cold-blooded murder. Rejoice!... Read More
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