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Buddy Guy “Damn Right I Got The Blues”

Buddy Guy, at 85, is the last man standing. And you're damn right he's still got the blues.... Read More

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “Wake Up Everybody”

For starters, fuck Harold Melvin. There actually was a Harold Melvin in the Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes band, the founder and very briefly the lead singer when they were unknowns just starting out. But everyone knows it was the incomparable Teddy Pendergrass who put them on the map after joining (originally as the...... Read More

Steely Dan “Bodhisattva”

It’s doubtful you would ever think of Steely Dan as a “guitar solo” band, and that’s true in part because their jazz/R&B/rock amalgam never made them a typical rock and roll group, but also due to the fact that their ostensible main guitarist, co-founder, Walter Becker, played only a fraction of them... Read More

Gregg Allman “My Only True Friend”

The Midnight Rider's final ride: with "My Only True Friend" Gregg Allman wrote his own farewell song.... Read More

Bruce Springsteen “Mary’s Place”

Whether Mary's dress waves or sways to open Thunder Road, a character named Mary recurs with peculiar frequency in Bruce Springsteen's songs... Read More

Eric Clapton “This Has Gotta Stop” & “Five Long Years”

Eric Clapton is one of rock's most revered figures ever, a living legend and a 3-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. But he's also overrated.... Read More

J. Geils Band “Musta Got Lost”

Peter Wolf rapped rock's greatest intro (before rap was even a thing)... Read More

Professor Longhair “Big Chief”

I’d never heard of Professor Longhair before going away to college. I mean really, who the hell growing up pretty much anyplace outside of New Orleans would have? But down there he was a living legend. Only not for long. The living part, that is. He died of a heart attack in 1980, less than...... Read More

Chris Stapleton “Midnight Train To Memphis”

I got back to the garden. Not MSG, not that garden, but the one about which Joni Mitchell wrote and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young most famously sang: at the erstwhile home of Yasgur’s Farm, the mythical “garden” of Woodstock. This summer (this week, in fact) is exactly 50 years since “The Summer Of Love”...... Read More

Led Zeppelin “Fool In The Rain”

For one Zeppelin song, the sound of rock's most recognizable drummer was quite unfamiliar... Read More
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