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Stevie Ray Vaughan “Love Struck Baby” (1983)

The greatest guitarist I've ever heard, or will ever hear. This song changed my life.... Read More

Buckwheat Zydeco “Zydeco Boogaloo” (1984)

This site is called So Much Great Music because that’s really how I feel; there’s just too much great stuff out there, both past and present, to be pigeon-holed into only one or two music genres, or to just a few artists within a given genre. Now, I’m not saying I like everything: regular readers...... Read More

Led Zeppelin “Fool In The Rain” (1979)

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

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

What the Tedeschi Trucks Band can create is something truly rare: pure joy... Read More

Lynyrd Skynyrd “That Smell” (1977)

A senseless analysis on the relative merits of the senses, but still the good sense to listen to this smell.... Read More

Chris Stapleton “Midnight Train To Memphis” (2017)

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

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 different hugely popular versions of the same song. That song, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ was a smash hit for three artists – Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, and Creedence Clearwater Revival – all within less than...... Read More

J. Geils Band “Musta Got Lost” (1976)

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

Ohio Players “Fire” (1974)

Funk. It’s not just the notes and it’s not just the rhythm. It’s the feeling. When you’re listening to a band or a song, you shouldn’t have to do too much thinking to tell if it’s got the funk. You’ll feel it. And if it’s got the funk, ipso facto, it is funky. Funk bands...... Read More
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