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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

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Led Zeppelin “Fool In The Rain” (1979)

Many people consider John “Bonzo” Bonham the greatest rock drummer ever – who am I...
June 7, 2018
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Blues, Featured, New Music

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

“I got one! I got one!” A tow-haired boy, probably age 5 or 6, sped...
July 9, 2019
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Classic Rock, Featured

Pink Floyd “Great Gig In The Sky” (1973)

One of the best-known songs on what remains the longest charting album in rock music...
June 26, 2020
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Featured, Outlaw Country

Old 97’s “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” (2014)

I recently saw an Old 97’s show with my friend Kenny at the Tarrytown Music...
July 31, 2018
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Classic Rock, Featured, Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” (1973)

The task was simple and the theme was equally self-evident: create a party playlist of...
September 25, 2019
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Blues, Featured, Movie/Media Clips

Jeff Healey “See The Light” (1988)

..I did once, however, get a chance to witness another blind guitarist play live, this...
February 10, 2020

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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.....

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....

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....

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!...

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1981)

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Scandal “Goodbye To You” (1982)

Patti Smyth (not Smith) of Scandal punctuates the end of 2020. At last....

Counting Crows “A Long December” (1996)

Music City, matted hair, and a message of hope: A short story via Nashville....

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