Thursday, August 27, 2015

ICYMI: Looking At 7 Genres & The Rock Hall

Below are 7 links to posts I wrote about what R&B, Blues, Country, Non-Performers, Hip Hop, Women and Music critics could be inductees of the Rock Hall.

All have been updated for the 2017 induction.

With 2017 prediction season in full bloom, there's bound to be a name or two on those lists that might pique your interest.

I'm open to any suggestions of names that I might have missed.

R&B Artists and the Rock Hall

Blues Artists and the Rock Hall

Country Artists and the Rock Hall

Non-Performers & The Rock Hall

Music Critics and the Rock Hall

Hip Hop and the Rock Hall

Women and the Rock Hall

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Playlist for 8/25

Donnie Trumpet - Surf
Otis Taylor - Hey Joe Opus Red Meat
Junior Wells - Southside Blues Jam
B.B. King - Completely Well
Sam Outlaw - Angeleno
Mary McCaslin - Best of

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Playlist for 8/20

Four Tops - Nature Planned It
Jackson 5 - Get It Together
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Vol. 8
Rick Nelson - In Concert:Troubadour 1969
Desaparecidos - Payola
Chris Squire - Fish Out Of Water
Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Elvis 38 Years Later

Elvis Presley died 38 years ago today.  He's my #1 artist.  I believe my love for him started after he died, but he was born before that day.  My Dad was a fan.  Had plenty of his vinyl and 8-track tapes.  So, I heard a lot of Elvis growing up.
When he died in 1977, I was already a music follower.  Meaning I listened every week to American Top 40 (Casey Kasem's show caught my ear years earlier when we lived in Germany).  Hearing Kasem mention Billboard magazine every week, got me interested in finding a store nearby that sold it.

After Elvis died, I began to seek out his old albums.  The Elvis I knew was mostly the 70's jump suit one.  I was aware of his older hits, but not much beyond that.  A few Sun singles were on those old albums, but it was a shock when I heard the rest of those 50's sides.

Every year on his Birthday or the day he passed away, I always see posts from people saying that Elvis' post-Army years (1960-1977) were a pale imitation of what he did from 1954-1959.
But I disagree.  The 54-59 years are what made him the King of Rock and Roll.  That I won't argue.
What hurts Elvis the most are the string of movies he made in the 60's.  Most of them containing forgettable songs that even Elvis got tired of doing.  But throughout the decade he still had many great moments.  And in the 70's, despite singing less Rock and more Pop/Country/Gospel songs he had more.

So, below is a list.  Not a definitive one, but a snapshot, of some of Elvis' post Army sides.  Get to your local streaming site and listen to a few of these.  The once and future King.

Burning Love
Can't Help Falling In Love
Fame and Fortune
If I Can Dream
If You Talk In Your Sleep
In The Ghetto
It's Now Or Never
Kentucky Rain
Little Sister
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
Moody Blue
Promised Land
Suspicious Minds
Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Viva Las Vegas
Way Down
(You're the) Devil In Disguise

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Playlist for 8/15

Genesis - Trespass/Nursery Cryme/Wind & Wuthering
Jamie XX - In Colour
Chuck Brown - Beautiful Life
Luther Ingram - If Loving You Is Wrong
Love Unlimited - Under The Influence
Valerie Simpson - s/t
Jackie DeShannon - Jackie

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Playlist for 8/8

Miguel - Wildheart
Joy Williams - Venus
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams - s/t
Neil Young - Monsanto Years
J.B. Hutto - Hawk Squat
Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
Alan Jackson - Angels and Alcohol

Sunday, August 02, 2015

My Top 20 Albums Ever

Here's a list of my favorite albums.  Lots of iconic albums, and they are all a part of the musical canon.  So, if you're looking for a list of albums that has more obscure choices, then you should skip this one.

1. Elvis Presley - Sun Sessions 76
2. Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 67
3. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds 66
4. Clash - London Calling 80
5. Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story 71
6. Derek and the Dominos - Layla 70
7. Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed 69
8. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited 65
9. Michael Jackson - Thriller 82
10. Joni Mitchell - Blue 71
11. Prince - Purple Rain 84
12. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA 84
13. Saturday Night Fever - Soundtrack 77
14. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
15. Van Morrison - Moondance - 70
16. Beatles - Rubber Soul 65
17. Led Zeppelin - IV  71
18. Elton John - Honky Chateau 72
19. James Brown - Live at the Apollo 62
20. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue   59

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Playlist for 8/1

Dale Watson - Call Me Insane
Mike McGear - McGear
U.K. - s/t
Those Shocking Shaking Days - Various
Mika - No Place In Heaven
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