Rant’N’Roll: ZZ Top & Gov’t Mule Rock The Sands

Bethlehem, PA—It was Hippie Night at the Sands Entertainment Center. That li’l ol’ band from Texas, ZZ Top, now fully formed as a monolithic icon with sterling sound, mouth-watering material and an old-fashioned propensity for tried’n’true show biz moves guaran-damn-teed to get the geezers and the gamblers, the kids and …

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Rant’N’Roll: Barbara Dane, Till Bronner And The Meaning Of Ubunto

Singer/songwriter Barbara Dane has packed a lot of living in her 89 years. It’s been 14 years since she’s recorded but Throw It Away (on her own Dreadnaught Music) should serve as an introduction to younger blues fans and as a welcome return for her legion of fans that includes …

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Rant’N’Roll: David Stanley Responds To “Aquarian” Book Review

In a recent issue, this space reviewed My Brother Elvis: The Final Years From His Last Moments of Glory to his Tragic Demise (Impello Entertainment, hardcover) by David E. Stanley, whose mom married Presley’s dad and brought her three young boys from another marriage to Graceland. Stanley was there at …

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Nashville’s Most Talented Musician: Vince Gill

Nashville is not usually known for its “Triple-Threat” artists (singer/songwriter/lead guitarist)—because hits in that town are usually written, produced, arranged and even played by a few select “A-List” studio guys—but ever since Vince Gill left Pure Prairie League in 1981 where he probably got tired of singing “Amie,” he’s blossomed. …

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Rant’N’Roll: Altamont: A Rock’N’Roll Horror Story

The first thing you notice upon watching the 1970 film Gimme Shelter is how stoned everybody is. The tension mounts. The Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin gets beat up. The Grateful Dead, upon arrival, hearing of the violence, run away and never even play, despite the fact that they helped plan …

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Rant’N’Roll: Aussie Pink Floyd

BETHLEHEM, PA 2016—The Australian Pink Floyd Show landed at the Sands to blow us all away. The wattage of the lights alone made for a spectacular in-your-face presentation. The green laser beams criss-crossing above our heads, the smoke, the giant inflatables, the original animation and still photography of a young …

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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes: Gregg Allman Sick, Southside Johnny To The Rescue

Sept. 1, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, the big band from Jersey, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, will open for that little old band from Texas, ZZ Top. Gregg Allman got sick so Southside, able and ready, will rock this joint as part of WDHA’s annual …

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Exclusive: An Interview with Les Claypool of The Lennon Claypool Delirium

Primus bassist/composer Les Claypool and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sean Lennon have teamed up in The Claypool Lennon Delirium, whose Monolith of Phobos debut (ATO Records) is one of the most surprisingly refreshing and entertaining rock albums of the year. You can classify it as Instant Classic Alt-Rock. Or not. Their tour will …

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Rant’N’Roll: Exclusive! One-On-One With Legendary Producer Tommy LiPuma

Legendary producer Tommy LiPuma was honored earlier this year in his Cleveland hometown for decades of incredible productions with the likes of Miles Davis, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Dave Mason, Paul McCartney, Dr. John, Diana Krall, Anita Baker, George Benson and dozens of artists who certainly wouldn’t have sounded as …

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Rant’N’Roll: Moon Hooch

When all of us hippies used to camp out, smoke weed, strum our acoustics and howl at the moon in the early ‘70s in the New York State wilderness, we also drank a concoction of rotgut whiskey and cheap red wine. We called it “moon hooch.” That’s why I was …

by   |  08/17/2016  |  Comments Off on Rant’N’Roll: Moon Hooch


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