Rant ‘N’ Roll: Under The Radar

Shake Some Action by The Flamin’ Groovies was one of the best rock albums of the 1970s. Produced by Dave Edmunds, I remember totally freaking out to this San Francisco band’s Brit-Rock, loving “You Tore Me Down” and Groovie covers of “Let The Boy Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Lovin’ Spoonful), “St. …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Guys & Dolls & Fred

EASTON, PA—When “Guys & Dolls: A Music Fable Of Broadway” ran for 1,200 performances and won the 1950 Tony Award as “Best Musical,” Senator Estes Kefauver introduced his resolution calling for an investigation of organized crime. Boston thieves made off with two mil in the “Great Brinks Robbery.” President Truman …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Crazy Fire, Folk Music, Standards And Blues

Funny but I was eatin’ french fries and a falafel while freakin’ to Feufollet when I realized their En Couleurs was one of the best albums of 2010. Two Universes (Feufollet Records/Thirty Tigers) might lay claim to that honor in 2015. The band is from Lafayette, Louisiana. Their precious gumbo …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: State-Sanctioned Sizzle

EASTON, PA—They don’t wear stupid wigs or costumes representing each era of Beatle history. They don’t affect Brit accents and play the four unique characters. They simply play the music. And to hear this beloved music—the DNA of our lives—come thrillingly alive on a stage, is one of the great …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: 2015 Top 10…Already?

Top 10 2015 personal musical moments. Hey, why not?

1) Los Lobos at The Sellersville Theater February 28: Arguably America’s greatest current rock ‘n’ roll band rocked Pennsylvania with two sets of blistering bilingual joyousness including Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and their own barnburner “Kiko.” To …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Blues X 2

BETHLEHEM, PA—The legendary James Cotton may be hitting 80 in July but when he was helped to the stage and sat down to blow his historic harp, it totally transcended bassist Noel Neal, drummer Jerry Porter, new guitarist Mike Williams and the rest of The Musikfest Café into a Beale …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Real Deal

Hank Williams never heard rock ‘n’ roll but Marty Stuart sure did. Seeing Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at The Sellersville Theater was like seeing Hank before they kicked him off the Grand Ole Opry stage for being drunk. History. Something I’ll tell my grandchildren about. He’s a larger-than-life …

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The Fab Faux: Better Than The Beatles

The Fab Faux knows every single song The Beatles ever recorded, almost 300 of ‘em. To experience these songs performed live with the musicianship of these particular gentlemen, is to experience them anew. It’s not a clone band. They don’t don wigs and affect Brit accents. It’s akin to a …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jerry Lee Lewis Will Live Forever

In 1953, when Jerry Lee Lewis was barely 18, he had a son with his second wife. He’d stay out all night ravaging pianos in broken-down palaces to hordes of drunks who’d egg him on and slip him little Benzedrine pills so he’d never stop playing. It’d be 4:00 in …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Whimsical Frisell, Hendu Can Do & Tedious Brilliance

Guitarists come and guitarists go and a few of them seemingly stick around forever. Bill Frisell, 63, is in this latter category. He’s kissed the sky so many times in his evolving artistry that I thought I had him pegged as this avant-garde fusionist with forays into classical, noise …

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