Rant’n’Roll: The Best Of The Rest

My grandmother used to say how her cooking always tasted better the second day. I grew up in her household with my mom and grandfather—minus my deadbeat dad—and can still smell her stuffed artichokes and lasagna. She also gave me my love of music and literature so as my mom …

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Rant’n’Roll: I Just Want To Read This Book Again, This Time Aloud, ‘Without Getting Killed Or Caught’

The first time I met Guy Clark was at a New York City press party in 1976 to celebrate RCA’s release of his second album, Texas Cookin’. He was a long and lanky fella who drawled out a neighborly kind of thanks to my ex-wife and I before inviting …

by   |  01/18/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: I Just Want To Read This Book Again, This Time Aloud, ‘Without Getting Killed Or Caught’

Rant’n’Roll: The Best Music You’ve Never Heard And The Best Artists You’ve Never Heard Of

The Lucas Haneman Express, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, rocks on its second CD. Tearing Up The Rails has 12 originals plus covers of Steppenwolf’s 1968 “Magic Carpet Ride” and the 1984 Bryan Adams hit “Run To You,” which they actually improve upon, thus taking it out of its long-held …

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Rant’n’Roll: Piano Dead, Americana, Hindu Fusion, Jersey Gospel

Holly Bowling has totally revamped the music of the Grateful Dead on her epic two-CD solo piano work Better Left Unsung (Royal Potato Family). She did the same thing on her ambitious Distillation Of A Dream: The Music Of Phish Reimagined For Solo Piano. On both projects, she’s painstakingly transcribed …

by   |  01/04/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Piano Dead, Americana, Hindu Fusion, Jersey Gospel

Rant’n’Roll: Cigar Store Blues, South Bronx Jazz, Indonesian Prog-Rock, Gospel-Jazz, Midnight Mass & A Guy Named Tas

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band cordially invites you to their Cigar Store (Indie Pool) where lead singer Corey Lueck spits out his phlegm all over the first few rows. He also plays a hell of a mean blues harp, as well as co-writing some instant classics like “Hoodoo Woman,” “White …

by   |  12/28/2016  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Cigar Store Blues, South Bronx Jazz, Indonesian Prog-Rock, Gospel-Jazz, Midnight Mass & A Guy Named Tas

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Kentucky Headhunters, Beekman, Anna Webber & A Guy Named Dizzy

Irving, Texas, March 14, 1992—The Kentucky Headhunters stop at the football field where the Dallas Cowboys play but there is no game today. Willie Nelson is hosting the fifth annual Farm Aid. I’m still semi-sleeping in my coffin-sized bunk, remembering not to forget that I will severely bang my head …

by   |  12/14/2016  |  Comments Off on Rant ‘N’ Roll: Kentucky Headhunters, Beekman, Anna Webber & A Guy Named Dizzy

Rant’n’Roll: Fundamental Forces, John Mceuen, Peter Saltzman, Gabriel Espinosa, Norah Jones & A Chicago Farmer

The Subtle Energy of Seattle guitarist-composer Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is a reimagining of Wright’s color trilogy (2013’s Blue, 2014’s Red and last year’s Green). As its title depicts, the instrumental rock herein is not as muscled as the previous three. Still, its strength is derived from the …

by   |  11/16/2016  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Fundamental Forces, John Mceuen, Peter Saltzman, Gabriel Espinosa, Norah Jones & A Chicago Farmer

Rant’n’Roll: Is This Guy A Gangster? Was My Father A Gangster?

According to author Jon D’Amore, from the 1930s on, New Jersey gangsters littered Bergen County with homes both spare and palatial (depending upon how far up on the Mafia food chain they were) while working in Hudson County and, of course, across the river in New York City. D’Amore’s self-published …

by   |  11/02/2016  |  Comments (1)

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 …

by   |  09/07/2016  |  Comments Off on Rant’N’Roll: Altamont: A Rock’N’Roll Horror Story

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 …

by   |  08/31/2016  |  Comments Off on Rant’N’Roll: Aussie Pink Floyd


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