Monthly Archives: May 2013

Jason Isbell Quits Screwin’ Around

The good folks at Hittin’ The Note magazine (get yerself on over to and subscribe!) have been kind enough to provide a download of my recent feature interview with the very talented Jason Isbell. Jason shares his thoughts on sobriety, songwriting, the Live From Alabama album with The 400 Unit and his upcoming solo […]

Show Review: Jim Weider’s Project Percolator at the Inn On The Blues

Jim Weider’s Project Percolator Inn On The Blues York, Me April 25 On the beach side of Ocean Avenue in York, Maine, the surf was thundering in off the Atlantic; on the other side of the street, a lucky crowd was packed into the Inn On The Blues enjoying the thunder of legendary guitarist Jim […]

Randall Bramblett – The Bright Spots

‘Tis a fact that Randall Bramblett has a long history in the musical trenches, dating back to his days with Sea Level back in the 70s … and you may know him best for his work supporting Gov’t Mule, Levon Helm, Widespread Panic, and Gregg Allman – to name just a few. But if you’ve […]

New American Farmers – Brand New Day

There’s a pleasant sort of disorientation that comes with listening to New American Farmers’ Brand New Day. There are a number of times throughout the album’s 11 tracks when your head’s going to snap around and your brain’s going to tell you that you know that song – even though it’s the first time you’ve […]

Woody Guthrie – House Of Earth

Buried away for 65 years in the mountain of unpublished lyrics, letters, notes, cartoons, and other seeds of genius Woody Guthrie left behind, House Of Earth is a read that was worth waiting for (even if the world didn’t know it existed). Guthrie’s Dust Bowl novel, set in Great Depression-era Texas, is layered just as […]

Jim Weider’s Project Percolator – Live (Featuring James Montgomery)

Some guitar players – incredible guitar players – have made a career out of utilizing the Fender Telecaster’s legendary twang. Others have made history by exploring the sonic territory that lies beyond. Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan come to mind – both unfortunately no longer with us. But Jim Weider is. Weider may be best […]

The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!

(With The Rolling Stones about to kick off their 2013 “50 & Counting” tour, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit one of my favorite Stones pieces that I’ve written. I was just a kid when I made my folks’ little house shake, playing Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! up in my room. I had […]

Paul McHugh: Teching for the Truckers and Picking for Pilgrim

I’ve always wondered when watching the techs and roadies do their thing prior to a concert how many of those folks are wishing/thinking/hoping that their turn in the spotlight is coming. In particular, it’s interesting to watch the various approaches guitar techs take in their on-stage gear checks: some are seen but never heard, listening […]

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