Monthly Archives: January 2014

Buffalo Killers – Ohio Grass

From Issue #79 of Hittin’ The Note magazine: my review of Buffalo Killers’ Ohio Grass album. (Click on the image to enlarge.) As always, many thanks to Hittin’ The Note publisher John Lynskey and the HTN crew!

Railroad Earth – Last Of The Outlaws

Last Of The Outlaws finds Railroad Earth in their twelfth year together, still discovering just what they’re made of – in the nicest of ways. Newest member Andrew Altman (who took over the bass duties from Johnny Grubb in 2010) has settled in nicely with a style that’s aggressive yet tasteful at the same time; […]

Hard Working Americans – Hard Working Americans

I bet I could make you smile just by listing off the members of the Hard Working Americans: Duane Trucks on drums, paired up with bass monster Dave Schools; Chad Staehly on keys laying it down alongside of Neal Casal on guitar; and Todd Snider out front on vocals. (Oh – and toss in cameos […]

Eric Clapton’s Give Me Strength – My Conversation With Producer Bill Levenson

From Issue #79 of Hittin’ The Note magazine: Bill Levenson, Executive Producer of the new Eric Clapton release Give Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Recordings discusses the task of assembling the new box set. Give Me Strength focuses on a period of Clapton’s career that is often overlooked: the 1974-75 run that produced the 461 Ocean […]

Drive-By Truckers – Alabama Ass Whuppin’

From Issue #79 of Hittin’ The Note magazine: my review of the Drive-By Truckers’ live archival album Alabama Ass Whuppin’. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

Leo Welch – Sabougla Voices

Let’s ignore the story behind Leo Welch’s Sabougla Voices album for a moment and just talk about the tunes and nothing but the tunes. Here’s the deal, folks: if you like your blues raw and real and served up Mississippi downhome-style – slathered with gospel sauce – then you’re going to love this album. That’s […]

Chris Wilson – It’s Flamin’ Groovy!

Chris Wilson’s new It’s Flamin’ Groovy! belongs in the same category as Ronnie Wood’s I’ve Got My Own Album To Do or Ian McLagan’s Troublemaker: fine, fine solo albums by veteran rock ‘n’ rollers who have nothing to prove, playing music they love because … well … they frigging love it. Note that I would’ve […]

The Story of “Cole’s Law”, Steve Kimock, Tigger & Me

“She came for dinner, but we never got to that …” Pretty cool to be able to tell the whole world (well, the folks listening to Maine Public Radio, anyway) about how much you love your wife/best friend – and share a great piece of music, as well. I was invited to take part in […]

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Live At The Winterland Ballroom: December 1, 1973

Those with a basic grasp of Quicksilver Messenger Service history might hesitate to put an ear to this album if they’re fans of the late, great six-string John Cipollina – the master of tasteful-yet-untamed psychedelic guitar. But if they do, they’re missing out – big time. For although it’s true that the amazing Cipollina (along […]

Waydown Wailers – State Of The Union

Talk about making an entrance: the debut album from Canton, NY’s Waydown Wailers launches with all the majestic raggedy-assed ballsiness of an old Faces album. As “Mercy Mercy” begins, we join a shimmering guitar chord, already in process; everybody says hello: another guitar snarls and a barroom pi-any tinkles and cymbals start a’sizzling and a […]

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