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1981: The Last Really Great Dylan Tour?

1981: The Last Really Great Dylan Tour?

It was Flag Day 1981, and I found myself driving south on I-95, taking a friend to see Bob Dylan at some place called the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.  It was her first Dylan concert and my tenth.  During the ride, I was trying to explain to my friend what she may or...
Merle Haggard at 78

Merle Haggard at 78

When I heard that Merle Haggard was going to play the Keswick Theatre just outside Philadelphia, I knew I had to go. I’m a firm believer in seeing the greats as many times as possible and at 78, and a lung cancer survivor, it is possible he might not make it to this side of...
Another Halloween Concert

Another Halloween Concert

45 years ago right about this time on this day which also was a Friday and also obviously Halloween, I found myself seated in the back seat of a rather large Oldsmobile departing the land of the Basement Tapes for the city of Boston. It was my first trip to Boston. I was on my...
Halloween at Philharmonic Hall 50 Years Later

Halloween at Philharmonic Hall 50 Years Later

After 50 years, it might be the concert and the weekend of music I remember best. It was Halloween and a Saturday and until that day Halloween meant costumes and going for blocks trick or treating. And Halloween on a Friday or Saturday meant an extra long night of trick or treating. But not this...
Another Side of Bob Dylan at 50

Another Side of Bob Dylan at 50

In my memory, Another Side of Bob Dylan appeared at the end of August in 1964, not at the beginning as various books and web sites proclaim. Another Side would prove to be a pivotal album, one that signaled various beginnings and ends at the same time, though at the time no one knew that....
On Jesse Winchester

On Jesse Winchester

It was either in late 1969 or early 1970, Rolling Stone, at the time the primary source of music news reported that Robbie Robertson was producing an album by Jesse Winchester, a draft resistor living in Canada.  That was enough to make me buy the album when it appeared later that year without hearing it. ...
Reviving A Memory

Reviving A Memory

Reviving A Memory On October 2, 1965, I attended my fourth Bob Dylan concert at Symphony Hall, in Newark, NJ.  It was a concert that’s barely been mentioned or written about except as far as I know by me in an article I wrote for Bobdylan.com a long time ago.  For years there were no...
Brandon Lee Adams carries on the tradition.

Brandon Lee Adams carries on the tradition.

Not long ago, I was discussing the future of country music with a good friend who’s been playing it for more than 40 years.  My concern was the greats we’d been listening to for most of our lives were departing, and that the stuff coming out of Nashville these days for the most part is...
40 Year Reflections on Tour 74

40 Year Reflections on Tour 74

It was some Sunday morning either in late October or early November 1973, and I’d just woken and up and walked into the kitchen, when my house mate, another Dylan fan and another Band fan said to me excitedly, “They just announced on the Radio, Dylan and The Band are going to tour.”  In my...
50th Anniversary Thoughts On My First Dylan Concert.

50th Anniversary Thoughts On My First Dylan Concert.

Fifty years ago today, I attended my first Bob Dylan concert at the Mosque Theater, in Newark, New Jersey.  I went with my older brother and younger (at the time) stepbrother who could’ve cared less.  Our parents bought us the tickets, and thinking back it was the first concert I went to without parents.  Arriving...
Ry Cooder Live In San Francisco

Ry Cooder Live In San Francisco

Ry Cooder stopped touring on a regular basis several years ago, but every so often he likes to play at one of the best venues in the country, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.  I was lucky enough to see him there five years ago with Nick Lowe. This is Cooder’s second live...
Of Tom Rush and No Regrets

Of Tom Rush and No Regrets

Way back in the early to mid 1960s, The Boston/Cambridge folk scene was only slightly behind New York City in terms of significance.  There were several singers and groups from Cambridge, but Tom Rush probably had the biggest impact.  Originally he did a mix of folk songs and blues.  He was a skilled guitar player,...