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Garland Jeffreys' Truth Serum

Garland Jeffreys’ Truth Serum

For more than four decades Garland Jeffreys has been playing, writing, performing, always close to the top, but somehow remaining the invisible man who never gets inside, or when he does get inside, he remains invisible.  Maybe it’s because he’s half black and half Puerto Rican and all American and he sings about it.   From...
Why Garland Jeffreys

Why Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys September 25, 2013 World Café, Philadelphia, Pa So at this point it’s kind of ridiculous that after playing for four or five decades and showing – actually not showing but proving long ago that he’s up there with any of the poetic songwriters you care to name that Garland Jeffreys is still playing...
The Redfinition of Bob Dylan's Self Portrait

The Redfinition of Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait

In June of 1970, Bob Dylan released his tenth album, a two-record set with the weighty title of Self Portrait. It had a self portrait on the cover done in a style similar to the painting he did for The Band’s Music From Big Pink the year before. For most of the previous four years,...
The Story of the Rolling Fumbler Revue.

The Story of the Rolling Fumbler Revue.

So The Fumblers started sometime in either late 1991 or early ’92 after whatever band I had went wherever bands go, when Mike Vogelmann who’d played bass in a few of my bands called up and said, “How about if I play drums and Paul Fredrickson plays bass?” So every Tuesday we’d play in my...
My 50th Anniversary as a Bob Dylan fan

My 50th Anniversary as a Bob Dylan fan

  So 50 (yikes) years ago this day, which was also a Monday was for me a life defining moment. The entire summer I’d been at a camp in Maryland on the shores of the Chesapeake day where I learned to water ski (imagine that) and shoot a rifle. Some of the songs on the...
Borderline and the beginnings of Americana

Borderline and the beginnings of Americana

Borderline Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires. (Real Gone Music) by Peter Stone Brown Sometimes good albums and good musicians simply don’t get the attention they deserve.  Such is the case with Borderline, a group from Woodstock, New York who released Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires on a tiny subsidiary of United Artists called Avalanche in...
Van Morrison Gets Political

Van Morrison Gets Political

For Van Morrison, first and foremost, it’s always been about the music, and finding that magic place inside the music that takes you someplace else, outside yourself to the nameless realm beyond.  What many see as an aloof taciturn stage presence that at times seems more eccentric the older he gets has always been about...
Bob Dylan's Sly Trip To Hell On Earth

Bob Dylan’s Sly Trip To Hell On Earth

Tempest is Bob Dylan’s 34th studio album.  He has now been recording for half a century and if this album is an indication, he has no intention of slowing down.  It is an album that is like everything he’s ever done and at the same time like nothing he’s ever done.  It takes quite a...
East Meets Vest

East Meets Vest

The first thing that really hits you listening to David Vest’s new album, East Meets Vest is how brilliantly the piano is recorded.  The crystal clear impact of it hits you with an immediacy as if there was no distance, as if you were right there in the studio or even better a living room. ...
Bob Dylan at Forest Hills, 40 Years Later

Bob Dylan at Forest Hills, 40 Years Later

[This article was written in 2005 and posted to various Bob Dylan forums for the 40th Anniversary of Dylan’s first live appearance following the Newport Folk Festival.] Forty-five years ago today, I got off a bus from camp at Union Square in New York City, handed my Dad my duffle bag, and with some other...
Of Doc Watson

Of Doc Watson

For the first half of my life that she was alive, my grandmother showed little interest in music except for watching the Lawrence Welk Show.  When we were very young and she would sit for us, it was a given that that she would watch the Lawrence Welk show and my brother and I would...
In Memory of Donald “Duck” Dunn

In Memory of Donald “Duck” Dunn

If you own the rights to this photo, please contact and we will be happy to make arrangements. Late last night I logged onto Facebook, and was shocked to find out that legendary bass player Donald “Duck” Dunn had died in his sleep while on tour in Japan.  Dunn was one of the major forces...