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Dylan Delivers a Real Christmas Album. It’s a Bob Christmas for Halloween

Dylan Delivers a Real Christmas Album. It’s a Bob Christmas for Halloween

There are many ways to view or react Bob Dylan’s decision to record a Christmas album, and probably all of them make sense.  I always figured he’d do one eventually and when the album was announced several weeks ago, my initial reaction was, why now?  I would’ve expected it about 28 years ago, but after...
Obviously 60s Revisited, Again The New Old Dylan

Obviously 60s Revisited, Again The New Old Dylan

Way back in the early 1960s, my brother and I would buy Bob Dylan songbooks.  They would usually, though not always follow an album’s release and be titled after the album title.  These songbooks didn’t always include all the songs that were on a specific album, and quite often they’d have another song or two,...
Hubert Sumlin and Howard Tate: Farewell to Two Blues Greats

Hubert Sumlin and Howard Tate: Farewell to Two Blues Greats

  It was sometime in 1975, and my friend Richard and I were leaving our job which happened to be in a record store when Richard said, “Let’s go see Howlin’ Wolf.”  I was somewhat reluctant at first because various people had told me Wolf’s show was a comedy act with him sweeping the stage...
Where is Phil Ochs When We Really Need Him?

Where is Phil Ochs When We Really Need Him?

I’m pretty sure it was in the ’80s when Reagan was president that these buttons appeared in the remains of head shops, probably in what was once the hip sections of certain cities that said: “Where is Phil Ochs now that we need him?”  Those buttons would be equally relevant and perhaps more so right...
Rhode Island Roots Music and Blues From the Tetons Music Under the Radar

Rhode Island Roots Music and Blues From the Tetons Music Under the Radar

Twenty years ago when I had something approximating a real job writing about music and helping to put a weekly newspaper together, one day a CD appear called Lost Souls by a band called the Raindogs.  On the surface they appeared to be just another rock band, except the group included a fairly well known...
Brother Solomon Burke

Brother Solomon Burke

The Rolling Stones introduced me to Solomon Burke when they covered his classic, “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love,” on their third album, released in the U.S. as Rolling Stones Now in 1964.  By that time Solomon Burke’s influence on other musicians was for some mysterious reason much bigger than his own success, which was more...
Levon Helm - Dirt Farmer

Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer

Read the article at Counter Punch The Return of Levon Helm by PETER STONE BROWN The first time most people heard Levon Helm sing was way back in 1968 when The Band released Music From Big Pink. You had to wait until the end of side one to hear him, and the song was the...
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

Full article at Counter Punch Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball by PETER STONE BROWN In 1944, writing a script for a radio show Woody Guthrie wrote: “I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good.  I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose.  Bound to...
Farewell to Levon Helm

Farewell to Levon Helm

And the Band Played On Farewell to Levon by PETER STONE BROWN It was in the spring 47 years ago that my brother brought home an album by blues singer John Hammond called So Many Roads.  It was Hammond’s third album and his second with a band.  The names of the musicians backing him were...