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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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Willie Nelson Country Music (Rounder Records)  by Peter Stone Brown

Willie Nelson Country Music (Rounder Records) by Peter Stone Brown

Willie Nelson has recorded, and continues to record, so many albums at what seems like an incredible rate of speed that it is not only difficult to keep up, but discern which albums are worth it.  However, every once in a while and sometimes more than once in a while, he’ll deliver a new album...