Sunday, March 19, 2017

R.I.P Chuck Berry


Fitting I open my post with "Rock N' Roll" music as I write about te death of Chuck Berry.  Chuck Berry was a pioneer, perhaps one of the Fathers of Rock N' Roll. Sadden as a fan of his passing but 90 years is a long life for Rock N' Roll. The female singer was Etta James a legend in her own right.

Here is a vintage clip of "Johnny B. Goode"...


Here he is again with Keith Richards performing his classic "Nadine"...


"You Never Can Tell"


"Maybellene"


I could go on with classic song after classic song. What was your favorite Chuck Berry song? Did you see him in concert? Any favorite memories? He is a legend who will be missed.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Box of Rain



Time to get Grateful on the Battle of the Bands. Today is Phil Lesh's 77th birthday. Phil was the bass player for the Grateful Dead. I'm also going to see Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir next month so it all kinda fits.

The Song: Box of Rain


Box of Rain was written by Phil Lesh and contestant one...

Contestant One: Robert Hunter


Contestant Two: Beth Cassidy


Who gets your vote? Robert or Beth? The lyricist or the singer?  Vote for the one you like the best.  I will count up the votes and provide the results around the 21st. Vote in the comments and we will have a winner soon! If you liked this Battle please check out the other Battle links here. That site has the most up to date list.

Well I hope you enjoyed the Battle and come back and visit soon!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Carlos Nunez Wins



In my return to the classical piece performed by a classical artist with a twist versus the Rock Star Battle of the Bands the classical artist won. I was happy it wasn't another Shut Out like my last Battle of the Bands.

The Battle of the Bands started out even through the first four votes. However, Carlos Nunez pulled away for a 6 to 2 victory.


How about some more from our winner Carlos Nunez?

Here he is with The Chieftains...


Something for St. Patrick's...


Something Celtic...


Now I have eight days to think of new Battle! Any suggestions? Well see you soon with a new post!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Battle of the Bands:Ravel's Bolero: Bagpipes versus Guitars



In the Madness of March I want to revisit a theme of a classical piece covered in a different genre or setting if you will. My first Battle of the Bands of this year used Chopin this time it is Ravel. The madness part, think Bagpipes versus crazy classic rockers.

The piece for reference...



Contender One: Carlos Nunez



Contender Two: Jeff Beck



Who gets your vote? Carlos or Jeff? Bagpipes or Guitars? Both covers are certainly creative.  Vote for the one you like the best.  I will count up the votes and provide the results around the 7th. Vote in the comments and we will have a winner soon! If you liked this Battle please check out the other Battle links here. That site has the most up to date list.

Well I hope you enjoyed the Battle and come back and visit soon!

Monday, February 27, 2017

My 5 Favorite Black Guitarists

Back in August I did a list of my favorite five guitarists. You can read that post here. I'm sure I could exchange a few names on that list at anytime depending on my musical taste at the time. Since, it is Black History Month I thought it would be fun to list my 5 favorite Black guitarists. Some of them were on my 5 favorite guitarist list.

Here it goes...

1) Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was at the top of my other list two.


2) Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy is incredible he was number three on my other list but he moves up to number two on this list.


3) Prince

He is one of the guys I can't believe I left out of my first list. He could be the very best at guitar when he wanted to be, but he was such an artist and musician that he didn't always stick with the guitar.


4) Hubert Sumlin

He was a sideman, the guitarist for Waters and the Wolf.


5) Wes Montgomery

Ending the list is so hard. Should I include one of the King's? Albert Collins? Maybe Slash? The influential Chuck Berry? Oh well I went with jazz


Who would you have added into the list? Well I will see you soon with a new ost

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: A Shutout

 My first shutout of 2017. I thought D'Angelo did a great job with the song. The comments didn't indicate he was bad. However he wasn't a big name and he was pitted against two well known artist.
Huey Lewis and Gwyneth  Paltrow ran away with it. But I am still happy with how the month went for BOTBs for me. I wanted to spotlight genres for Black History Month and show how the music has influenced other artists. I think I accomplished that and I did it with two of my favorite genres so that was a plus.


Celebrating the winners is what we do so sit back and enjoy the music!

Here is Gwyneth with Tim McGraw..


Here she is with "Coming Home" from the movie Country Strong...


Here is HueyLewis "Workin' for a Livin'"...


and the "Heart of Rock N' Roll"..


I'll be back on the 1st with a brand new Battle so stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Nina Simone!

I've had a bit of a Black History Month theme going on my blog this month. Some of it planned and somethings were added due to life events.

Today is Nina Simone's birthday and she is an artist who certainly deserves to be celebrated during Black History Month.

Starting the music with this civil rights era tune..


She is probably best known for this song..



Nina Simone was awarded a lifetime Grammy Award and was nominated for several other Grammys

Ain't Got No..



What's your favorite Nina Simone song? Feel free to share in the comments. Thanks for visiting I will have a new post soon.