This blog spot is the home to my ramblings. I am a free lance writer. Most of my work goes on Associated Content. Sometimes I write what is on my mind, sometimes I plug some of my writing, and sometimes a combination of the two. So, sit back read, enjoy, and we will see where it goes.
The final push for the Rocktober Music Fest and a short time till I go see a Rock N Roll Show. We start off celebrating a drummer's birthday. Chris Slade has drummed for AC/Dc, The Firm, Tom Jones, Asia and more.
Here is on the kit with AC/DC "Let There Be Rock"...
Happy birthday to Peter Green! If the name isn't familiar to you I am sure you have heard of his old band Fleetwood Mac. The Mac was different log ago, before the girls, before Lindsey Buckingham, and I suppose the really big hits too.
Santana liked "Black Magic Woman"
"Got a Good Mind to Give Up Living"
He did other things besides Fleetwood Mac.
"Fool No More"
but he did cool things with Fleetwood Mac
Well I think that is a good set for a blues rock birthday!
"Let it Roll" by Little Feat. Sad news from Little Feat tonight guitarist Paul Barrere has passed away. You can read the band's statement here.
"Lost in the Sound" with Roger Cole
"If The Phone Don't Ring" Paul Barrere
Having seen this band at their peak of resurgence with my Mom on a New Year's Eve show, to interviewing and meeting one of the co-founders of Little Feat I have a connection to this band. Obviously I am a fan too.
Little Feat "Feats Don't Fail Me Know" a different year but the same venue I went to with my mom.
The Eddie Van Halen endorsed, new version of "Runnin' with the Devil" by Jennifer Hope was soundly beat by Jake E. Lee and friends more traditional rock version. The final score 6 to 2. Sometimes different works sometimes not so much.
Jake E. Lee's victory does work great for Rocktober and the Rock. Jake E. Lee has worked with a lot of hard rock bands.
Celebrating Birthday's of Late Rock and Rollers is where I am in this Rocktober Music Fest. Tom Petty who passed away two years ago in October would have celebrated his 68th birthday today. I paid tribute to his passing here and I have celebrated his birthday before.
Try to do it different each time, different songs and different words. I try not to do repeats but I don't think my readers would mind.
Mudcrutch "I Forgive it All"
Right off the back I am digging up Mudcrutch.
Tom Petty "I Won't Back Down"
The Traveling Wilbury's "Handle with Care"
Tom Petty "A Face in the Crowd"
I hope you enjoyed and I will be back with a new post soon!
Let's put some duckwalking, good time rock and roll into this Rocktober Music Fest by celebrating Chuck Berry's Birthday. He was a rock and roll pioneer, an influencer on musicians to come and a talented entertainer.
Since I just spent some time out in Louisiana, I think "Johnny B. Good is a good place to start this party!
"Roll over Beethoven "
"Nadine" with Keith Richards
"Sweet Little Sixteen"
I could go on and on. What is your favorite Chuck Berry song? Feel free to share in the comments
I'm behind on my Rocktober Festival posts and apparently every three years I post to celebrate Bob Weir's birthday. Here is my post from 2013 and 2016.
At least Bob Weir is diverse enough to write multiple posts about. He believes he has probably played the most gigs of any musician out there. It is hard to argue against his statement. Math would probably back him up and it is hard to think of someone who would be close. A founding member of the Grateful Dead which he joined when he was just 16.
The Grateful Dead "My Brother Esau"
These folks were treated to a solo performance of "Loose Lucy"
Celebrating his non-Dead music as well "Lucky Enough" with Rat Dog
The song title "Runnin' with the Devil" kind of has that Halloween feel to it. Van Helen and their song certainly fits Rocktober. There is a new cover that Eddie endorsed the other day out so there is hope for some contenders.
The original for your listening pleasure...
You know the deal. I choose a couple of contenders. You tell me (aka vote) which one you like the best in the comments. I count them up and sometimes we get a winner, sometimes it is a tie, and your vote always counts for something here.
Contender One: Jake E. Lee and friends
Contender Two: Jennifer Hope
What we have here is a straight out rock and roll cover of the song and a cover re-imagining the song. Well I hope you enjoy vote in the comments.
The wi-fi in my hotel room did not work very well. I've been going to the Voice of the Wetlands Festival each year for the last five years including this year. Even before I lived close enough to make going to the festival a reality, it was a festival I wanted to go to because of the music. Living four hours away makes it an easy decision. First it was the music and then the cause. Each year I added more to the trip. First it was hiking and exploring. Then it was hiking and the Gator farm. Then is was adding the fishing trip. Then it was the swamp tour. Then this year I went hiking everyday except Friday. I discovered a new hiking trail as well. I doubled up on the swamp tours. Music was the draw but enjoying the wetlands on my visits has caught up with it.
If the wetlands disappeared I could still enjoy the music maybe in New Orleans or support the artists when they play in my backyard. I would lose a place for a fishing trip. Yes I know I could possibly book one elsewhere. I would lose my hiking spots. Never enough hiking spots but yes I could find others. Swamp tours well if it is gone there isn't anything to tour. However, the guy I went with was continuing something his Mom started back around 1965. Something that has lasted over 50 years would be gone.
Tab Benoit "Whole Lotta Soul"
How about listening to a Grammy Award winning Zydeco Band...
Chubby Carrier "Zydeco Junkie"
Well if that doesn't capture where I am maybe this one will
Nonc Nu $5 a tail
Mike Zito came in from Texas
More information on the festival and charity can be found here.
My Battle of the Bands took it a song from AC/DC's hard rocking songbook, a cover band, and a female rock star. The cover band was a girl band too. Guess I was just trying to show girls rawk! The results Lzzy Hale 3 Hells Belles 3 a tie.
You never know what might happen on my Battle of the Bands that happen on the first and 15th. Shutouts, blowouts, nail biters, and ties.
Let's celebrate with some hard rocking girls!
Let's go back to the eighties with Lita Ford "Kiss Me Deadly"
Jennifer Batten she was Michael Jackson's guitarist, she toured with Jeff Beck for a while. A solo tune and a Jeff Beck cover...
The combination of getting older, stress has given me the opportunity to get new ailments that I have never had before. Lucky me! So I am under the weather. Nothing too serious! Something that will pass but not a lot of fun to have.
So let's catch up with a sickness theme!
Disturbed with my diagnosis..."Down with the Sickness"
Led Zeppelin reminding me I'm "Sick Again"
No Ted it isn't "Cat Scratch Fever" though I have had it before.
Today is a very beautiful but Summery day where I am at. The music of Janis Joplin fits very well with beautiful, sunshine filled days for some reason. Maybe that is just me. Anyway 49 years ago the singer was found dead in a hotel. I am typing this out on my phone so I apologize in advance for typos and formatting issues.
"Piece of My Heart"
Just sharing a couple of songs. If you would like to make this post a little more interactive feel free to keave your Janis memories or favorite songs in the comments.
Well here is my second post for Rocktober. Apparently I am participating in a blog fest this month. I'll give it a go, like a good blogging addict one day at a time and see how it goes. Well on the 15th of September I had a Battle of the Bands battle and I guess it would probably be a good thing to share the results.
The Battle featured a classic rock song by Eddie Money called "Take Me Home Tonight." The contestants were Jump Off and Every Avenue. Jump Off ran away with it winning 5 to 1. I was saved from a shut out by the mercy of Stephen.
The Jump Off bills themselves as Philadelphia's Hottest Up and Coming Party Band.
Here they cover Rob Zombie's "Dragula" which is perfect for Rocktober..
Here is a video about the band...
Support your local music where ever you might be. You never know when your local band might make it onto one of these Battle of the Band things. Don't forget to vote on my girls gone AC/DC Battle of the Bands that is going on now.