Thursday, April 30, 2020

Battle of the Bands: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

The song Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain is best known due to Willie Nelson. Willie just celebrated a birthday so it is fitting to pick a song associated with him. Fred Rose wrote the classic song. 

Roy Accuff first recorded the gem way back in 1945..

I'm going to pit two musical legends together. 

Contender One: Hank Williams Sr

Contender Two: Elvis Presley

Who are you voting for Hank or Elvis? Let me know in the comments

Battle of the Bands Results: Jeff Beck and Seal win

Jeff Beck and Seal win 3 to 1 over King's X in a battle over the Jimi Hendrix classic "Manic Depression"

Here the winners get together to cover Bob Dylan's "Like A rolling Stone"

"Crazy" by Seal

See you soon with a new Battle!

A to Z Challenge: The Zombies

The 2020 A to Z Challenge ends where it started in the midst of a Pandemic. Why not add Zombies to the mix. It's the end I say.

                                               "Time of the Season"

"She's not there"

Where did she go? Oh well another song.

"This Will Be Our Year"

Well it's been fun! See you next time!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

A to Z Challenge: Y is for Neil Young

Neil Young  has grown into the "Old Man"

Today is Y and Young fits.

He is the Y in CSNY "Southern Man"

"Heart of Gold"


What is your favorite Neil Young song!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A to Z: X is for Xpensive Winos

Keith Richards probably knows a thing or two about the high cost of being a wino. His solo band was called The Xpensive Winos and they are on tap for X.

"As Wicked As It Seems"

"Take it So Hard"


"Hate it When You Leave"

Here they perform a Rolling Stones classic "Happy"

Monday, April 27, 2020

A to Z Challenge: W is for Warren Zevon

Warning this post features Warren Zevon the first song may include an S bomb. It is possible other songs may have a curse word. I will try to exclude obvious ones like "My (expletive)(expletive) up" which is a really good song.

Warren Zevon starting us off with  "Lawyers, Guns and Money"  which are helpful things when the Sh** has hit the fan.

If there is a song more popular than the first for Mr. Zevon it is "Werewolves of London"

Somesongs go on to be a success for others like "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me"

A song for our times "Splendid Isolation"

A touching one to end with "Keep Me in Your Heart"

Are you familiar with his work? Do you have a favorite Warren Zevon song? Feel free to share.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

A to Z Challenge: V is for Van Halen

I can't believe I haven't used Van Halen for an A to Z Challenge. Well I will today.

"Jump"was the Van Halen song that really introduced me to the band. A few years later "Runnin' with the Devil" was a song we used to come out to during my wrestling years.

Now I live near these fly boys "Dreams"

"Everybody Wants Some"

"Right Now"

I mixed in some Sammy Hagar era tunes as well. What are your favorite Van Halen tunes?

A to Z: UFO

I'm keeping my blog rocking with UFO!

No not those UFO's the band UFO!

"Doctor, Doctor"

"Only You Can Rock Me"


Well I hope your weekend rocks!

Friday, April 24, 2020

A to Z: T is for Triumph

"World of Fantasy" kicking us off our look at the Canadian Rock and Roll inducted band Triumph.

Next up is the song "Spellbound" 

"Follow Your Heart" above and "Somebody's Out There"

Why don't you "Lay it on the Line"

Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A to Z Challenge: Santana

"Smooth" Santana with Rob Thomas starting are S Day off.

"Put Your Lights On" with Everlast

"The Game of Love" with Michelle Branch


"Black Magic Woman"

Mixed it up with some more modern Santana and closed with a couple of classics! I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A to Z Challenge: R is for REM

My posts have been posting later in the day. Maybe closer to the time people sleep. Maybe enter REM sleep.

                                             "Everybody Hurts"

"Losing My Religion"

"Crush with Eyeliner"

"The One I love"

Like tough life. I'll bring it to a close with a song for our time..

"It's the End of the World as We Know it"

Monday, April 20, 2020

A to Z Challenge: Q is for Quicksilver Messenger Service

Dateline 4.20.20 and the letter of the day is Q.  The topic for this month sounds like music. Something about the date kind of hints maybe I should move towards something on the pyschedelic side. 

                                        Quicksilver Messenger Service "What About Me"

Well you do start with Q.

"Fresh Air" sounds nice with all this quarantine...

"Gold and Silver"

Might have something to do with the "Pride of Man"

Happy Monday! Happy 420! I'll see you 4/21!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

A to Z: P is for Puff

Puffdaddy with Jimmy Page "Come with Me"

But I grew up with this song...

See you soon with a new post!

Friday, April 17, 2020

A to Z Challenge: O Songs

Neil Young performing "Ohio" to start are musical journey of O songs.

O as in Orbison. Roy Orbison "Oh Pretty Woman"

Performed live from 1965..

Gladys Knight and the Pips "On and On"

The Band "Ophelia"

Hope you enjoyed see you soon!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A to Z Chllenge: Nobody

"Nobody's Fault But Mine" by Led Zeppelin starting off our Nobody set.

Switching to Chris Stapleton "Nobody's to Blame"

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani "Nobody But You"

Casting Crown's "Nobody" featuring Matthew West

Led Zeppelin, Country, Christian well this post covered some genres. We might as well add Mr. Nobody himself Mac McAnally to the mix..

"Back Where I Come From"

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A to Z and Battle of the Bands: M is for Manic Depression

It's time foe a Battle of the Bands and it's late and manic. It's also time for the letter M. My theme has come out as Music. Put it in my scrambled brain blender and a really talented guitarist friend shared "Manic Depression" and that's how this thing kind of works.

One of my favorite Jimi Hendrix songs is "Manic Depression"..

Here is Jimi doing his song live...

Time for some contestants.

Contestant One: Kings X

Contestant Two: Jeff Beck and Seal

King's X or Jeff Beck and Seal? Vote in the comments and let me know!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A to Z : L is for Living Colour

Flashing back to 1989 with "Glamour Boys" by Living Colour.

Here they are live with "Pride"...

Grammy Award winning "Time's Up"

and there biggest hit "Cult of Personality"

See you soon with a new post!

Monday, April 13, 2020

A to Z Challenge: Kings of Leon

Today's letter is K and that fits Kings of Leon. They are a four time Grammy Award winning band tht formed in Nashville.

                                         "Sex on Fire" won the group their first Grammy                                              

"Use Somebody" won three Grammys

"Radioactive" was the groups last Grammy nominated song

Hope you enjoyed and see you soon!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Battle of the Bands Results: Allright Now!

Every vote counts on my Battle of the Bands! My last one pitted Christina Aguilera against Beth Hart covering the Free classic "Allright Now." The last vote decided the contest. Christina won the Battle 4 votes to 3. Like always we celebrate winners...

Let's be real what a Girl musician wants is to win one of my Battle of the Bands. Five Grammy Awards I imagine is nice too.

"Genie in a Bottle"

"Come on Over"

"Your Body"

Saturday, April 11, 2020

A to Z Challenge: Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. A songwriter of many great songs.

The Gregg Allman version of his song "These Days" is probably my current favorite song. Here is Jackson's version..

He co-wrote "Take it easy" with Glenn Frey. Here is his take with Linda Ronstadt ..

"The Pretender"

Sharing some songs he is known for..

"Tender is the Night"

"Running on Empty"

I guess this song is a great way to finish..

"The Load Out and Stay"

What are your favorite Jackson Browne songs? Feel free to share!

Friday, April 10, 2020

A to Z Challenge I is for Illness

Yesterday's theme and Today's theme in one song "Hotel Illness" from the Black Crowes to start us out.

Disturbed "Down with the Sickness"

Magnetic Fields "92 Weird Diseases"

Hopefully we can stay safe from Covid-19. See you next time!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A toZ Challenge: Hotel Songs

The travel and service industries are having a hard time these days. I thought I would celebrate hotels  through song!

Elvis Presley had the "Heartbreak Hotel:

The Eagles sang of "Hotel California"

Tori Amos had her "Hotel"

Eric Burdon and The Animals sang about "Hotel Hell"

I'll leave you at "The Grand Hotel" by Procol Harum

See you next time!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A to Z Challenge: G is for Gatton

I just ordered Tom Principato's new book about his life, the Washington (DC) area music scene, and plating guitar with legends Danny Gatton and others. I am really looking forward to reading it.

Danny Gatton was a DC area guitar legend. He was Grammy Award nominated and Fenderr even builds a signature guitar in his honor.

Here Danny does his thing on a cover of "Heartaches by the Number"...

His own tune "Funky Momma"

Nicknamed "The Humbler" because he would humble other guitarists.

Here he covers "Tequila" with guitar legend Arlen Roth...

Thanks for visiting I will see you soon!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

R.I.P John Prine

Covid-19 took another musician. This time it was the legendary John Prine an influential and two time Grammy Award winning singer songwriter. If you like Bonnie Raitt he wrote this song..

                                          Bonnie and John "Angel from Montgomery"

Who knows maybe I will run into him in heaven and join him for a vodka and ginger ale at the Tree of Forgiveness. "When I Get to Heaven"

"Hello in There"

Here he is with Iris DeMent "In Spite of Ourselves"

So many songs. Please feel free to leave your favorites in the comments.

"It's A Big Ole Goofy World"

Thanks for the songs, may you rest in peace!


A to Z Challenge: Fishing

I was going to go Mardi Gras this year but I was a slacker on booking my hotel room. When I finally got around to it hotel room prices were sky high in the Big Easy. I new the prices were gonna be jacked up. They are for Jazz Fest too. I was expecting Jazz Fest style pricing and I still had price shock. I missed a parade or two, a show at Tipitina's and apparently a good opportunity to catch Covid-19. I went another direction, literally. New Orleans is three hours West, I went four hours East and South. Spent a night in "a storied hotel" for $50. It was a small, Southern town, that was nothing like Carnival in New Orleans. I never figured out what was so storied about the hotel. I think I fell asleep before I even cracked the cover. As the picture above shows I had things to catch.

                                               Tab Benoit "Sac Au Lait Fishing"

I combine music and fishing. Tab Benoit the last musician I saw in New Orleans when I was there for New Years!

The past year a lot of the lyrics kinda fits my life...

"Don't Ask Me No Questions" Lynyrd Skynryd

"If you want to talk fishin'
I guess that would be okay."

Brad Paisley "I'm Gonna Miss Her"

By the time it was all said and done my face was redder than that redfish!

There you go a fish tale and a few songs!

A to Z: Evil Songs

Going deep with the blues with Howlin' Wolf to start us off in my Evil songs post. "Evil (Is Going On)" is the tune.

"Evil Woman" by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

Santana "Evil Ways"

A few evil songs for fun.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

A to Z: Downtown these Days

 I welcomed in 2020 in what you could call Downtown New Orleans. Okay technically it was a music hall in uptown. 2020 I saw a couple of musicians in downtown Mobile. I was going to go see the same musician I saw on New Year's again in downtown Mobile  last month but my plans got cancellled. I've done my share of travelling through downtown Jacksonville as I have driven from exit 5 to the coast of the Atlantic. 9In my life I have spent plenty of time in Downtowns both big and small. A lot of Downtown fun has been put on hold these days so I thought I would do a musical tribute to downtown.

Rod Stewart with "Downtown Train" ….

Petula Clark "Downtown"

Thin Lizzy "Downtown Sundown"

What are some of your favorite Downtown songs? See you Monday with a new post.

Friday, April 3, 2020

A to Z: Covid 19 Blues

Once Corona was a beer. Open a cold bottle slide a wedge a lime inside. Used to be Jimmy Buffett's beer till he bought Landshark.

Of all the things it could be it turned into a virus, all that pent up anger I guess.

It could have been "Corinna" and Taj Mahal would sing about it...

Are you sure it's not Corvid 19, the Black Crowes did just get back together..

Maybe they are the "Remedy."

Yes Covid 19 is serious. It has spread the world faster than a "Love Trrain"

People have died. People have gotten very sick. Pretty much everything has been closed down. Hope is what we got. Hope for a vaccine. Hope that it will pass. 

See you something for D

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A to Z: B is for Bad Company

Just rolling into this A to Z thing. I kicked things off with Free's  "All Right Now"  so following up with Bad Company is chronologically correct. At least in Paul Rodgers musical career.

Starting things off with Bad Company by Bad Company.

The next one is "Shooting Star" is one of my favorites...

Sometimes "I Feel Like Making Love"

Ill leave you with "Gone, Gone, Gone"

See you soon with C!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A to Z: A is for Allright Now! Battle of the Bands

It's day one of the April A to Z Challenge! It's time for a Battle of the Bands. It's April Fool's Day. 

A is for "All Right Now"

Digging deep for this Free classic anthem.

The original..

All right A to Z folks, newbies and those with refresher needs the rules.

I will pull up two contestants you vote for the one you like in the comments. I count them up ad post the winner in about a week. 

Contestant One: Christina Aquilera

Contestant Two: Beth Hart

I like this battle. Take the song made famous by one of the greatest guy singers in rock and roll and let the girls take it. Christina and Beth couldn't be more different on their takes. Enjoy, vote I will be back with a B tomorrow!