Monthly Archives: August 2015


1939- Jerry Allison (drummer w/ The Crickets; “That’ll Be The Day”)                76 yrs.

1945- Van Morrison (singer, songwriter + musician w/ Them; “Gloria”; solo career; “Into The Mystic”, “Moon Dance” + “Brown-eyed Girl”)               70 yrs.

Van Morrison “Cleaning Windows” live video link here.

1945- Bob Welch (musician + former member of Fleetwood Mac; solo artist; died in 2012)

1948- Rudolf Schenker (guitarist w/ Scorpions; “Wind Of Change”)               67 yrs.

Scorpions w/ Rudolf Schenker ‘Still Loving You” live video link here.

1955- Anthony Thistlethwaite (member of The Waterboys; “Whole Of The Moon”)
60 yrs.

1957- Gina Schock (drummer w/ The Go-Go’s; “Vacation” + “Our Lips Are Sealed”)   58 yrs.

The Go-Go’s w/ Gina Schock “Our Lips Are Sealed” video link

1957- Glenn Tilbrook (guitar + vocals w/ Squeeze; solo career)               58 yrs.

Squeeze w/ Glenn Tilbrook “Pulling Mussels” live video link here.

1967- Gerard Love (bassist w/ Teenage Fanclub; “What You Do To Me”)               48 yrs.

1970- Debbie Gibson (singer; “Only In My Dreams”)                45 yrs.

1977- Craig Nicholls (singer + guitarist w/ The Vines)                38 yrs.

The Vines w/ Craig Nicholls “Ride” video link here.

1977- Derek Gruen a.k.a. Del Marquis (guitarist w/ Scissor Sisters)             38 yrs.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!


New Releases 9/04: IRON MAIDEN, THE ARCS, AGAINST ME! & More…

This week’s list of new releases is not extensive, but there are some big names with albums coming out this week. With acts like Iron Maiden, Against Me!, Public Image Ltd. and John Mayall putting out material the drought conditions are improving. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys has an album out with a side-project called The Arcs, that was supposedly, Grateful Dead inspired. And, of course, there are other lesser-known acts that will have new albums out this Friday, and you never know when there might be a diamond in the ruff.

  • Against Me!- “23 Live Sex Acts”
  • Dam-Funk- “Invite The Light”
  • Dan Bern- “Hoody”
  • Fidlar- “Too”
  • Flux Pavilion- “Tesla”
  • Iron Maiden- “The Book Of Souls”
  • James Leg- “Below The Belt”
  • John Mayall- “Find A Way To Care”
  • Lou Barlow- “Brace The Wave”
  • Once Human- “The Life I Remember”
  • Painted Fish- “Painted Fish”
  • Painted Palms- “Horizons”
  • Public Image Ltd.- “What The World Needs Now”
  • The Arcs- “Yours Dreamily”
  • The Dear Hunter- “Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise”
  • The Night Owls- “Fame Sessions”

Having sampled these new releases that are coming out on Friday, I can safely say that it won’t be hard to find one to review. As usual, I will choose one of these new releases and will write a review on that album. Check-back on Saturday to read the review. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!



1919- Ellen Muriel Deason a.k.a. Kitty Wells; first female country star; “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”; died in 2012)

Kitty Wells “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” live video link here.

1935- John Phillips (member of The Mamas & The Papas; “California Dreamin” + “Monday, Monday”; died in 2001)

The Mamas & The Papas w/ John Phillips “Monday, Monday” live video link here.

1939- John Robert Parker a.k.a. John Peel (DJ for BBC Radio, journalist + TV presenter; introduced psychedelic and progressive rock to British radio; promoted a variety of bands including The Cure + Joy Division; died in 2004)

1941- John McNally (member of The Searchers; “Love Potion No. 9” + “Needles and Pins”) 74 yrs.

The Searchers w/ John McNally “Needles & Pins” live video link here.

1944- Charles Colbert (member of American Breed; “Bend Me, Shape Me”)          71 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1950- Micky Moody (guitarist w/ Juicy Lucy + Whitesnake; “Here I Go Again”)        65 yrs.

1954- Ronald Beitle (drummer w/ Wild Cherry; “Play That Funky Music”)         61  yrs.
No Photo Available.

1958- Martin Jackson (drummer w/ Magazine + Swing Out Sister; “Break Out”)          57 yrs.

1961- Keith McKenzie (member of The Shamen; “Ebeneezer Goode”)           54 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1963- Paul Oakenfold (producer + DJ; toured w/ U2; known for remixing New Order, Stone Roses, U2 + more…)                               52 yrs.

Paul Oakenfold “Ready Steady Go” video link here.

1964- Robert Clivilles (producer + DJ w/ C&C Music Factory; “Gonna Make You Sweat”)
51 yrs.

Review: NED FEST 2015, DAY 2!!

The second day of Ned Fest, began under warm sunny skies with just a few white clouds and a little haze in the sky. Though there weren’t a lot of folks in attendance to start the day’s festivities, there were lots of smiles and plenty of beauty abound. Despite some long hours put in by the festival staff, they were all in great spirits in anticipation of the amazing music to come.

The days opener was the Funky Tonk Heroes playing a country swing, honky tonk hybrid that definitely didn’t discourage drinking after noon. One of the highlights from this Colorado quintet was the terrific cover of Don Williams’ “Tulsa Time” near the end of their set.

The first tweener set of the day belonged to a fairly recent Colorado transplant, Torbin Hadlock. Torbin moved here from Santa Barbara, where he had learned to play finger-style on the guitar. His playing is quite lovely and impressive, which was the perfect soundtrack for the chill vibe at the festival.

Next up on the main stage was the five-piece jamgrass band from St. Louis. This is a truly talented group of guys, who have managed to build bridges connecting many styles of music into an absolutely harmonious blend. With Drew on harmonica, guitar, percussion and vocals; Gerard on mandolin, guitar, banjo and vocals; John on bass and vocals; Neil on vocals and guitar and Brian on sax and guitar, these guys are prepared for any musical excursion. The set opened with “Baby Blue” and its bluegrass trappings, but went anywhere and everywhere from there. They touched on many genres including variations on classic soul, rock, blues and jazz, to name a few. A couple of the highlights, were the covers of “People Get Ready” and “Mystery Train”, with the former getting an fabulous bass solo by John Hussung. Acoustics Anonymous ended their set, similarly to the way they began with a more traditional mountain bluegrass tune.

The quartet of the New Family Dog took to the tweener stage for a short set. With John ‘Blackdog’ Ridnell on guitar and his son, Miles on bass, the foursome was rounded out by Patrick Padgett on banjo and Dave Pullins on mandolin. The New Family Dog filled their set with great folky tunes, done blues style with bluegrass instrumentation.

At around half past three, Boulder’s own Gasoline Lollipops hit the stage hard with its alternative-country sound. The band started with something that was at moments outlaw country and at others was on the verge of a full-on punk rock frenzy. It became quickly evident that the vocal effects that Clay Rose achieves are done so, using two different microphones, one of which, kind of sounds like singing into a megaphone. Early in their set, they played the gorgeous Americana original “Full-Steam Ahead”. One of the highlights, was a phenomenally intense version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightnin’, with Rose reaching the highest peaks with his blues inspired punk rock vocals. Shortly after that, they did a wonderful cover of John Denver’s “Country Roads”. The quartet continued to run through original material, that spanned the country landscape, while usually leaning punk. Near the end of their set, they played their original, “White Trash” with its aggressive rockabilly angle. There were moments when you may have claimed that the band was closer to The Clash than Shooter Jennings, others where they sounded more like Devotchka than Johnny Cash, and still more, that were pure country. No matter what sound they were going for, they reached it with perfection.

The final act on the tweener stage for the day, was singer/ songwriter and local boy, Danny Shafer. Danny and his acoustic guitar worked through songs about catfish, being an American and BBQ. Danny has played Ned Fest many times and was good friends with Ned Fest founder Michigan Mike, so Danny played a song he wrote for Mike called “Waiting For You”. Danny ended his set with a folk-blues number, “Small Town Blues”.

Part of the double-headliner, the Hard Working Americans made the stage before 6 p.m. The all-star line-up began their set with “Mission Accomplished”, that saw Neil Casal and Jesse Aycock trading licks before diving in, head-first together. It was followed by the heavy Americana of “Run A Mile”. “Stomp & Holler” brought the rowdy to Nederland, and “Mountain Song” felt like a traveling lullaby. Todd Snider was quite fun to watch with his Perry Farrell meets J. Geils looks and almost Iggy Pop movements. Unfortunately, Snider struggled a little, vocally on “Come From The Heart”. They played “I Don’t Have A Gun” which isn’t so much a statement of fact, as it is a fortunate truth, in this case. One of the best moments of the Hard Working Americans’ set, was Todd Snider’s vocal wrap in the middle of “Another Train”, which touched on the chorus for James Brown’s “Get Up Off That Thing”, before going into the Widespread Panic sounding “Is This Thing Workin”. The “Blackland Farmer” was another stand-out, and the cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” in the middle, certainly sold the number. Near the end of the set, they pulled-off another WSP-sounding tune, called “Satisfaction Garunteed”, which included some awesome drumming from Duane Trucks. The entire set was pretty tight, but the sound was a little lacking, so it seemed like a good idea to get in front of the stage for Chris Robinson to get a better sound.

Between bands, the front of the stage area in the VIP section cleared-out, so we moved all of our stuff by the fence and got some prime real estate for Chris Robinson Brotherhood. A couple other folks had the same idea, but then one of the senior staff for Ned Fest told us that Chris Robinson wouldn’t go on until everyone was cleared-out from in front of the stage. It sounded like only those with photography passes were going to be allowed in front of the stage. I gathered my stuff and unhappily proceeded back to our seats. Now, I am sure that Chris may have a wonderfully simple reason as to why we weren’t allowed to be in front of the stage, but he didn’t  give us an explanation along with the order. I am not going to judge, but it is certainly realistic that someone may have found such demands as somewhat pretentious. The other pisser, was, that it took almost a half an hour after we were moved before they took the stage, late I might add. Needless to say, I was not starting the set with an objective outlook. They opened with the rockin’ “Saturday Night In S.F.”. “Badlands Here We Come” was tight and really did sound crisp. The cover of Leiber & Stoller’s “I’m A Hog For You”, was unexpected and was certainly a stand-out with a huge jam intertwined within. Though not one of my favorites, “Jump The Turnstyle” did include some pretty sweet jams. The four-part harmony on “Star Or Stone” was extremely excellent. “Tulsa Yesterday”, “One Hundred Days Of Rain” and “Beggar’s Moon” were some of the set’s highlights. We left a little after ten, as they were starting “Shore Power”. Overall, the sound was good and the band was tight, but I realized that I am not as big a fan of the Brotherhood as I am The Black Crowes and New Earth Mud. The band is made up of incredible musicians, but the compositions don’t seem as solid as Chris’ other acts.

Day two of Ned Fest was phenomenal both musically and weather wise. Despite the record attendance for the double-headliner, the best sets of the day came from Boulder-based Gasoline Lollipops and Acoustics Anonymous from St. Louis. The energy and skill that both of these acts brought to the stage was infectious. Besides the incredible music, we have to thank the staff for providing us with such a wonderful environment and for making this a terrific weekend. Thanks to Mark, the security and the chefs in VIP for a Real Good Time!! One more day left with Vince Herman and Cracker on the bill, it should be a great one!! That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!



The annual three day celebration up in beautiful Nederland, Colorado, referred to as Ned Fest, started Friday. This family friendly mountain festival began in the late 90’s and has evolved from a two-day festival to a three day, that typically happens the weekend before Labor Day weekend. This year the folks at Ned Fest, added something new to their offerings, VIP passes. My wife and I are eight year veterans of this awesome and intimate festival and decided that we were down to see what the VIP experience would offer.

We arrived to the festival grounds, as the rain was beginning. We were a little unsure when we presented our tickets to the guy behind the counter, because he seemed to not know about the VIP package. It turned out that we were the first ones to check-in for VIP, so they got us hooked-up and sent us into the festival. We made it backstage (beside the stage) and were made to feel pretty freakin’ important (Thanks Mark!). The rain only got harder as Gipsy Moon worked their way through the opening set with their incredible edgy bluegrass sound. The four-piece was not deterred by the downpour and continued to tear-up original numbers, including a couple of new tunes. One of the set highlights was the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” with Mackenzie Page delivering stellar vocals.

Boulder’s own five-piece, Intuit, hit the tweener stage for a short set. To be honest, I spent most of their set, chatting with Gipsy Moon’s cellist, so though I could definitely hear it, I didn’t get to pay attention.

The night was set to close-out with Oregon’s very own post -apocalyptic marching band, MarchFouth!. They exploded out of the gate with pounding percussion and a tornado of horns. With music spanning several genres including funk, rock, jazz and ska, there was so much for the ears to process. However, MarchFourth! doesn’t stop there, they also overload the eyes, as well, with belly dancing, hula hoops and stilt walkers. In the middle of the set, they performed a super-sweet four song run, that began with the eastern influence of “Delhi Belly”. That was followed by “Cowbell” , which would probably be  Will Farrell’s favorite tune if he was familiar. A phenomenal cover of Paul Simon’s “Late In The Evening” was trailed by the funky dance vibe of “Get It On”. The band played until after ten and no one seemed to care that it was late when the festival closed for the day. I found out that for one of the dancers, it was her first night performing with the band, and the other was on her second night, but you never would have known it. One of the sax players was on his first night and he got a few opportunities to solo.

This was another wonderful day at Ned Fest and the music was a big part of that picture. Though yesterday was not a heavily attended day of the festival, the folks that did show up were certainly not left without being fully entertained. It was terrific and we are looking forward to day two with Hard Working Americans and Chris Robinson Brotherhood. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!



1924- Dinah Washington (singer; “What A Difference A Day Makes”; died in 1963)

Dinah Washington “I Don’t Hurt” live video link here.

1943- Dick Halligan (keyboards, flute + vocals w/ Blood, Sweat & Tears; “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”)               72 yrs.

1945- Chris Copping (member of Procol Harum; “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”)          70 yrs.

1953- Rick Downey (drummer w/ Blue Oyster Cult; “Don’t Fear The Reaper”)             62 yrs.

1958- Elizabeth Fraser (vocals w/ Cocteau Twins; “Heaven Or Las Vegas”)          57 yrs.

Cocteau Twins w/ Elizabeth Fraser “Pearly Dewdrop’s Drops” video link here.

1958- Michael Jackson (choreographer, singer + songwriter; “Bad”, “Human Nature”, “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Man In The Mirror” + more; member of The Jackson 5; “ABC” + “I Want You Back”; considered to be ‘The King Of Pop; died in 2010)

Michael Jackson “Human Nature” live video link here.

1963- Jerry Fehily  (member of Hothouse Flowers; “Don’t Go”)           52 yrs.
No Photos Available.

1967- Chris Gorman (drummer w/ Belly; “Feed The Tree”)              48 yrs.

 Gorman; front right

Belly w/ Chris Gorman “Gepetto” video link here.

1971- Alex Griffin (member of Ned’s Atomic Dustbin; “Grey Cell Green”)           44 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1975- Kyle Cook (guitarist w/ Matchbox 20; “3 a.m.”+ “Push”)            40 yrs.

Matchbox 20 w/ Kyle Cook “3AM” video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!



This week’s list of new releases was not extensive, but did include a few well-known artists. Motorhead, Yo La Tengo and Steep Canyon Rangers, all put out compelling new albums yesterday, but I decided to go down a musical path I don’t travel often these days, but seemed justified this week. Though, I am not crazy about Top 40 music like Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips and Passenger, this week I decided to review an album that has some similar qualities to these acts. Ben Rector’s sixth studio album “Brand New” may not be entirely original when it comes to the music, but the lyrics are nothing to scoff at.

The short opening number, “Make Something Beautiful” has a feel like Bon Iver meets Michael Buble.

The title track, “Brand New” has a lot of similarities to songs by Phillip Phillips, while seeming a little more organic. The lyrical content is where, I believe, the major differences come in to play, especially in writing a love song that mentions John Cusak.

“Paris” begins fittingly with accordion before going deeply acoustic on the young love revisited number. It is easy to draw a comparison to something by John Mayer, with descriptives that put you in the story.

There is something pop meets modern country on “Favorite Song”, with its comparisons between those tunes and the love of your life.

“The Men That Drive Me Places” is one of the deepest tunes on the album, and the minimal piano helps to present the brilliant lyrics. It is a tune that puts our world in perspective, where people who do so little, can be given so much, while their are the unsung who do so much more for so much less.

“Fear” starts with some building mandolin, and becomes a wonderfully inspirational cut. With lyrics like “learned to dance with the fear, that I’d been running from”, it is probably too positive and deep for the radio, but I would love to hear it there.

The lyrical magnificence continues on “Note To Self” and its much more singer/songwriter vibe. It is a perfect idea to sometimes give ourselves the advice we often offer so freely to others.

“Like The World Is Going To End” seems like it would be radio friendly, but it is another cut that may be too deep, for mainstream radio to flock to. Many artists have sung about this idea, but most use it as a springboard for a love song or a party tune, but Ben’s perspective is much more insightful.

Rector opens “Crazy” with a little disclaimer and a declaration about how partying at the hottest clubs all night long with celebrities is not reality for most of us. The upbeat nature of the tune lends itself to be an anthem for us regular folks, who’s lives are usually crazy enough.

“Almost Home” deals with the ups and downs of being on the road, but how the destination is always home. He doesn’t shy away from describing the low points and highlights of that lifestyle, leaving it open to some interpretation as to which is which.

“30,000 Feet” is a tune about talking to a first time flyer and finding that the elevation is good for true perspective on where you’ve been and where you’re headed, and how most things have a way of working themselves out.

The album wraps with “More Like Love” which perfectly sums up the journey on “Brand New”. It is a stripped down cut that purveys the honest intention of being a vehicle for the best that man can offer the world.

Ben Rector is a twenty-eight year old singer/songwriter from Oklahoma, who is currently based out of Nashville. Ben’s sixth studio album, “Brand New” is a solid piece of radio friendly music, that the radio will probably never be introduced to. Many of the tracks on “Brand New” have catchy beats and even sound somewhat similar to songs by Rector’s contemporaries, but are too deep lyrically to get any airplay. I don’t listen to a lot of Top40 music, but I do know enough to say that there isn’t enough of it that makes people think. With some of the catchy beats and familiar sounds, the positively introspective lyrics could be well-received, if they ever get offered. In a world where horrible events happen daily, wouldn’t it be amazing to allow the radio to be a vehicle for what is good and light in our lives? I would recommend this album to fans of Phillip Phillips, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran, but also to anyone who isn’t afraid of singer/ songwriter pop and who is okay with a look inward. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!



1942- Sterling Morrison (guitarist w/ Velvet Underground; “Waiting For My Man”; died in 1995)

Sterling Morrison Photo by

The Velvet Underground w/ Sterling Morrison “What Goes On” video link here.

1948- Danny Seraphine (drummer w/ Chicago)           67 yrs.

Danny Seraphine

1965- Eileen Regina Edwards a.k.a. Shania  Twain (country singer; “That Don’t Impress Me Much” + “Man I Feel Like A Woman”; Grammy award winner)           50 yrs.

Shania Twain Wallpapers

1969- Jack Black (actor/musician; half of Tenacious D)           46 yrs.

Jack Black has revealed he is

Tenacious D w/ Jack Black “Tribute” video link here.

1982- Leann Rimes (country singer; “How Do I Live”)          33 yrs.

LeAnn Rimes Goes to Treatment

1986- Florence Welch (singer + songwriter w/ Florence & The Machine)          29 yrs.

florence welch, florence and

Florence & The Machine w/ Florence Welch “Spectrum” video link here.

These are today’s birthdays, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!




1942- Daryl Dragon (half of Captain & Tennille; “Do That To Me One More Time”)
73 yrs.

Daryl Dragon

Captain & Tennille w/ Daryl Dargon “Love Will Keep Us Together” live video link here.

1947- David Leon ‘Billy’ Knight (percussionist; “Midnight Train To Georgia” + “The Way We Were”; died in 2002)                             No Photo Available.

1951- Kevin Kavanaugh (member of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)              64 yrs.

Kevin Kavanaugh playing with

1953- Alex Lifeson (guitarist w/ Rush; “Tom Sawyer”, “Time Stand Still”, “Spirit Of Radio” + more…)           62 yrs.

Alex Lifeson

Rush w/ Alex Lifeson “Fly By Night” live video link here.

1970- Tony Kanal (bassist w/ No Doubt; “Don’t Speak”)            45 yrs.

Tony Kanal, the bassist for No

1977- Mason Betha a.k.a. Mase (rapper; “Top Of The World” w/ Brandy; worked w/ Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G. + more…)                            38 yrs.

pastor mase Has Pastor Mase

Mase “Welcome Back” video link here.

1979- Sarah Neufeld (violinist w/ Arcade Fire)               36 yrs.

Sarah Neufeld.jpg

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!



1941- Chris Curtis (drummer w/ The Searchers; “Love Potion No. 9” + “Needles & Pins”; died in 2005)

Chris Curtis - Wikipedia, the

1948- Valerie Simpson (singer w/ Ashford & Simpson; “Solid”)           67 yrs.

The legendary Valerie Simpson

Ashford & Simpson w/ Valerie Simpson “Solid” live video link here.

1950- Bill Cowsill (member of The Cowsills; “Hair”)           65 yrs.

Bill Cowsill Birth name

1950- Dick Cowsill (member of The Cowsills; “Hair”)         65 yrs.


1952- Billy Rush (member of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)            63 yrs.

Clemmons and Billy Rush, Billy Rush on the right

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes w/ Billy Rush “Groovy Movies” live video link here.

1954- Michael Chetwood (keyboards w/ T’Pau; “Heart & Soul”)            61 yrs.

Michael Chetwood

1966- Dan Vickrey (guitarist w/ Counting Crows; “Angels Of The Silences” + “Round Here”)                      49 yrs.


1966- Shirley Manson (vocals w/ Garbage; “I’m Only Happy When It Rains”)        49 yrs.

Shirley Manson

Garbage w/ Shirley Manson “Stupid Girl” video link here.

1969- Adrian Young (drummer w/ No Doubt; “Don’t Speak”)                  46 yrs.

Adrian Young Pictures

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!