Monthly Archives: February 2016


1904- Jimmy Dorsey (band leader, saxophonist + clarinetist w/ Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; died in 1957)

1976- Ja Rule (rapper; “I’m Real” w/ Jennifer Lopez)                        40 yrs.

Ja Rule w/ Jennifer Lopez “I’m Real” video link here.

These are your birthdays for this rather rare day, along with a video link for one of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!!!! Enjoy!!


The first Friday of March, promises an eclectic mix, with plenty of alternative and electronic music to choose from. Acts like Ray Lamontagne, Violent Femmes, M. Ward, Loretta Lynn, Esperanza Spalding are all releasing new albums this Friday, as well as several other artists. Though, I have only minimally sampled these albums, some of the other impressive releases are from Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Ben Abraham and Guy Andrews.

  • Ben Abraham- “Sirens”
  • Black Peaches- “Get Down You Dirty Rascals”
  • Chris Standring- “Ten”
  • City Of The Sun- “To The Sun & All The Cities In Between”
  • Club Cheval- “Discipline”
  • Esperanza Spalding- “Emily’s D+ Evolution”
  • Frank Solivan- “Family, Friends + Heroes”
  • Greg Laswell- “Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet”
  • Guy Andrews- “Our Spaces”
  • Loretta Lynn- “Full Circle”
  • M.Ward- “More Rain”
  • Ray Lamontagne- “Ouroboros”
  • Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place- “You’re Doomed Be Nice”
  • Sego- “Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around”
  • Teen Suicide- “It’s The Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir The Honeypot”
  • Thao & The Get Down Stay Down- “A Man Alive”
  • The Coral- “Distance In Between”
  • The Zolas- “Swooner”
  • Violent Femmes- “We Can Do Anything”
  • Wall Of Death- “Loveland”

This is the list of new releases that will be coming out this Friday. I will choose one of these albums for a review. I will post the review on Saturday, so check-back to see which album I chose and to read the review. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!!


1941- Marty Sanders (guitarist w/ Jay and the Americans)                75 yrs.

Marty Sanders from Jay and the

1942- Brian Jones (multi-instrumentalist + founding member of The Rolling Stones; died in 1969)

Brian Jones performing on tv

1942- Joe South (singer/songwriter; worked w/ Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, + Aretha Franklin; died in 2012)

Joe South (born Joe Souter

1943- Donnie Iris (singer + guitarist w/ Wild Cherry; “Play That Funky Music”)            73 yrs.

Donnie Iris Tickets

Wild Cherry w/ Donnie Iris “Play That Funky Music” live video link here.

1945- Ronnie Rosman (member of Tommy James & The Shondells)                    71 yrs.

Ron Rosman

1952- Eddie Manion (saxophone w/ Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)                   64 yrs.

Eddie "Kingfish" Manion

1957- Cindy Wilson (singer, musician + founding member of B-52’s)                          59 yrs.

B-52’s w/ Cindy Wilson “Rock Lobster” video link here.

1957- Ian Stanley (keyboards w/ Tears For Fears)                           59 yrs.

Ian Stanley

Tears For Fears w/ Ian Stanley “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
live video link here

1957- Phil Gould (drummer w/ Level 42)                          59 yrs.

brother Boon did then Phil

Level 42 w/ Phillip Gould “Something About You” video link here.

1966- Ian Brown (singer w/ The Stone Roses)                                 50 yrs.

Photo Gallery: Ian Brown

The Stone Roses w/ Ian Brown “Love Spreads” video link here.

1971- Nigel Godrich (Grammy winning recording engineer + producer; worked w/ Radiohead)                       45 yrs.

Nigel Godrich

1994- Jake Edwin Kennedy a.k.a. Jake Bugg (singer/songwriter)                     22 yrs.

Jake Bugg fans - Follow me!

Jake Bugg “Two Fingers” live video link here.

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



This week’s list of new albums was a hefty one, including new material from Bonnie Raitt and Anthrax, as well as Willie Nelson paying homage to George Gershwin and live Jake Shimabukuro. There were plenty of other good albums to be sampled, and I did. When I had finished, there was a pretty clear choice. I decided to review the tribute album to the music of Blind Willie Johnson, which includes outstanding covers by Tom Waits, Cowboy Junkies, Lucinda Williams and many more incredible artists. Blind Willie Johnson is a blues artist that is often considered more along the lines of a street corner evangelist, with many of his songs containing lyrical content that was gospel in nature. Many of Johnson’s songs are still widely performed, today.

The fairly well-known “The Soul Of A Man” opens the album with Tom Waits commanding attention with his gravelly voice in a ‘call and response’ manner. With resonator guitar and the choir clapping, it is a perfect tribute to Johnson.

After a sweet guitar intro, Lucinda Williams hums to sing on “It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine”. Her style and warble bring the perfect dash country to Johnson’s gospel blues.

Derek Trucks opens “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning” with some sweet slide guitar. Susan Tedeschi adds her soulful vocals to the deeper voices of the backing singers, which makes this one a stand-out.

Cowboy Junkies put a twist on their cover of “Jesus Is Coming” by using what sounds like a clip of Blind Willie Johnson to give them a template for their own spectacular country roots additions to the song.

“Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time” had more of a blues flavor when Johnson played it, but The Blind Boys Of Alabama truly take this number to church, with tremendous harmonies and gospel steel guitar.

Sinead O’Connor seemed like an interesting choice for this particular tribute, but on “Trouble Will Soon Be Over” she seems like a natural singing old American spirituals. Picture a celtic singer and a Baptist choir in perfect unison, and you have this performance.

Luther Dickinson is joined by The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band on “Bye & Bye I’m Going To See The King”. This song has a march feel, with some fabulous guitar and beautiful fife to round out the sound.

Lucinda Williams opens “God Don’t Never Change” acapella with instrumentation trickling in. On her second cut on the album, Williams solidifies the country gospel blues sound that absolutely fits her voice.

“John The Revelator” sees Tom Waits making his second appearance, as well. Waits brings vocal fire and brimstone to this frequently covered classic, while the backing vocals attempt to soften the edges, just a bit.

This more folk rendition of “Let Your Light Shine On Me” by Maria McKee takes a nice breath of gospel glory, with the incorporation of the organ to her more acoustic style.

I am a fan of Rickie Lee Jones, but “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground” seems like a struggle for her, both to sing and to play. Unfortunately, as more musicians get into the mix, it becomes jumbled and messy. I was hoping to like this version, but I don’t think it is going to happen.

Despite one hiccup, “God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson” is a remarkable piece of music, that not only gives a hats off to Johnson, but also seeks to show how timeless these songs are and how they know no boundaries when it comes to reinterpretation of these classics for new audiences. It would be hard to go wrong with phenomenal artists like The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Luther Dickinson and Sinead O’Connor on the album, and by my accounts, near impossible. If you are a fan of Blind Willie Johnson, you should definitely pick this up, but blues lovers will also find something to spark their interest in this particular style of music. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!




1948- Eddie Gray (guitar w/ Tommy James & The Shondells)          68 yrs.
No Photos Available.

1954- Neal Schon (guitarist w/ Journey; former member of Santana)                62 yrs.

Neal Schon

Journey w/ Neal Schon “Stone In Love” live video link here.

1957- Adrian Smith (member of Iron Maiden)                 59 yrs.

Adrian Smith

Iron Maiden w/ Adrian Smith “Run To The Hills” live video link here.

1960- Paul Humphreys (half of Orchestral Manoeuvres  In The Dark)               56 yrs.

Paul Humphreys

O.M.D. w/ Paul Humphreys “If You Leave” video link here.

1964- Derek McKenzie (member of The Shamen)                     52 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1971- Rozonda Thomas a.k.a. Chilli (singer w/ TLC)                        45 yrs.

Chilli of TLC took action

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!!



1928- Antoine “Fats” Domino (singer, songwriter, pianist, bandleader: “Blueberry Hill”)
88 yrs.

Fats Domino - Wikipedia

Fats Domino “Ain’t That A Shame” video link here.

1932- Johnny Cash (country singer/songwriter/ T.V. show host; died in 2003)

Johnny Cash Remixed

Johnny Cash “I Hung My Head” video link here.

1945- Bob “The Bear” Hite (vocalist, harmonica player w/ Canned Heat; died in 1981)

Bob Hite | Tumblr

Canned Heat w/ Bob Hite “On The Road Again” live video link here.

1950- Jonathan Cain (keyboard player w/ Journey)                 66 yrs.

Keyboardist, Jonathan Cain

Journey w/ Jonathan Cain “Don’t Stop Believin” live video link here.

1953- Michael Bolton (singer; “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You”)
63 yrs.

That's why.

1968- Tim Commerford (bassist w/ Rage Against The Machine; member of Audioslave)      48 yrs.


Rage Against The Machine w/ Tim Commerford “Bulls On Parade”
live video link here.

1971- Erykah Badu (R&B singer)                     45 yrs.

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu “Tyrone” live video link here.

1979- Corrine Baily Rae (singer/songwriter)                          37 yrs.

Main article: Corinne Bailey

Corinne Bailey Rae “Closer” live video link here.

1982- Nate Ruess (singer, songwriter, lead vocalist w/ Fun.)                     34 yrs.

Nate Ruess of Fun.740

FUN w/ Nate Ruess “Some Nights” live video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE ELSE, WHO WAS BORN TODAY!!!! ENJOY!!!!



For the last few years, the folks at Highland Tap & Burger have been putting on the LOHI Music Festival in the Highland neighborhood of Denver. In those years, the fest has become a huge draw, putting on a huge festival on city streets that has included performances from Moe., The Motet, The Infamous Stringdusters, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, The New Mastersounds, Kung Fu, Hot Buttered Rum and more… This year’s line-up, may be the best yet!!

On Saturday, June 11, the LOHI Music Festival will present some of the best talent in the jam scene, today. The fest will be headlined by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, delivering some of the funkiest sounds around. Karl D. is a saxophonist, flutist, singer, songwriter who is a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars and has been on the last couple of tours, playing with The Rolling Stones, so he has a pretty impressive resume, to say the least. The String Cheese Incident’s, Kyle Hollingsworth will bring his band back to the LOHI stage for, what is sure to be, another stellar set. Not to be outdone, Animal Liberation Orchestra, out of California, have a groove heavy vibe that is meant to be heard outdoors, preferably under sun and blue skies. LOHI didn’t want to leave fans of roots music, out in the cold, so they have Poor Man’s Whiskey playing their rendition of Paul Simon’s “Graceland”. AMAZING!!!! For the jam lovers, the instrumental goodness of Greener Grounds is sure to hypnotize bodies into moving with the music. The rookies on the list are WHIP SNAP, but by no means are they any less talented than the other acts on the bill at LOHI. This line-up is incredible, but is made even better with the additions of Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman, both of the Trey Anastasio Band, as the ‘artists at large’. There is also an after party at Cervantes’, where Everyone Orchestra and Poor Man’s Whiskey are scheduled, along with other guests.

WOW!! That is one freaking phenomenal line-up for this year’s LOHI Music Festival. It is a fantastic festival, that may find the designated boundaries stretched to their limits this year. My suggestion to anyone who is considering this festival, which should be all of you, you may want to think about buying a VIP pass, this year. Though this isn’t the biggest festival, the area it takes up is small and gets quite packed especially around the smaller stage. For some breathing/dancing room by the main stage, as well as a catered buffet, premium spirits and private porto-pottys, the VIP provides all of this and more. Either way, get your tickets now, for this year’s LOHI Festival. I am adding some video of several of the acts, to give everyone a taste of what to expect on June 11.

That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!



1927- Dr. Ralph Edmund Stanley (singer+banjoist w/ The Clinch Mountain Boys; received honorary doctorate of Music)                             89 yrs.

Ralph Stanley.

Dr. Ralph Stanley live video link here.

1943- George Harrison (vocals + guitar w/ The Beatles; solo artist; member of Traveling Wilbury’s; died in 2001)

George Harrison

Traveling Wilburys w/ George Harrison “End Of The Line”
video link here.

1946- Pete Wernick a.k.a. Dr. Banjo (member of Hot Rize + Flexigrass)                   70 yrs.

1957- Stuart Wood (member of Bay City Rollers; “Saturday Night” + Bye Bye Baby”)                        59 yrs.

Bay City Rollers, Stuart Woody

1959- Mike Peters (guitar + vocals w/ The Alarm)                            57 yrs.

Mike Peters of The Alarm.jpg

The Alarm w/ Mike Peters “Rain In The Summertime” video link here.

1971- Daniel Powter (singer/ songwriter)                     45 yrs.

Daniel Powter

These are today’s birthdays, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN TODAY!! Enjoy!!



1942- Paul Jones (singer, harmonica player, actor, radio presenter; member of Manfred Mann + The Blues Band)                                      74 yrs.

Paul Jones, front man from

Manfred Mann w/ Paul Jones “Do Wah Diddy” live video link here.

1944- Nicky Hopkins (session piano player; worked w/ Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who & more..; died in 1994)

Nicky and I were hardly bosom

1947- Lonnie Turner (bassist w/ Steve Miller Band)      69 yrs.

Steve Miller and Lonnie Turner

1959- Colin Farley (bassist w/ The Cutting Crew)      57 yrs.

Friday, November 20, 2009 Colin Farley 2nd from right

Cutting Crew w/ Colin Farley “One For The Mockingbird” live video link here.

1962- Michelle Shocked (singer/ songwriter)                       54 yrs.

Michelle Shocked performs in

Michelle Shocked “Memories Of East Texas” live video link here.

1974- Chad Hugo (half of the music production/ writing duo The Neptunes)       42 yrs.

NEW YORK – Chad Hugo is

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!!



Though, I pride myself on constantly checking for additions to the summer 2016 concert season, somehow Red Rocks snuck a few impressive concerts by me over the last couple of days. The recent additions include, Rebelution, Lettuce, Steely Dan, Gramatik, Galactic and Boombox.

Reggae ambassadors, Rebelution will be bringing positive vibrations to Red Rocks on June 3. They will be joined by The Green, J Boog and Through The Roots.  The tickets are on sale and are $39.50.

The Northeast’s favorite funkateers, Lettuce will treat the famous amphitheatre to some eclectic sounds, along with openers, The Wailers performing ‘Exodus’, Manic Focus and hip-hop trailblazer Grandmaster Flash. This impressive show, will come to Red Rocks on June 10, with tickets already on sale for $39.50.

Among these younger acts, one veteran act, Steely Dan will be performing at Red Rocks on June 13. If that isn’t enough musical experience, just remember the incomparable Steve Winwood will be support for the show, which goes on sale this Saturday, February 27.

On June 17, Gramatik will take the stage at the historic venue. There is no support act listed, but the tickets are already on sale for $39.75.

To round out the list, there is an amazing double-bill on July 14, that includes New Orleans-based funk pioneers, Galactic and the highly danceable rocktronica sounds of Boombox. These two acts will receive support from the Pimps Of Joytime, with their own brand of world-soul-funk. The tickets for this show go on sale this Friday, February 26 and with a line-up like this, they probably won’t last long.

These are some fantastic shows coming to Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer and I will try to stay on top of these, posting the information, as I get it. That Is What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!