All you Americans know what day it is today, right? Of course
you do! It's Hendrix's birthday! Duh. And I'd like to suggest you celebrate by listening to this excellent compilation of various soul and R&B singles that featured Jimi's guitar artistry before
the man became the most celebrated guitarist in American music history. JIMI HENDRIX : THE SOUL SESSIONS
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 27, 2013 -
A remarkably diverse group of legendary musicians
have graced the stage of Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom
over the years: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard
, the Sex Pistols
(one of seven stops on their one and only 1978 U.S. tour…the hole
in the drywall left by Sid Vicious’ fist is still backstage), the Ramones, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Blondie, The Talking Heads, U2, Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dogg, Morrissey, Beck, Wilco
, to name a few.
featuring Costello and several other artists who’ve played there is in the works, with proceeds supporting music education in Oklahoma and the upcoming Cain’s Ballroom Museum. Cain’s was recently named one of the top 10 live music venues
in the U.S.
From 1935 to 1942, Cain’s was home to Bob Wills
and The Texas Playboys, who popularized western swing music
with weekly dances and a national radio show
posted by Kelly Tulsa
on May 9, 2012 -
Merry Christmas! Merry Merry Christmas!
In 1988, the Writers Guild of America had a strike
, the longest in its history, lasting 155 days. The strike had some fallout -- both Moonlighting
and Kate and Allie
lost audience members due to long hiatuses during the strike, which may have led to their cancellation. And while it generally did not affect children's television, one show, in particular, was hard-hit by the strike: Pee Wee's Playhouse
, which had a season of only two episodes, plus a Christmas special
. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod
on Dec 14, 2011 -
It's no secret that throughout their long career, the Rolling Stones have covered lots
of tunes by black singers and bands from the worlds of soul, blues, R&B, reggae and early rock'n'roll, and have, of course, been heavily influenced by these various genres in their own performance and songwriting. Perhaps a bit lesser known is that several of the most iconic and legendary figures in black music have covered Stones songs as well. Here's Brown Sugar
by Little Richard
by Aretha Frankilin
and Otis Redding
, Under My Thumb
by Tina Turner
, Start Me Up
by Toots and the Maytals
and, rather unexpectedly, Let's Spend the Night Together
by blues great Muddy Waters
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jun 14, 2011 -
The best CD I've purchased so far this year is the latest
from the Blind Boys of Alabama
. this record features superb vocalizing, great bluesy guitar, and a Sones(!) and Tom Waits(!!) cover. In an age where "gospel music" has sunk into the quagmire of "Contemporary Christian"
, its easy to forget that old-school gospel
influences on rock and roll. Little Richard, for one, took his trademark "Whoo!" from Marion Williams and countless rockers from Aretha to Elvis learned to sing in church.
Now, can I get an Amen?!
posted by jonmc
on Apr 2, 2002 -