Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge departed from the three-minute single in 1967 with their debut album Vanilla Fudge. The New York-area band – drummer Carmine Appice, bassist Tim Bogert, guitarist Vinny Martell and organist Mark Stein – released the groundbreaking LP with extended versions of “Ticket to Ride,” “She’s Not There,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ […]

Reflecting on the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California,’ 40 Years Later

Reflecting on the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California,’ 40 Years Later

By Marvin Matthews Senior Writer, Mountain City Rock Montreal’s Online Rock Station http://www.mountaincityrock.com/ The Eagles recently issued a special edition of their album ‘Hotel California’ to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the classic release. Here is my look back. “On a dark, desert highway…” I’m quite certain that if you recited those five words to anyone, […]

The Reinvention of Noel Gallagher

The Reinvention of Noel Gallagher

Former Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher on his new album, not looking back, and his brother. “I couldn’t have done it without David,” Noel Gallagher says, generously giving credit to his producer, dance and soundtrack legend David Holmes, for the remarkable left turn that his new album, Who Built The Moon?, marks for the […]

Q&A: Judith Owen on Songwriting, Singing Backup for Spinal Tap and Music’s Role in Mental Health

Q&A: Judith Owen on Songwriting, Singing Backup for Spinal Tap and Music’s Role in Mental Health

With her new album Somebody’s Child, British singer/songwriter Judith Owen delivers an exceptional album conjuring the confessional Laurel Canyon music of yesterday — think Carole King, Judee Sill, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell — while infusing the artist’s own distinctive flair with sophisticated musical textures and hard-hitting lyrics. The album, which features seasoned accompaniment in the […]

In Appreciation of The Drifters’ ‘White Christmas,’ a Deserving Holiday Season Classic

In Appreciation of The Drifters’ ‘White Christmas,’ a Deserving Holiday Season Classic

Thanksgiving is immediately followed by a brutal month of Christmas music overload. They’re inescapable; every radio station, department store, and building lobby pummels us with treacly tunes of the season.  So when a great song rises above the holiday hype, it deserves recognition. Such is the Drifters‘ version of the yuletide classic “White Christmas.” Bing […]

Judy Collins: On ‘Everybody Knows,’ Working With Stephen Stills and Music’s Ability to Empower (The Interview)

Judy Collins: On ‘Everybody Knows,’ Working With Stephen Stills and Music’s Ability to Empower (The Interview)

Soon after their fiery two-year relationship ended, Stephen Stills wrote “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” about Judy Collins. The iconic multi-part track opened Crosby, Stills & Nash’s 1969 debut album. Collins and Stills remained friends over the decades, but only recorded together sporadically. That all changed earlier this year, as Stills and Collins combined some of […]

Top 11 Songs Performed By Women

Top 11 Songs Performed By Women

“Men make angry music and it’s called rock and roll; Women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they’re angry and militant.” – Ani DiFranco Note: Obviously, selecting 11 songs performed by female songwriters/singers leaves out countless similarly deserving titles — so feel free to leave a comment below with any we omitted that you’d […]

An Archival Conversation with the Late Glen Campbell

An Archival Conversation with the Late Glen Campbell

The passing of country legend Glen Campbell earlier this year elicited warm tributes and outpourings of love and memories from those he impacted. Below, enjoy an archival interview with him, as conducted by Rock Cellar’s Ken Sharp a few years back, as our own tribute to the iconic Campbell. ——————————- Music fans first met Glen Campbell […]

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