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(Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com) Interviewing Ray Charles back in 1983 was like interviewing a man who had conquered the world and done it all. Ray was like an explorer seeking out new lands or a great warrior defeating his enemies in battles that were stacked against him. He was afraid of nothing, and though he experienced more than his share of defeats and losses, he never turned his ship around to head back to home shores or retreated in the face of an overwhelming enemy. Charles had seen and done it all by the time I met on him…

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Decades since ELO first disbanded, its legacy has gotten bigger and bigger. The band’s inventive orchestral pop/rock farmed by band mastermind Jeff Lynne’s Technicolor “everything but the kitchen sink production” shamefully didn’t garner the respect and accolades they deserved from a jaded press corps. But in 2016, ELO, once wrongly written off by critics, is now rightfully regarded as high art. As architect of ELO’s sound, production and songwriter, Jeff Lynne is now being afforded the respect he deserves as one of music’s most consummate and skilled record makers. The new Jeff Lynne’s ELO album, Alone in the Universe, has…

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Jim Nelson, KCSN 88.5 FM DJ and Rock Cellar Magazine scribe, is back with another band profile for Turn Me On…this time focusing on the Shelters!  Can you imagine? You’re a young band, playing a hometown gig and you look out from the stage to see seven, maybe eight faces looking back at you. There’s your girlfriend, your girlfriend’s mom, your girlfriend’s little brother, your next door neighbor, Tom Petty, your next door neighbor’s mom, the drummer’s girlfriend…. Wait. What? Back up a sec. Seriously, your girlfriend brought her mom? And what’s Tom Petty doing here? No one’s saying…

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Guest post by Peter Palmiere ———————————– All you need is Love rang true Thursday night, July 14 at the Mirage hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada, as Cirque du Soleil celebrated the 10th anniversary of the monumentally successful Beatles LOVE show. The performance, which still attracts record crowds, drew a very good response and a standing ovation from the crowd — which was delighted to be treated to live appearances from Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The mere appearance of the remaining two Beatles sent a wave of excitement throughout the crowd, charming everyone and transporting folks back to the ’60s. In…

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This month, KCSN 88.5’s Jim Nelson spotlights Catfish and the Bottlemen for our Turn Me On category… Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, there’s a busker who directly impacted the name of a rock band from a small Welsh seaside resort town. Years after the fact. This busker from Down Under, dubbed Catfish the Bottleman for the liquid-filled bottles that he used as an instrument, was pretty much the first musical memory of a very young Ryan Evan “Van” McCann, whose family had briefly traveled to Australia. Back home in Llandudno, Wales, in 2007, a teenage McCann started playing guitar with Billy…

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I’m from Maryland. So is Clutch. Shamefully, I boarded the Clutch bandwagon WAY late, even after years of hearing their name bandied about by the heavier rock fans in my musical circle. While I was busy learning Cinderella covers to play at strip-mall menu venues, Clutch was doing things in a dogged, determined fashion, always guided by their own integrity and sheer force of will. “I like Maryland,” says Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster. “I still live in Maryland. I could see living in New Orleans or Northern California or maybe the Outer Banks but that would require moving and moving…

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Rock Cellar Magazine was fortunate enough to attend Ringo Starr’s recent 76th birthday celebration at Capitol Records in Hollywood. Below, enjoy a recap of the festivities and some event photos – review by Peter Palmiere, and all photos courtesy Jill Jarrett.  Ringo Starr and assorted celebrity friends gathered at Capitol Records in Los Angeles on his birthday, July 7th.  This has become a tradition for Starr, who wants the whole world to celebrate Peace and Love. The commitment to peace was so strong that Starr wanted everyone in the world to turn to each other with a peace sign and say “Peace…

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“I guess it’s my sense of inquisitiveness and maybe boredom, a mixture of the two. I always look for tomorrow in today. Whoever’s involved with my music at the time, I go along with them, hand-in-hand, to find out where I can go. The answers are always there if you look carefully enough.” Unlike his contemporaries, Jeff Beck has only ever followed his muse. It’s frustrated many of his most ardent followers, but in hindsight it’s liberated Beck. At 72, he isn’t forced to tour the world playing his greatest hits, and Loud Hailer is proof positive. After meeting rhythm…

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Delta Lady: A Memoir is the apt title of Lafayette, Tennessee-born singer Rita Coolidge’s new autobiography. That classic Leon Russell-penned track and his signature A Song For You were inspired by Coolidge — also the muse of onetime beau Stephen Stills, who wrote Cherokee about the talented singer/songwriter. But apart from her qualities as a muse of the highest order, Coolidge is a first class singer and songwriter– She co-penned Superstar, a monster hit for The Carpenters and also served as background vocalist for the likes of Eric Clapton’s After Midnight, Stills’ Love The One You’re With, Ray Charles’ Busted, Joe Cocker, Delaney…

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There is no easy characterization of the Leo Sayer sound. The singer-songwriter broke out in the U.S. with 1974’s Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance), a quirky story-song that made the Top 10. Sayer followed with a pair of No. 1 hits: the disco-flavored You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and a ballad, When I Need You. Hits like How Much Love and More Than I Can Say followed. Sayer’s career’s took off in 1973 under the tutelage of British pop star Adam Faith, whom Sayer calls an “incredibly charismatic rogue.” Faith introduced the young writer to the Who’s Roger Daltrey,…

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