Top 11 Los Angeles Songs

I don’t want to live in a city where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red light. – Woody Allen Despite its earthquakes, traffic, smog and pretentiousness, Los Angeles has inspired great tunes like those on our list of Top 11 L.A. Songs. Know any more? Take… Continue reading Top 11 Los Angeles Songs

Dual Q&A: Ambrosia's Burleigh Drummond and Player's Peter Beckett

The term “Yacht Rock” was created by music critics to describe the smooth commercial and in their words, slightly cheesy sound of a litany of successful late ‘70s pop/rock acts. Both Ambrosia and Player, whose music is often labeled as “Yacht Rock,” racked up huge charts in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with How… Continue reading Dual Q&A: Ambrosia's Burleigh Drummond and Player's Peter Beckett

Hear Timothy B. Schmit's Rootsy New Song 'Red Dirt Road', Off Upcoming Solo LP 'Leap of Faith'

On September 23, Timothy B. Schmit will release a solo album titled Leap of Faith. For Schmit, known for his legendary work with Poco and the Eagles, last released a solo record in 2009, Expando. As he told Rolling Stone about Leap of Faith, he worked on the material between touring periods with the Eagles. Schmit… Continue reading Hear Timothy B. Schmit's Rootsy New Song 'Red Dirt Road', Off Upcoming Solo LP 'Leap of Faith'

Photos: Rock Cellar Magazine's 'California Saga' Tribute Shows @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Last weekend, Rock Cellar Magazine and the Get Together Foundation teamed up for a pair of all-star tribute gigs at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. With proceeds benefiting some local charities, the California Saga shows paid tribute to some of the most classic California music ever created – think CSNY, Linda Ronstadt, the… Continue reading Photos: Rock Cellar Magazine's 'California Saga' Tribute Shows @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Behind the Curtain: Ritchie Blackmore

For his latest Behind the Curtain, writer Steve Rosen recounts a memorable experience with guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore… In December 1974, I flew to St. Paul, Minnesota to meet Ritchie Blackmore for the first time. Creem Magazine wanted me to go out to the Twin Cities to interview Deep Purple’s brooding cat in the black hat.… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Ritchie Blackmore

A Long, Long Time: Linda Ronstadt Looks Back on Four Decades of Music (Interview)

Over delicate acoustic guitar finger-picking and a lush orchestral score, Linda Ronstadt sings, “’cause I’ve done everything I know to try and make you mine and I think I’m gonna love you for a long long time.” It’s a line from her 1970 single, Long, Long Time, her first hit as a solo artist. For this writer,… Continue reading A Long, Long Time: Linda Ronstadt Looks Back on Four Decades of Music (Interview)