Q&A: Jorma Kaukonen’s New Book ‘Been So Long’ Recalls His Journey from Jefferson Airplane to Hot Tuna and Beyond

Q&A: Jorma Kaukonen’s New Book ‘Been So Long’ Recalls His Journey from Jefferson Airplane to Hot Tuna and Beyond

Jorma Kaukonen has been a force in rock music for more than a half-century. A founding member of two groundbreaking bands – Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna – the singer-guitarist has just released his new autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music. Kaukonen’s guitar work with the Airplane helped define psychedelic rock guitar; at the […]

Eric Clapton to Release First Christmas Album, ‘Happy Xmas,’ Featuring Classics and an Original Song, on 10/12

Eric Clapton to Release First Christmas Album, ‘Happy Xmas,’ Featuring Classics and an Original Song, on 10/12

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday music. That’s a sentiment that Eric Clapton apparently holds, and on Oct. 12 the guitar legend will release Happy Xmas, his first album meant to encourage holiday cheer and his 24th LP overall. In addition to new recordings of classic and lesser-known Christmas songs, one original […]

Doyle Bramhall II Premieres ‘What You Need,’ ft. Eric Clapton — New Album Out 10/5 (Listen)

Doyle Bramhall II Premieres ‘What You Need,’ ft. Eric Clapton — New Album Out 10/5 (Listen)

Guitarist/songwriter Doyle Bramhall II is one of those guys. The ones who deserve your attention due to their style, hard work, and incredibly rich resume of accomplishments. He’s played alongside Eric Clapton, Gregg Allman, Elton John, T-Bone Burnett and Allen Toussaint, among others, establishing himself as one of the most resilient guitarists honing his craft […]

DVD/Blu-Ray Review of ‘Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story’

DVD/Blu-Ray Review of ‘Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story’

The recent 108-minute DVD—Still On the Run: The Jeff Beck Story—produced by Eagle Vision/Universal Music Group is an engaging and informative visual document on the legendary guitarist. There are interviews with some of the musicians who have played pivotal roles in Beck’s career, including Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood and Jan Hammer […]

Top 11 Songs About Fictional Characters

Top 11 Songs About Fictional Characters

“I am the Batman. This is my city. At night it belongs to me.” “Batman” by Neal Hefti On first listen, the theme from the Batman TV show seems pretty simple: a jazzy score and the word “Batman” repeated 12 times. But composer Neal Hefti said in TV’s Biggest Hits that it was the hardest […]

Happy 73rd Birthday to the Man They Call ‘Slowhand,’ Eric Clapton

Happy 73rd Birthday to the Man They Call ‘Slowhand,’ Eric Clapton

Among guitarists, few have led careers as legendary and influential as Eric Clapton — and today, the man affectionately referred to as ‘Slowhand’ celebrates his 73rd birthday. In late 2017, Rock Cellar published a piece from writer Frank Mastropolo that brought together insight from throughout the music world about Clapton and his importance over the […]

Randy Bachman Loves the Beatles (Q&A About His New George Harrison Tribute LP, ‘By George – By Bachman’)

Randy Bachman Loves the Beatles (Q&A About His New George Harrison Tribute LP, ‘By George – By Bachman’)

Randy Bachman’s status as a rock and roll pioneer and legend is rock solid. He was a founding member of the Guess Who in the 1960s and Bachman Turner Overdrive in the 1970s, with hits like “American Woman,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “These Eyes” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” under his belt, and is […]

Top 11 Hit Songs That Were Recorded Live

Top 11 Hit Songs That Were Recorded Live

“Mony Mony” by Billy Idol “Mony Mony” was a 1968 hit for Tommy James and received renewed attention when Billy Idol recorded a version that reached No. 7 on the Billboard dance chart in 1981. In his autobiography Dancing With Myself, Idol explains the song’s attraction. “That song has always had special significance to me. I […]

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