Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain “In the Presence of the Lord” by Blind Faith Eric Clapton wrote “In the Presence of the Lord” in 1969 while a member of Blind Faith. He asked keyboardist Steve Winwood to provide […]

Top 11 Prison Songs

Top 11 Prison Songs

I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison. – W. C. Fields “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” was the title song of Elvis Presley‘s 1957 film about an innocent prisoner who later becomes a star. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller discussed writing “Jailhouse […]

Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’ — The Interview

Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’ — The Interview

They’re songs that sound like they’ve been around forever, timeless musical screeds drawing from a deep well of country, R&B, folk, gospel, roots rock, Dixieland jazz, and Tin Pan Alley. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Stage Fright,” “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” “Rag Mama Rag,” “It Makes No Difference,” “King Harvest (Has […]

Top 11 Gambling Songs

Top 11 Gambling Songs

“Part of the $10 million I spent on gambling, part on booze and part on women. The rest I spent foolishly.” – George Raft Established rock acts today often appear at casinos, where musicians like Elton John, Kiss and Guns N’ Roses have played residencies. So enjoy our Top 11 Gambling Songs – but please, […]

Robbie Robertson Recalls the Band’s Hits, Legacy and Experiences (Interview)

Robbie Robertson Recalls the Band’s Hits, Legacy and Experiences (Interview)

Throughout the course of their illustrious career, The Band were arguably the finest practitioners of Americana, deftly cross-pollinating blues, C&W, honky tonk, R&B, gospel, soul, funk, Cajun and more into a delectable musical stew. The Night They Drive Old Dixie Down, King Harvest (Has Surely Come), The Weight, The Shape I’m In,  Up On Cripple […]

Turn Me On #5: Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Band

Turn Me On #5: Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Band

One of the bands on the lineup for this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival that caught our attention were the Tumbleweed Wanderers, a group of Oakland, California-based musicians working their way up the folk/rock scene. Combining earnest, soulful down-home melodies and an array of instrumentation (in addition to the ‘usual’, they also employ a glockenspiel, […]