Behind the YouTube Success of ‘Ten Second Songs’ with the Man Himself, Anthony Vincent (Interview at NAMM 2018)

Behind the YouTube Success of ‘Ten Second Songs’ with the Man Himself, Anthony Vincent (Interview at NAMM 2018)

Over the past few years, it’s been nearly impossible to peruse social media without coming across one of Anthony Vincent’s YouTube videos — you probably know him by the name of his video series, Ten Second Songs. In each clip, Vincent delights the viewer with a variety of different musical styles, all singing parts of […]

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

   “White folks hear the blues come out, but they don’t know how it got there.” – Ma Rainey “Time Is on My Side” by Irma Thomas and the Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side” was written by Jerry Ragovoy for jazz trombonist Kai Winding in 1963. Winding’s version, essentially an instrumental, only included […]

Behind the Curtain: David Foster

Behind the Curtain: David Foster

I have always wanted to be a songwriter. I have always wanted to write songs and play guitar in a rock and roll band. Who doesn’t? I tried to write songs not long after I started playing guitar when I was about 13 years old. I would sit in my bedroom with my cheap little […]

Bobby Whitlock on Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominos … and Why He Hates the Piano Coda of ‘Layla’ (Q&A)

Bobby Whitlock on Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominos … and Why He Hates the Piano Coda of ‘Layla’ (Q&A)

Keyboardist, guitarist and singer Bobby Whitlock has performed on some of rock’s best-loved albums since his early days with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The Memphis native, mentored at Stax Records by Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper, soon became a favorite of British musicians who hoped to tap his soulful R&B style. Whitlock, a […]

Top 11 Songs About Booze

Top 11 Songs About Booze

“I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.” – Rodney Dangerfield “The No No Song” by Ringo Starr Singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton was inspired to write “The No No Song” the morning after a losing bout with booze and drugs. “I was afraid if I looked […]

Music, Life and Social Media with Robyn Hitchcock (Q&A)

Music, Life and Social Media with Robyn Hitchcock (Q&A)

Whether you’re a fan of the Soft Boys, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians or simply Robyn Hitchcock as a solo singer-songwriter, there’s definitely something for you in the English musician’s new self-titled, Brendan Benson-produced album. The legendary tunesmith tells me at the outset of our conversation that he sees the album as almost a summary […]

Behind the Curtain: From J. Sloan’s in Hollywood to an Encounter with the ‘Super Freak’ Himself, Rick James

Behind the Curtain: From J. Sloan’s in Hollywood to an Encounter with the ‘Super Freak’ Himself, Rick James

Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com Before I begin this rock and roll tale about my encounter with Rick James, I want to explain in a way—or attempt to anyway—how I write these stories. If you’ve read any of my previous narratives, you know that a lot of times I’ll talk about stuff that doesn’t seem […]

Top 11 Los Angeles Songs

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 […]

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