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 […]

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

A sample question from the TV show Jeopardy would read… “Two heartthrobs, two weirdos and a pulverizing sound mining Beatles-esque melodic magic affixed to Who/Yardbirds/Kinks muscle. The answer… “What is Cheap Trick?” Since storming the scene in the late ‘70s, Cheap Trick have weathered Mount Olympus commercial highs, devastating commercial misfortune, band lineup changes and […]

Fleetwood Mac, Blues and Chemistry: The Mick Fleetwood Interview

Fleetwood Mac, Blues and Chemistry: The Mick Fleetwood Interview

Long before Fleetwood Mac owned the Billboard record charts for years in the mid to late ’70s with a string of mega-selling albums/singles culled from the albums Fleetwood Mac, Rumours and Tusk, their formative sound was rooted in something altogether different. Fleetwood Mac mark 1 drew from a heavy blues-rock sound that stood in diametric opposition to their reputation as traditional pop […]

Q&A: Jim McCarty Discusses the Yardbirds’ Legacy

Q&A: Jim McCarty Discusses the Yardbirds’ Legacy

Via such epic singles as Shapes Of Things, Heart Full of Soul, For Your Love, Over Under Sideways Down, Happenings Ten Years Time Ago and others, The Yardbirds made their mark in the ’60s with a sound awash in gritty blues rock swagger. It also didn’t hurt that the band showcased in its ranks three […]

Perfectamusic: Riffing with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top (The Interview)

Perfectamusic: Riffing with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top (The Interview)

Texas guitar wrangler Billy Gibbons sure knows his way around a fret board, whether firing off blues soaked licks in his first major band The Moving Sidewalks or Texas’s finest rock and roll outfit, ZZ Top. First gaining national prominence as 1/3 of ZZ Top, Gibbons’ virtuoso guitar playing, consummate songwriting and whiskey-soaked vocals helped […]

Hollywood Vampires Rise from the Dead (The Interview)

Hollywood Vampires Rise from the Dead (The Interview)

Forget today’s rock and roll hell-raisers, there was some real dastardly rock and roll debauchery happening in Hollywood in the mid ‘70s with a little-known bunch of music hooligans called “The Hollywood Vampires” who used Hollywood’s Rainbow Bar & Grill as their club house. This ad hoc assemblage included president Alice Cooper, Vice President Keith Moon, […]

The Yardbirds: New Lineup, Tour Dates Announced for 2015

The Yardbirds: New Lineup, Tour Dates Announced for 2015

The Yardbirds, the long-running British band that at times served as the creative vessel for Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, have reignited for 2015. The new lineup features founding member/drummer Jim McCarty, guitarist Top Topham (who spent time in the Yardbirds before Clapton), bassist Kenny Aaronson (David Gilmour, Bob Dylan), vocalist/guitarist/blues harp player […]

Joe Perry Rocks (The Interview)

Joe Perry Rocks (The Interview)

Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith, the name of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry’s new book  is a play on the band’s classic ‘70s album which spawned such classic tracks as Back in the Saddle, Last Child and Combination. But it also serves to express how the musical community views this seasoned rock and roll […]