Monthly Archives: February 2015

THE BAND – DON’T DO IT

So my son looks at me and says”There was a band called The Band, …seriously?
I have a problem with that. Just not acceptable.  These guys wrote classic tunes. They were back up band to Bob Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins. You see that guy playing lead guitar, Robbie Rodertson. He`s one of the top guitarists I`ve ever seen. You dont get this kind of chemistry but once in a blue moon. Yeah, U2, the Rollng Stones, the Beatles, but the band oozed American backwoods backbeat. They made you feel like Americans got chops. Sure they were Canadian too, but that was really cool! Even better. Made you know the Canadian border may be there, but, we got brothers in Canada. Loads of great musicians came from Canada. Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Brian Adams, the list goes on and on.

Even regarding history, there is no better Civil War song than The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. No better Ragtime song than Rag Mamma Rag,  And a true classic The Weight? There just in no, and never will be,  better song to sip Jack Danials to than music fron The Band`s Up On Cripple Creek she sends me.
If you don`t understand these guys and their music, your missing a link to help you lock into many forms and styles of American Music.
I will add a few posts to help you go there. I hope you enjoy these
 guys as much as I do, If you have a comment or some thing to add please do.

Suzanne Vega: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Suzanne Vega: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

I had this performance on a prior blog I ran. I enjoyed both the performance of these songs so much I decided to post them on my new website. Last time I was so fortunate, somehow Suzanne Vega spotted it on my old blog on twitter and retweeted my post and I was temporarily able to draft on her retweet. I am hoping to be so fortunate once again. I think if she tours my website she will enjoy other aspects as well. There are many interesting video performances here. I like to think I have an ear for quality performances. And many of the videos here carry some very moving content. But you need to surf the categories and archives. There really is a lot of content listed here on FRC.

But Suzanne Vega is a real treasure. Let me know what you think with a comment. Enjoy!

Sheryl Crow Performing “A Change Would Do You Good”

Sheryl Crow Performing “A Change Would Do You Good”

One of the best performances from one of the best female artists of the 1990, 2000 and to this day. This song is one of my favorites.
Her band is spot on. This is by all means a “Top Shelf” performance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.