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The Musicologists

Just been thinking about music and this is what came up...

7 Killings Is A Great Rock and Roll Book

I always planned on writing the great American novel. The good news is I no longer have to. Marlon James has done it for me. His lengthy master piece called “A Brief History of Seven Killings” is a definite killer but it’s far from brief. This near seven hundred-page...

Tom Genes’ Music Lover Gift Guide

I think most holiday gift guides in magazines and blogs are written with one of two motivations. One is to pacify advertisers by mentioning their items. The other reason would be that the author would really like to get the items himself. With zero ad revenue tied to...

Bonfire Dub Lays Down Their Gypsy Roots

Scotty Stoughton officially qualifies for the title World Traveler. He has also, for the last dozen years or so, been quite ingrained in the Vail Valley music scene. His travels have taken him to the far reaches of the planet from war torn Nicaragua to the canals of...

Tom Genes On Leon Russell

I remember watching Leon Russell on the Midnight Special. I am not sure if I was frightened or awed. His golden locks flowing while pounding on the piano to “Tight Rope”. I thought he was cool. Then I saw a similar looking guy on a video of George Harrison’s Concert...

Leonard Cohen Passes At Age 82

A statement on Leonard Cohen's FaceBook page has confirmed the passing got the legendary Canadian singer songwriter. Here is the statement: It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one...

String Cheeses’ Hulaween Enchants

I attended a major musical incident over the past weekend and it blew my mind. I took the Suwannee Hulaween Music Festival off my bucket list but it just might have to go right back on it. This four-day musical extravaganza is like going to your best friend’s cabin in...

Another Rock Star Legend Falls

It is no secret that the rock world has been shaken by numerous high profile deaths in 2016. Numerous musical celebrations have been held to recognize the contributions made by David Bowie, Glen Frey and Prince. Now last week comes word of another passing that many...

My Bob Dylan Interview

By now you are well aware that the Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to Bob Dylan. I didn’t have a unique chance to interview him for this article but still found a way for him to respond to my questions. Here is my fantasy interview of Bob Dylan who responds in...

Norah Jones Returns Home

In 2002, she practically invented her own musical genre. Then she, well, experimented and we had some very inconsistent records. But I am now pleased to report that the women who made it big with “Come Away With Me,” has come back to us and returned to her roots and...

A Forgotten Rock Opera

This Friday on the KZYR-Zephyr, they are featuring A Day At The Rock Opera as part of the best month on the radio known locally as Rocktober. In researching some records to consider for the special day, we were reminded of one of the more obscure yet remarkable rock...

Dawes/Horses: New Records Fall Short

I must admit I am a tad bit saddened. A few years ago two bands emerged with a vibrant updated sound that was deeply rooted in the cool Laurel Canyon of the late 1970’s.  They had thoughtful lyrics and modern sensibilities, which made them seem like two bands on the...

Vail Music Faire Delights

I had never attended a Vail Music Faire, but trust me I am unlikely to miss another one. This year’s celebration of local artists was a splendid day of music and positive vibes that overcame some rather unpleasant August weather. Those brave souls who endured were...