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The Musicologists

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

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...

Adele Matures, Sort Of

Being the Barbara Streisand fan he was, I’m pretty sure my dad and I would agree on Adele. He would have loved her and by the way, who doesn’t?   What Streisand was to Judy Garland, Adele is to Streisand. The torch has been passed as was witnessed in person on her...

Tom Petty’s Top Five Best Songs

This week we are expecting a new album from the always-trustworthy Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (the world’s most underrated support band).  Incessant tours, brilliant consistency and multi-generational appeal have been the hallmarks of Tom Petty and we expect...

Peter Rowan Rolls With It

Peter Rowan learned from the best and then taught the rest.   Raised under the tutelage of the father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe, Rowan has remained a stabilizing force on the bluegrass scene.  He has been willing to embrace the new jamgrass ethics while anchoring...

Tommy- The Last of the Ramones Passes At 65

All the Ramones are dead but The Ramones will never die.  Drummer Tom Erdelyi a/k/a Tommy Ramone died at the age of 65 from Bile-Duct cancer. “Now I Want To Sniff Some Glue.”   The seminal band of misfits who grew up as fictional brothers in New York’s Bowery...

Goin' Mobile With Speakers

At the recent Go Pro Mountain Games, I came a cross a wide variety of cool items for outdoor activities. There were handy knives from Gerber, some tasty treats for your puppy from Eukanuba and plenty of energy drinks in powder form. However, I was attracted to and...

Radio, Pandora or Spotify?

Sitting around a campfire recently, a young man asked me what I thought about the new music services, Pandora and Spotify, and what kind of impact they were having on radio.   Well as someone truly invested in many ways in radio I unleashed a tirade of...

The Big Stars That Weren't

They say things come in threes. You know usually bad things like celebrity deaths and bad news from family. I have also noticed this trend with influential rock musicians and their uncanny habit of releasing three albums and then vanishing.   First you have Jimi...