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The Musicologist

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

Rock & Roll And Fats Domino

He was said to have pushed a piano across a stage with his belly. He created such a cool groove before anyone even knew what a groove was. His lyrics, the bane of simplicity, packed an emotional whammy shared by teenagers across the country. He was Fats Domino. He was...

Best Podcasts About Music

I think I can admit that in spite of being a radio personality on KZYR, I don’t always listen to the radio. I know sacrilegious, but I also don’t always listen to recorded music on CD or MP3s either. In fact I must admit I have been dipping into some Podcasts of...

Phish’s Halloween Surprises

It was the fall of 1995. Jerry Garcia had died that August after a very poorly received Grateful Dead tour and Deadheads were at a lost. Then people started talking about this other band that was creating similar live experiences as The Dead and though they spelled...

Tom Petty Dead at 66

It’s most difficult to write this column today. There are dozens of music lovers dead in the Las Vegas desert after a mad man unleashed unspeakable fury on people just enjoying the show. And now in the middle of preparing this column, I hear of the death of an...

Deer Tick Doubles Up On The Rock

One of the bolder moves of the 1990s was the Smashing Pumpkins’ epic double album release Melon Collie and The Infinite Sadness. A genuine reflection on the state of mind of a generation loaded with superb musicianship and quality songs that have lasted the test of...

Do the Right Thing, Go See Live Music

t’s a musical month years in the making for the Vail Valley and I encourage you to encourage the promoters by showing up. From Avon’s concerted effort to bring world class entertainment to a worthy stage to the beer loving crew at Optimum in Eagle, the next few weeks...

Westworld’s Secrets In Its Songs

it was quite frankly mind blowing. I have just finished (almost a year after its release) the first season of the HBO Sci-Fi drama Westworld. Its ten episodes offered grand symbolism, superb acting and for the sake of this column a ridiculous music score that was like...

Eddie Roberts To Funk Things Up Friday

They come from all over in the Denver music scene including Swansea, Wales. That’s the birthplace of the “roughneck” guitarist of The New Mastersounds Eddie Roberts. Roberts will be bringing his form of “funky jazz or jazzy funk” to the Ed Rocks stage this Friday for...

Carly Simon Is Not Vain At All

Carly Simon might just be the Wilt Chamberlain of rock and roll. Chamberlain of course bragged in his autobiography of the reckless number of women he shard a bed with. Simon, for her part, reveals a dazzling number of dalliances herself in a provocative autobiography...

Dan Auerbach Treats Old As New

Dan Auerbach is a busy man. He seems to spend a lot of time making music with others while also making it for himself. The results tend to be ageless music that feels like an old friend. Auerbach rose to prominence as one half of the rocking duo The Black Keys. Since...

The Sessh Makes Your ‘Mind Spin’

Hard work and attention to detail can pay off. It also helps if you are a soulful person willing to learn from the greats while spending hours in bars, night clubs, juke joints and street festivals. The life of a musician can be taxing and every now and then extremely...

Me and My Aggie- Lyle Lovett

I used to hang with Lyle Lovett. He is unlikely to remember me specifically, but I’ll tell ya we had some laughs. Lyle and I went to college together and both were journalism students, He had me by a few semesters so initially I was reluctant to approach the student...

Happy Canada Music Day

Recently our dear friends from the north celebrated their 150th year as a country. We salute our friendly Canucks by devoting a column to the riches that make up Canadian rock and roll. For awhile there, the music charts had a consistent Canadian presence even before...

The British Invasion Starts

Unlike the American revolution, there seems to be some controversy as to when exactly did the British Invasion start. We all learned in grammar school that the first shots fired in the battle for American independence happened at Lexington and Concord. The scene of...