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The Musicologists

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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...

Vail Area to Rock this Summer

Ah summertime when the living is easy and rocking.  A Vail Summer upon us and you know the saying, folks come here to ski, but stay for the music!  And what a jam packed lineup of great music it is. So get your calendars out and get ready to rock away the summer in...

Joe Cocker Is A Mad Dog With Soul

Frank Sinatra had “My Way.” Billy Joel “The Piano Man” and Joe Cocker had “With A Little Help from My Friends.” Legendary songs and performances that have forever connected the artist to their muse. The song that each of them not only ‘owned’ but in many ways lived....

Rolling Stones Put On An Exhibit

You can’t always get what you want, but if its a chance to see memorabilia of the greatest rock and roll n band ever, you have to find some how to get yourself to Chicago this summer. I was fortunate to be included in a press opening of the new Exhibition in Chicago...

Vail Musicians Celebrate Last Waltz

“It was such an important part of rock history…All those people together under one roof, and there was nothing flawless or perfect about it.”- Warren Haynes “They just looked like gods to me. I think it honestly went into me at a cellular level,” -musician Gillian...

Elbow’s ‘Little Fictions’ Big Sound

One band that has been on my list of ‘must sees’ no longer tours. In fact, I’m not even sure they did all that many tours of the states to begin with and the one I was aware of was a reunion of sorts that was cancelled shortly after being announced. As far as I know...

Ray Davies’ America

Ray Davies seems to like America much more than it seems to like him.  In his home country of Britain, he recently received that nation’s highest honer being knighted by the Queen. In America, he elicits mostly who’s he? responses.  In London, there is a long running...

Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry

It was a rock and roll brush with greatness that I will never forget. My encounter with Chuck Berry. There he was. Chicago’s O'Hare airport walking down the terminal with that unmistakably gait and stature. An original member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the...