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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Note By Note - Steve Porcaro
Posted Saturday, June 11, at 2:16 PM
Steve Porcaro Someday/Somehow Knowing the rich musical history of the Porcaro family like I do, I should not have been surprised. But yet I was. Someday/Somehow, the debut solo album from the incomparable Steve Porcaro is one true gem. The fact that Porcaro has been working on this album on-and-off ever since the early 1980s makes it that much more special to be able to listen to Someday/Somehow in 2016...

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Note By Note - King Mud
Posted Friday, March 11, at 7:22 PM

King Mud Victory Motel Sessions If you were to utter the phrase 'super-group,' within their earshot, they'd probably laugh hysterically right back into your face. But don't let that change your mind, because King Mud is very much a 'super-group,' especially to fans of the seedy underbelly of roots-related music affectionately known as 'punk blues.'...

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Note By Note - Supersonic Blues Machine
Posted Saturday, March 5, at 10:26 AM

Dr. Z Presents Supersonic Blues Machine West Of Flushing South Of Frisco It was almost with a sense of relief when I reached track number five - "Bone Bucket Blues" - on West Of Flushing South Of Frisco (Provogue/Mascot Label Group). By the time track number eight rolled around - a superb cover of "Ain't No Love (In The Heart Of The City)" - I was downright giddy, to the point of being ecstatic...

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Note By Note - Rollin' 'n' Tumblin'
Posted Saturday, February 13, at 12:32 PM

Rev. Keith A. Gordon Rollin' 'n' Tumblin' To say that the good Reverend Keith A. Gordon knows a thing or two about the blues is akin to saying that a duck likes water. Duh! A quick glance at the Buffalo, New York-based journalist's impressive stat-sheet confirms as much...

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Note By Note - Jaco
Posted Saturday, December 19, at 12:00 PM

Jaco 'Give me a gig, you know ...?' Simultaneously, that's one of the most hilarious and thoroughly heartbreaking phrases ever uttered by a master musician. Opening the 1985 Jaco Pastorius Bass Guitar Instructional video, host Jerry Jemmott (a legend in his own right) heaps praise upon Pastorius for his one-of-a-kind style and his revolutionary approach to the bass guitar, only to hear the response of:...

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Note By Note - Joe Louis Walker
Posted Friday, October 9, at 8:16 AM

Joe Louis Walker Everybody Wants A Piece Since first seeing Joe Louis Walker (JLW) up close and personal on a bandstand in California back in the early 1990s, I've been a pretty big supporter of the immensely-talented bluesman. That experience, however, also led me to believe for many years that the only true way to fully absorb all that JLW was laying down was in a live concert setting. ...

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Note By Note - Ian Siegal
Posted Sunday, October 4, at 11:34 AM

Ian Siegal When he talks, it's a dead giveaway that he's from near Portsmouth (population 205,400), on the south coast of England. But when Ian Siegal sings the blues and plays guitar, one would swear that the Englishman hailed from near Potts Camp (population 494), deep in the heart of Marshall County, Mississippi...

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Note By Note - August '15
Posted Sunday, August 9, at 3:58 PM

Sonny Landreth Bound By The Blues Welcome back, Sonny Landreth. We've missed you. Actually, the Mississippi-born, Louisiana-raised slide guitarist supreme has not really been gone. But his latest album -- Bound By The Blues -- is a welcome return to form for the mighty Landreth, who's previous album, 2012's Elemental Journey, was marked with something of a jazzy/classical approach...

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Note By Note - Neal Schon
Posted Friday, June 12, at 1:47 PM

Neal Schon Vortex Having sold darn-near 90 million records (let that sink in for just a second; 90 million!!!) as a member of Journey, you could forgive Neal Schon should he decide to never pick up a guitar again. Thankfully, Schon - who is long overdue for his rightful spot in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame - doesn't seem content to just lay around on the beach all day and let his royalty checks pile up...

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Note By Note - Black Oak Arkansas
Posted Friday, May 22, at 9:57 AM

Black Oak Arkansas The Complete Raunch 'N' Roll Live I fear that there may be a generation of music aficionados out there that view Black Oak Arkansas (BOA) as merely a one-hit wonder. Judging from the limited output that one hears from BOA on classic rock radio these days, you could hardly blame them. ...

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Note By Note - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Posted Thursday, April 16, at 12:04 PM

John Mayll's Bluesbreakers Live in 1967 I don't have a vote, but if I did, I would make it a personal mission to see that Tom Huissen is inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. Who is Tom Huissen, you ask? A semi-obscure guitarist or maybe a pioneering drummer?...

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Note By Note - Toto
Posted Saturday, March 21, at 7:27 AM

Toto Toto XIV Bittersweet might not be a totally accurate way to describe Toto's first studio release in almost 10 years, but it has to hit pretty close to the mark. Not because of the music contained within Toto XIV -- it's spectacular. Rather, because Toto XIV's release date of March 20 comes less than a week after longtime bassist Mike Porcaro passed away at age 59 after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. ...

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Note By Note - Leo Bud Welch
Posted Saturday, March 14, at 10:01 AM

Leo Bud Welch I Don't Prefer No Blues Junior Kimbrough. R.L. Burnside. T-Model Ford. Even though I have never been officially recognized as president of the Fat Possum Records' Fan Club, I respectfully submit another entry into the Holy Trinity of bluesmen that have made the legendary outfit from Oxford, Mississippi into one of the most important and essential record labels in the modern blues era...

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Note By Note - Robin Trower
Posted Sunday, February 22, at 3:41 PM

Robin Trower Something's About To Change A guitar-playing buddy of mine once remarked about one of Robin Trower's solos, 'Man, he sure doesn't get in any hurry does he? He knows exactly where he's going and how long it takes to get there. Kinda' reminds me a bit of Albert King in that way.'...

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Note By Note - Eric Johnson & Mike Stern
Posted Thursday, October 16, at 7:37 AM

Eric Johnson & Mike Stern Eclectic The storied career of guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson has long been characterized by a couple of different hallmarks; his incredible and distinctive mastery of his instrument, along with a propensity to take his own sweet time between projects...

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Note By Note - Levin Brothers
Posted Saturday, September 20, at 9:03 AM

Levin Brothers Levin Brothers Tony Levin's resume more than speaks for itself -- especially in progressive rock circles. Appearances on stage and on the albums of the likes of Peter Gabriel and King Crimson -- along with Todd Rundgren, Pink Floyd and (Jon) Anderson (Bill) Bruford (Rick) Wakeman & (Steve) Howe - is more than enough to cement one's ability to play with the cream of the crop...

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Note By Note - Flying Colors
Posted Monday, September 15, at 6:47 PM

Flying Colors Second Nature On a couple of different levels, Second Nature is an inspired choice for the name of Flying Colors' newest release. To start with, it's the progressive rock super-group's second album, a follow-up to their self-titled debut from two years ago...

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Note By Note - Chick Corea
Posted Sunday, September 7, at 12:28 PM

Chick Corea Trio Trilogy Having spent the better part of the past five decades on the road, Chick Corea has rightfully earned the title of 'wise and sage veteran.' But on the iconic jazz pianist and 20-time Grammy Award winner's latest live document -- the three-CD set Trilogy (Stretch Records/Concord Jazz), Corea plays with all the enthusiasm and energy of a fresh-faced newcomer...

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Bobby Broom Organi-Sation; Live at Arkansas Music Pavilion
Posted Friday, July 25, at 9:52 AM

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker do not suffer fools gladly. Matter of fact, they do not suffer fools at all. Never have and probably never will. So it was really no surprise when jazz guitarist supreme Bobby Broom was tabbed to open up Steely Dan's Jamalot Ever After Summer 2014 Tour...

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Johnny Winter 1944-2014
Posted Thursday, July 17, at 10:05 AM

The first time I saw Johnny Winter up close and personal was at a mid-sized venue in Wichita, Kansas in the late 1970s, when he was touring to support his then-current album, White, Hot and Blue. Winter and his power trio took to the stage and were most-definitely white-hot as they tore into their patented mixture of blues-based rock-n-roll...

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Since my own high school sports career fizzled out before it really reached its zenith, I have managed to live vicariously through the student/athletes of the 16 high schools I've covered for Areawide Media since 2001. I've witnessed the highest of highs in the form of state championships. I have also seen first-hand the sting of disappointment when the ultimate prize was within reach, but still eluded the grasp of its pursuer. But through all the ups and downs associated with high school sports, my respect for the young competitors that suit up each night, along with the men and women who guide them, remains unwavering. Blog mission: With my passion for music, especially live music, running second only to my passion for sports, I'll try to devote this space to both. Especially when it concerns our region and what's happening around it. Look for commentary and features on area sports figures and musicians, along with things to get out and do in the beautiful Spring River/Ozarks area. But I'll not totally ignore the outside - I'll also hit on some national happenings in the wide worlds of sports and music.
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