Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
Can't believe we lost J.J. Cale. Without question one of the finest songwriters of my generation but also one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever had the privilege to meet.
Black Joe is back with another collection of tender love ballads... yeah, right!
This will be our next best kept secret to cross over to mass adulation, or at least they should based on this terrific new album!
One of my absolute favorite pop rockers is getting ready to release his first ever covers album.
The new album isn't due until November but Brendan sent me a few tunes to tide me over until it arrives. This one should be a hit, whatever the hell that means!
I am completely in love with this record... here's the title track.
Not only is Jason Isbell one of the finest young songwriters on the scene. He just married Amanda Shires, who is pretty damn terrific as well! Great new record.
They're back!!!!!!!! The rock album we all need right now, pushed forward by one of the best pure rock drummers on the planet, Jon Wurster.
Believe it or not this marks the first time the legendary PHJB have recorded an album containing all original material. Produced by Ben Jaffe and Jim James.
I recently finished "reading" the Townshed book... well I didn't really "read" it, I listened to Pete read it! This is how I survived the recent "Sandy" power outage without committing any acts of violence. I get very testy without power. I'm actually more of reader than a book "listener" - but this is the second musician's biography I have listened to read by the subject/author. Keith Richard's "Life" was the first, although Keith didn't read his entire book Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley did a hell of job with the rest. Check out the audio books of Pete here
and Keith here
It was a great listen and understandably put me in a bit of a Townshend listening frenzy, which I thought I would share with all of you today. These are some of the songs I had to hear during and after finishing the book. Enjoy!
The version we are most familiar with.
My favorite version.
Just to hear the band have some fun.
Now this is ROCK!!!!!!!
An album that has aged remarkably well.
This song will always bring me back to the Jersey Shore on the beach just before sunrise.
To be continued...