Jimi Hendrix – Commemorative Forever Stamp

“With the Power of Soul, Anything is Possible”

The stamp was created by artist Rudy Gutierrez, who leaked the design Tuesday. Gutierrez crafted an image that resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. Hendrix is shown wearing one of his iconic military jackets with his signature white Fender Stratocaster guitar.

Rudy Guiterrez designed one of my favorite album covers of all-time, Santana’s Shaman.

The stamp will be officially unveiled tomorrow at a star-studded concert featuring Slash, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, among other celebrities, at SXSW Music Fest in Austin, Texas.

The next time I go to the Post Office this will be the Forever Stamp I will be buying.

The Jimi Hendrix Forever stamp, which sells for 49 cents, goes on sale Thursday at post offices, on the U.S. Postal Service website and eBay.The artist who was commissioned to design the Jimi Hendrix Stamp is R

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Jackson Browne Tribute Album

Jackson Browne is a remarkable singer/songwriter. I innately identify with Jackson Browne’s expression of male pathos.

I discovered him in 1972 when Asylum Records released his first solo album,  Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)I own one of the the initial pressings of the vinyl LP with a textured cover that had a burlap-like feel to further the water bag theme.

I ended up acquiring a slew of Jackson Browne’s subsequent recordings. They have provided many hours of solace in the music of our heart.

I am heartened to discover that Jackson Browne will be honored with his first ever tribute album, “Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne”. It is fitting that Kelcy Warren’s Music Road Records of Austin, Texas brings this star-filled two disc recording to market. Austin is the Music Capital of the World. Jackson Browne’s canon serves as bedrock foundation for Austin’s version of the American Songbook. The tribute album has a strong representation of Austin residents (past and present), Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Bob Schneider, Kevin Welch, Eliza Gilkyson and Jimmy LaFave.

Couple the Austin crowd with such luminary fans/friends as Don Henley, Bruce Springsteen and Pattie Scialfa, Bonnie Raitt with David Lindley and Ben Harper you have a standout recording.

The cover photograph features the piano where Jackson Browne learned to play as a child.

Look for this recording becoming available on April 1, 2014.

Disc One
1. “These Days,” Don Henley with Blind Pilot
2. “Everywhere I Go,” Bonnie Raitt and David Lindley
3. “Running on Empty,” Bob Schneider
4. “Fountain of Sorrow,” Indigo Girls
5. “Doctor My Eyes,” Paul Thorn
6. “For Everyman,” Jimmy LaFave
7. “Barricades of Heaven,” Griffin House
8. “Our Lady of the Well,” Lyle Lovett
9. “Jamaica Say You Will,” Ben Harper
10. “Before the Deluge,” Eliza Gilkyson
11. “For a Dancer,” Venice
12. “Looking Into You,” Kevin Welch

Disc Two
1. “Rock Me on the Water,” Keb’ Mo’
2. “The Pretender,” Lucinda Williams
3. “Rosie,” Lyle Lovett
4. “Something Fine,” Karla Bonoff
5. “Too Many Angels,” Marc Cohn feat. Joan As Police Woman
6. “Your Bright Baby Blues,” Sean and Sara Watkins
7. “Linda Paloma,” Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa
8. “Call It a Loan,” Shawn Colvin
9. “I’m Alive,” Bruce Hornsby
10. “Late for the Sky,” Joan Osborne
11. “My Opening Farewell,” JD Souther

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Spotify House Presented by MSN at SXSW Music

Is it just me or does this partnering at SXSW Music imply something more between Spotify and MSN? Stay tuned.

Spotify and MSN will be joined by Rolling Stone Magazine all week at Spotify House as well.

What I found on MSN’s site:

As people from around the world converge on Austin to attend the famous music conference this week, we are pleased to offer folks a refuge – introducing The Spotify House Presented by MSN.  Spotify will be setting up home for a week-long series of artist sessions including an extra special  live show housed at a secret location on Thursday 15th March.

We’re delighted to join Spotify in Austin at the Spotify House presented by MSN. MSN’s global community is passionate about music and we’re excited to align with Spotify to keep you in the know on music.

Gary Clark, Jr. – Blues Top Gun

I was browsing the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine today, when I happened upon a music review for blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., written by Will Hermes.

Hermes writes about Gary Clark Jr. ‘s EP Bright Lights:

Meet the Texas young gun taking the blues to nasty new places

This article commands my attention as I take comfort in the blues being carried aloft by sincere, focused musicians. Gary Clark Jr. embodies that persona admirably. I flash on last seeing Gary Clark Jr. with Doyle Bramhall on the DVD of the Clapton 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival that I own. It hits me. He played Bright Lights that day. That’s the title of the EP Will Hermes is aglow about. It fits like tongue and groove after that.

I try to resist as best I can becoming “too” influenced by the hype. It has turned out wrongly applied to artist’s musical talents in the past. The music industry reeks of false bravado just to move product. But the more I listen to the EP download, the more I find Gary Clark Jr.’s blues style and gritty vocals coursing through these old veins.

He’s truly authentic as Doyle Bramhall states. The Bright Lights EP is nicely counterbalanced, two studio tracks and two live tracks. The artist’s commitment to the blues comes across as others typify him, Gary Clark Jr. is a Top Gun Bluesman.

Making myself a note to start hunting for a live performance by Gary Clark Jr. so I can get the total effect up close and personal soon.