“Bobfest”, Bob Dylan – 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition

Madison Square Garden proves once again why it is the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. Twenty-two years ago on October 16, 1992, New York City’s hottest concert ticket was the assemblage of musical friends at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first Columbia Records album.

Columbia Records and Legacy Recording, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition in three configurations (2CD2DVDBlu-ray Disc) on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

It is so heartwarming to see George Harrison performing in the spot with Dylan that gave us The Concert for Bangladesh. I also see that the late Richie Havens sings “Just Like A Woman”. There is a version of “It Ain’t Me Babe” by June Carter Cash/Johnny Cash. The Band appears and does “When I Paint My Masterpiece“. Plus so many other great artists played Dylan classics that night. This is a righteous, must have music video 🙂

For the song listing of artists performing and more, go here: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/news/bob-dylan-30th-anniversary-concert-celebration-deluxe-edition-released-first-time-dvd-blu-ray


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50 Years Ago Today, The Beatles Invade America!


It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles arrived on our shores at JFK International Airport in New York City. It was a very exciting day for us Beatles fans. I listened to the JFK arrival and infamous press conference on my transistor radio in my Junior High Science class, thankful that my Science teacher was hard of hearing 😉

The Fest for Beatles Fans 50th Anniversary Event starts today and runs through Sunday evening February 9th.

JFK Salute The Moment

Today two bus loads of Fest Beatles Fans will be driven to JFK Airport to honor the Beatles arrival. Here is a picture of one of the two bus participants. It looks like fun 🙂

We Love You Beatles, Yes We Do…Oh Beatles We Love You”

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Shout, Forthcoming Studio Album From Gov’t Mule

Gov’t Mule continues to flourish creating innovative approaches to the music they produce and do. The Mule takes collective risks as a jam band experimenting and reinventing their music with clever twists.This was clear at the June 2nd Mule concert I saw at the Charles Ives Center in Danbury. This concert was the launch site for the “Prepare to Shout Tour”. Gov’t Mule is coming back to Connecticut to play the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport on Saturday July 27th.

Copyright Gov’t Mule 2013

Gov’t Mule announced on 7/11 there will be a new studio album coming out on September 24th entitled Shout. Gov’t Mule has signed with Blue Note Records and this will be their first studio recording in four years. It is a double album.

The first disc has 11 new songs . Eight of the tracks were recorded here in Connecticut at Carriage House Studios in Stamford. Longtime co-producer/engineer Gordie Johnson co-produced four of those songs with Warren Haynes.

The second disc is a bonus disc featuring an all-star lineup of vocalists interpreting The Mule’s new songs. Special guests Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Vintage Trouble’s Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood

“The Mule holds a unique and lofty berth. They have roots that run real deep — drawing from the entire history of rock ‘n’ roll going all the way back to Robert Johnson and the Delta,” noted Blue Note Records’ President Don Was. “Yet, despite their mastery of past idioms, they have managed to rearrange those elements into a whole new thing. On this new album, they’ve elevated their songwriting, playing, and production values to a whole new plateau. It’s gonna blow people’s minds.”

SHOUT! Track Listing
Disc 1: All songs performed by Gov’t Mule
1. World Boss
2. No Reward
3. Whisper In Your Soul
4. Captured
5. Scared To Live
6. Stoop So Low
7. Forsaken Savior
8. Done Got Wise
9. When The World Gets Small
10. Funny Little Tragedy
11. Bring On The Music

Disc 2:
1. World Boss w/ Ben Harper
2. Funny Little Tragedy w/ Elvis Costello
3. Stoop So Low w/ Dr. John
4. Captured w/ Jim James
5. Whisper In Your Soul w/ Grace Potter
6. Scared To Live w/ Toots Hibbert
7. No Reward w/ Glenn Hughes
8. Bring On The Music w/ Ty Taylor
9. Forsaken Savior w/ Dave Matthews
10. Done Got Wise w/ Myles Kennedy
11. When The World Gets Small w/ Steve Winwood


108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa Johnson

I love coffee table books. Lisa Johnson has put together a definitive music coffee table publication, 108 Rock Star Guitars.  It’s a 396-page art book, bound in embossed red leatherette, and features 300 images of iconic guitars. It’s a 17 year labor of love. The book is slated for release on October 8th, 2013. The date of the book release has 108 in it, 10/8 😉

I admire what she has accomplished with this stunning photographic and annotated portfolio of the rock star guitar. Competent design is a reflection of technique. Lisa Johnson uses a macro lens and showcases a variety of the last film stock ever manufactured for Kodak Professional and the transition to digital.

The foreword was written by the late Les Paul in 2009. It adds an intimate rainbow hue over this gala guitar collection. Lisa Johnson is dedicating a portion of the book proceeds to help The Les Paul Foundation. (See below)

In honor of the 4th of July 2013 here is Wayne Kramer of MC5 fame’s 2010 Signature Fender Strat.

Les Paul Foundation

The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit, and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The Les Paul Foundation is an approved IRC 501(c) 3 organization.

The Les Paul Foundation:

  • Awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth.
  • Establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students.
  • Provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment.
  • Supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements.

Music Journalism A-Z – Gloria Stavers

Gloria Stavers

My first recollection of reading a music journalist with any regularity was Gloria Stavers, editor in chief of 16 Magazine. Stavers was credited with being one of the first women rock and roll journalists. Her vibrant personality carried across as both a fan and a knowledgeable source of information.


I find it ironic that I also had a teeny bopper phase that helped to formulate my experience with music. It is the reason I curb my tongue when it comes to Justin Bieber. I had a paper route in those days as a Norwalk Hour news carrier. I would strap a transistor radio to the handle bars and listen to the WMCA Good Guys or the WABC All American disk jockeys on AM radio out of New York City. I always made it a point to buy the latest monthly issue of 16 Magazine at Espositos Variety in South Norwalk where I picked up my papers to deliver. I would devour that magazine cover to cover. 16 Magazine was one of the best informed sources about the British Invasion. I had that paper route two years from 1964 through 1966. So I had plenty of pocket-money to buy 16 Magazine plus lots of comic books 😉

Tony Barrow, the Press Officer to The Beatles, credits Stavers with providing “significant help” towards the task of fast-tracking the band to the top of the US charts. In the months before their first visit to the US, a real volume of the editorial space in 16 was given over to The Beatles. Paul McCartney remembered Gloria as being “very dignified, professional and totally business-like. She inspired respect from us all”.

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I urge you to visit the Gloria Stavers Tribute Blog created by Karen Steele. You’ll find great pictures of Gloria Stavers like this one there along with other invaluable writings and memorabilia.

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Music Journalism A-Z – Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren personifies the admirable place of music industry subject matter authority. She has the right mix of multifaceted skills that when combined or executed singularly create demand for her ability. According to her biography, Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer, editor, book packager, producer, and music consultant.  If that’s not enough for you she teaches Arts Journalism at the State University of New York in New Paltz, NY and has lectured at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University. She has guest lectured at Cornell, Penn, MTSU and CUNY, among other universities.

I am especially taken with how she embodies her knowledge when it comes to American cultural fashion. She has served as a consultant, writer, and/​or lecturer on Western wear at several museums, including the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Autry Museum of the American West, the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame, the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. So its safe to say she looks and acts the part 😉

I learn more readily why she was chosen to co-write the book John Varvatos: Rock In Fashion (with John Varvatos, projected availability September 2013). One of these days I am going to own a John Varvatos ensemble. This book will be invaluable in helping to choose that desired wardrobe item.


I am eager for another book Holly George-Warren is now authoring the biography of Alex Chilton, to be published by Viking Press in 2014. I know she will write with diligence and just the right amount of revelation necessary to tell his story to the world.

The Road to Woodstock

I own three of  the many books she has written.  The first book, The Road to Woodstock is an autographed hardcover that Holly George-Warren signed in person at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Woodstock 40th Anniversary Event (The book was also signed that evening by co-writer Micheal Lang, Woodstock co-creator, Henry Diltz, “Official” Woodstock photographer (Founder of Morrison Hotel Gallery) and John B. Sebastian, the performer featured on the cover).

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years is the other book I own by Holly George-Warren.  I use the book as a constant reference along with the companion Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 9 DVD set. We attended the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden that same year 2009. We also have the HBO DVD recording of that super star event to help us relive that evening 😉

If I have peaked your interest about Holly George-Warren and you wish to learn more about her story, watch this two- part interview on the Rock Book Show You Tube channel.

I learned from watching the interview that Holly George-Warren was the book packager for the centerpiece title Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. This is the third book in my library. I loved that blues project which incorporated the 100 year Salute to the Blues at Radio City Music Hall that was captured on film, Lightning In A Bottle. So once again I am educated by Holly George-Warren through this book. We attended the Salute to the Blues event at Radio City Music Hall in 2003. I also watched the entire PBS series The Blues. There has never been such a comprehensive multimedia focused effort for the blues before or since.


Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby

Each year I like to get a new Christmas album that celebrates the season by filling our home with traditional holiday songs as we decorate the tree and living room. What better way to honor the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ 🙂 than to fill the music of our heart.

I am pleased to see that Rod Stewart will release his first Christmas recording, Merry Christmas, Baby on October 30, 2012. Rod’s command of the Great American Songbook and his later career emphasis as a torch singer has built him an expanded fan base.

I am especially looking forward to the track that features a “virtual duet” with Ella Fitzgerald as they are accompanied by Chris Botti on trumpet. This is a multidimensional collaboration with digital technology playing a key role in bridging the past and the present.

I have been a fan of Rod Stewart’s ever since I saw him perform as the lead singer for the Jeff Beck Group on July 3rd, 1969 at the Fillmore East in the East Village in New York City. He was a striking figure that night in purple turtleneck and a long white knit scarf. He strutted that stage like a dandy.

Rolling Stone Magazine – 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time – Part Two

This music blog post topic requires two-parts. I am on an ongoing quest to see and hear as many of the living 100 greatest guitarists perform live. I love the hunt. As I mentioned in Part One i have seen 40 of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time thus far (46 years of concerts).

The special collector’s edition of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time is the second packaging of the 2011 list. Rolling Stone Magazine issued this list with four collector covers in December 2011. Here are the other three…

Rolling Stone Magazine first compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003. The idea came from Senior Editor David Fricke

2003, I proposed to my editors a special issue devoted to the best and most influential guitarists in rock. They suggested a number – 100 – and the idea of ranking them. I came up with the names, based on my life-long love of the instrument and those who play it. One hundred proved to be too small for the job – my working list of the worthy ran closer to 500 – and the running order was frustrating work. In the end, I looked at it this way: Jimi Hendrix was Number One in every way; the other 99 were all Number Two.

The original inspiration was a celebration of the guitar and how it changed the world – and me. Everyone has their own version of this list. This was mine, in 2003.

– David Fricke, 2011

51. Johnny Marr

52. Clarence White (1 Time)

53. Otis Rush

54. Joe Walsh (1 Time)

55. John Lennon

56. Albert Collins

57. Rory Gallagher

58. Peter Green

59. Robbie Robertson

60. Ron Asheton

61. Dicky Betts (1 Time)

62. Robert Fripp (1 Time)

63. Johnny Winter (1 Time)

64. Duane Eddy

65. Slash

66. Leslie West (2 Times)

67. T-Bone Walker

68. John McLaughlin (2 Times)

69. Richard Thompson

70. Jack White

71. Robert Johnson

72. John Frusciante

73. Kurt Cobain

74. Dick Dale (3 Times)

75. Joni Mitchell

76. Robby Krieger (3 Times)

77. Willie Nelson (1 Time)

78. John Fahey

79. Mike Campbell (2 Times)

80. Buddy Holly

81. Lou Reed (1 Time)

82. Nels Cline (1 Time)

83. Eddie Hazel

84. Joe Perry (2 Times)

85. Andy Summers (1 Time)

86. J Mascis

87. James Hetfield (1 Time)

88. Carl Perkins

89. Bonnie Raitt (2 Times)

90. Tom Verlaine

91. Dave Davies

92. Dimebag Darrell

93. Paul Simon (1 Time)

94. Peter Buck (1 Time)

95. Roger McGuinn (2 Times)

96. Bruce Springsteen (4 Times)

97. Steve Jones

98. Alex Lifeson

99. Thurston Moore

100. Lindsey Buckingham

Rolling Stone Magazine – 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time – Part One

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I just perused my special collector’s edition of Rolling Stone Magazine‘s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All TimeI cross-checked that I have seen 40 of the guitarists listed in this compilation live in concert over the decades. Several of the guitarists I have seen perform more than once (see list below). I have witnessed Carlos Santana play live 21 times, 20 of those shows in the last 13 years. I was fortunate to see him with Derek Trucks & The Allman Bros twice this past week. (Warren Haynes played with them both but he is not listed in the 100 Greatest which is truly a surprise to me.)

The Web sites for many of the guitarists living and deceased are extensive in their content. You owe it to yourself to click and look at how these artists create a Web presence for their fans and music.

Get the magazine you will gain a valuable perspective from fellow guitarists who authored the articles about guitarists they love and respect, like we do.

The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time – Part One

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Eric Clapton (4 times)

3. Jimmy Page (1 time)

4. Keith Richards (1 time)

5. Jeff Beck (3 times)

6. B. B. King (9 times)

7. Chuck Berry

8. Eddie Van Halen (1 time)

9. Duane Allman

10. Pete Townshend (1 time)

11. George Harrison

12. Stevie Ray Vaughn

13, Albert King

14. David Gilmour (1 time)

15. Freddie King

16. Derek Trucks (5 times)

Derek Trucks Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks perform in concert with the Allman Brothers Band at the Greek Theater on May 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Warren Haynes;Derek Trucks

17. Neil Young (3 times)

18. Les Paul

19. James Burton

20. Carlos Santana (21 times)

21. Chet Atkins

22. Frank Zappa

23. Buddy Guy (5 times)

24. Angus Young

25. Tony Iommi

26. Brian May

27. Bo Diddley

28. Johnny Ramone

29. Scotty Moore

30. Elmore James

31. Ry Cooder

32. Billy Gibbons (1 time)

33. Prince

34. Curtis Mayfield

35. John Lee Hooker (1 time)

36. Randy Rhoads

37. Mick Taylor

38. The Edge (3 times)

39. Steve Cropper*

40. Tom Morello

41. Mick Ronson

42. Mike Bloomfield

43. Hubert Sumlin (2 times)

44. Mark Knopfler

45. Link Wray

46. Jerry Garcia (2 times)

47. Stephen Stills (3 times)

48. Jonny Greenwood

49. Muddy Waters (2 times)

50. Ritchie Blackmore

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