Blackberry Smoke

This band kick’s it.

Two weeks ago they performed just up the street from my house!

Prior to that they played on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and ripped it up.

 

Be sure to get you some Blackberry Smoke, soon!

Blues Traveler – Milford Oyster Festival

Today is the 39th Annual Milford Oyster Festival in my city, Milford, Ct.  Every year we have a headlining act that plays for free.

Past years that I have attended have included these artists, Kansas, The Marshall Tucker Band, Soul Asylum, The Smithereens, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Mark Farner, and Blue Oyster Cult.

This year’s headline act is Blues Traveler. They are a  massively popular act in Connecticut with a loyal and fervent following (30,000 people came to see them on the New Haven Green a few years back). I’ll be heading over early to check them out and enjoy the food, festivities and see some old friends. The nice part of this festival is that its less than 10 minutes from the house 🙂

Can you feel the excitement?

The latest album by Blues Traveler is Suzie Cracks The Whip. I wonder if the band is signing today?

Ed the Wheathead, Today Only ;)

I saw Kansas at Fowler Field here in Milford, Connecticut. They were the headlining act for the 38th annual Milford Oyster Festival. This now makes me an official Wheathead 😉 Why you can call me Ed the Wheathead 🙂

It’s an amazing accomplishment that Kansas has sold over 24+ million recordings. The band has produced eight Gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling gold single, “Dust in the Wind.”

How long!

Kansas – Milford Oyster Festival, August 18, 2012

The Milford Oyster Festival main stage artist this year at the event is Kansas, the heartland rock band of the late 70’s.

A common question asked about aged bands is who is still in the band from the original group. It just so happens that three of the original Kansas band members still perform together. They are Phil Eheart (drums), Steve Walsh (keyboards and lead vocals), and Rich Williams (guitar).

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I sold a lot of their vinyl when I ran the record department at Caldor in 1978 and 1979, especially their double live LP,  Two for the Show. It will be nice to have them in the neighborhood on Saturday afternoon 🙂

Grand Funk Railroad – An American Supergroup

English: Grand Funk Railroad in their heyday!!
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Looking back to the year 1969 there was a lot of great music happening. Grand Funk Railroad began their career on vinyl that year with the recording, On Time released the same month as Woodstock. It didn’t get a lot of first attention on the radio, I know I never heard it. The first single they released was, “Time Machine” in July of 1969. It barely broke through the Billboard Top 50 singles chart. But a bigger future was brewing for Grand Funk Railroad.

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Grand Funk Railroad started to percolate with their second album, Grand Funk, released at the end of 1969. They were perfectly situated to ride the tsunami wave of the Age of Aquarius 1970 which was a paramount year for music. The red album caught on like wildfire. Everybody I knew was raving about Grand Funk. I wasn’t sold on Grand Funk at all. I thought they were crap to be quite honest with you. I would get into some heated debates with my friends about their sound.

It turned out I was wrong about Grand Funk Railroad (although many music critics agreed with me…). They continued to accelerate on the charts, the radio and with fans. Their third album, Closer to Home broke the band into super group level (it is double platinum). “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)” proved to be a major classic hit on progressive FM radio where they would play the entire 10 minute track (it was a 5:31 length single).

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The three members Don Brewer, Mel Schacher, and Mark Farner featured prominently on the cover of Closer to Home. I bought this album in 1970 as my opinion began to change about Grand Funk Railroad. I regret not ever seeing them live as an original power trio. They hold the record in 1971 of breaking The Beatles’ Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.

I did get to see Grand Funk Railroad later in my life. I first caught Mark Farner in 2001 at the Milford Oyster Festival for free. That was a cool outside show on Fowler Field.

Then we saw Grand Funk Railroad with Don and Mel at Mohegan Sun‘s Wolf Den. Don took his drum stick and threw it in the air and it landed right at my feet. I have it in my memorabilia collection now. It’s the only drum stick I have ever gotten at a live concert (close to 500 concerts in 42+ years).

I have seen Don Brewer playing drums for Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band twice as well.