SXSW Music 2015 – Austin, Texas

We are on the eve of SXSW Music 2015 which takes place in Austin, Texas from March 17-22. I’d love nothing more than to be there in person, experiencing the energy and live music in measure.

Since that is unrealistic this year (I’m holding out for SXSW 2016, right dear ;)) I rely upon the on-the-scene independent music bloggers from my community to keep me informed. To their credit they have produced an invaluable music preview guide, The Independent Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW.

The SXSW 2015 Music Preview Guide

Over 25 independent music bloggers put together a guide of up-and-coming SXSW Music showcasing artists that shouldn’t be missed.

The Independent Bloggers Guide to SXSW highlights 100 bands that should be seen live and in person at the 2015 SXSW Music Festival.

Tighten Up – Archie Bells & The Drells

There are songs from my past that bubble up warmly in the music of our heart. “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & The Drells from Houston, Texas is a song written to showcase their new dance moves. I recall buying their 45 r.p.m. single at the 5&10 record department in the summer of 1968. I played it endlessly on the hi-fi system in my room.

I loved Archie Bell’s soulful voice set against that funky guitar lick that eggs you on. This hit sounds as fresh today as it did 46 years ago 🙂


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Review: ZZ Top at the Oakdale

ZZ Top

JD and the Straight Shot

May 8, 2013

Toyota at the Oakdale Theatre

Wallingford, Ct.


I can confirm that this venerable power trio is way more than a “lil ole band from Texas”. They came out, hit their marks on the stage and cranked out their classic blues rock for 90 minutes non-stop. The sound they produce together will grip ya. You feed off their energy song after song. I am always amazed the hurricane gale strength three musicians amplified delivers at the combined center of their respective sound.

What I love about ZZ Top is that they are all meat and no-filler. They had a unique stage setup that takes effective use of wireless networking especially those long cylindrical mike stands. This picture I took with my iPhone captures what I visually experienced. They  had some very cool and captivating graphic effects.

ZZ Top is symbolically associated with sex, cars and rock and roll. They produce great driving music. Gimme All Your Lovin always revs my engines 🙂

The opening (warmup) act was JD and the Straight Shot. The band is led by Jim Dolan on lead vocals and guitar. They did a 30 minute set. The song I liked the most by this ensemble was the psychedelic cover of It’s A Beautiful Day’s White Bird. 

JD & The Straight Shot

ZZ Top Set List

  1. Precious and Grace 
  2. Heartache in Blue 
  3. Waitin’ for the Bus 
  4. Jesus Just Left Chicago 
  5. Flyin’ High 
  6. Pincushion 
  7. Heard it on the X 
  8. I Gotsta Get Paid 
  9. A Fool for Your Stockings 
  10. My Head’s in Mississippi 
  11. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings 
  12. Certified Blues 
  13. Chartreuse 
  14. Sharp Dressed Man 
  15. Legs   

And yes they still have those white fuzzy guitars from the Legs video 😉 


  1. Tube Snake Boogie 
  2. Viva Las Vegas 
  3. La Grange / Sloppy Drunk / Bar-B-Q 
  4. Tush


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