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Was it really “The Last Time” for the Rolling Stones???

Posted June 28th, 2013 at 4:58 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole Before they set out on tour this spring, Ray McDonald hypothesized about The Rolling Stones set for their 50 Years and Counting tour … Now the US leg has come and gone and we know that the band didn’t stick with a single set list for this run. Instead, they shook things […]

Pianist Scott Cossu’s World of Music

Posted June 27th, 2013 at 9:36 pm (UTC+0)
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Cossu is getting ready to release a new album this fall called, Lullaby

Stormy Monday: Goodbye, Bobby “Blue” Bland

Posted June 24th, 2013 at 3:51 pm (UTC+0)

by Ray McDonald   Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland died on June 23 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 83. The Associated Press quoted his son as saying he died due to an ongoing illness. He was known as Bobby “Blue” Bland — or, the Sinatra Of The Blues. Born in rural Tennessee, he moved to Memphis, […]

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Joyride with Banjoist-Singer Cynthia Sayer

Posted June 17th, 2013 at 8:40 pm (UTC+0)
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Singer, banjoist, composer, and bandleader Cynthia Sayer has been inducted into the National Banjo Hall of Fame

Figuring Out Kanye West

Posted June 17th, 2013 at 4:44 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald   Kanye Omari West: who is he? Is he the challenging, creative rapper responsible for some of the best hip-hop releases of the past decade? Or is he a self-important irritant who, among other incidents, highjacked Taylor Swift’s big moment at the 2009 MTV Awards show and more recently lashed out at photographers after […]

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A few tunes to honor Dad

Posted June 14th, 2013 at 12:33 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole June 17th is Father’s day in the US. Last month, we celebrated Mother’s Day in song,  now it’s equal time for dear old Dad. When I set out to document Father’s Day in song, I was thinking that songwriters didn’t have the same enthusiasm for “dad songs” that they do for the […]

Ben Tucker, R.I.P.

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 7:44 pm (UTC+0)
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Jazz bassist and composer Ben Tucker has been killed in a strange and terrible accident. The truest tribute to any musician is his or her music. And, for all his accomplishments as a musician and businessman, Tucker was  best known for writing the song “Comin’ Home Baby,” a wonderfully funky tune covered by jazz and […]

Within Them Without Them

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 2:32 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald The Beatles released “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on June 1, 1967 in the United Kingdom. It hit the United States the following day. I was seven years old that summer, and remember walking through our local department store record section with my mother. “Sergeant Pepper” copies were stacked like cord-wood, […]



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