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Musical palate cleanser, “the greatest record producer ever” edition

A horrible man, a musical genius has passed away.

Phil Spector, one of the most influential and successful record producers in rock ’n’ roll, who generated a string of hits in the early 1960s defined by the lavish instrumental treatment known as the wall of sound, but whose life was upended when he was sentenced to prison for the murder of a woman at his home, died on Saturday. He was 81.

It’s a weird world we live in.

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Musical palate cleanser, “I am the natural born taildragger” edition

Could you use a little live Howlin’ Wolf this morning?  Everybody could use a little live Howlin’ Wolf this morning.

There’s a consummate performer for you.

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Musical palate cleanser, young love edition

Let’s get the week started with this peppy little number:

Come for the power pop; stay for the pubescent Rob Lowe.

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Happy New Year, y’all.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Stay safe, everyone, and appreciate what you’ve got.

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Musical palate cleanser, another great, gone edition

His health had been failing and he’d been out of the public eye for years, but this still comes as a shock and with great sadness:

Tony Rice, the bluegrass guitarist and vocalist known for his elegant, innovative flatpicking, died Friday at his home in Reidsville, North Carolina. He was 69. Rice’s death was confirmed by the International Bluegrass Music Association, which inducted him into its Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

Born David Anthony Rice in Virginia on June 8th, 1951, Rice learned about bluegrass from his father, an amateur musician who raised his family in Los Angeles, and Tony’s older brother Larry Rice, who played mandolin. When Tony was 20, he joined his sibling as a member of the New South, the bluegrass group led by banjoist J.D. Crowe. The band played throughout Kentucky and introduced Rice to Ricky Skaggs, who joined the New South in 1974. Upon his death, Skaggs heralded Rice as “the single most influential acoustic guitar player in the last 50 years.”

That’s not an exaggeration.

Rice’s death on Christmas morning resonated throughout the bluegrass world as well as the guitar-playing community at large. “The list of guitarists who reinvented the most played instrument in the world is very short. Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix… a few others. Tony Rice is on that list,” Charlie Worsham told Rolling Stone in an email. “Hang out long enough with a couple guitar players, and you’ll hear phrases like ‘Manzanita, or ‘Cold on the Shoulder,’ dropped into the conversation like code, like a test to see how much you know about the good shit. Anyone who strives to flat pick a guitar with a solid right hand, to meld raw physical power with the grace and precision of a hummingbird’s wings owes a debt of gratitude to Tony Rice.”

That is astounding stuff.

I don’t either.

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Musical palate cleanser, unexpected pleasure edition

Almost as if he personally wanted to make sure 2020 wasn’t a complete bummer, Al Green has, after a lengthy hiatus, released a new single.

Let me repeat that:  there’s a new Al Green single!

I don’t know what we’ve done to deserve it, but from the bottom of my heart, thank you, sir.

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Musical palate cleanser, cover edition

Here’s Delbert McClinton, covering a 1968 R&B chart topper, “Can I Just Change My Mind”.

That’s a sweet, sweet groove there.

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“As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

It’s simple, really.

As long as I blog, this will never get old.

Have a great day, peeps!

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Musical palate cleanser, bring your own lampshade edition

How ’bout a little introspective ‘Mats this morning?

“If bein’ wrong’s a crime, I’m serving forever” is one of Westerberg’s best lines ever.

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Moar mood

Life’s a beach.

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