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Musical palate cleanser, can’t beat that Rickenbacker sound edition


Attended the final show of the 50th anniversary of Sweetheart of the Rodeo tour, featuring Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, last night.  If you didn’t get the chance to take it in, that’s a real shame, as it turned out to be one of the best concerts I’ve ever heard.

They played the album in its entirety, mixed in with some great Byrds chestnuts and even a Tom Petty tribute for the encore (a gorgeous bluegrass edition of “Wildflowers” was the highlight for me).  I have always loved the ringing sound of a 12-string Rickenbacker and McGuinn’s playing didn’t disappoint.  Hillman’s a good acoustic picker in his own right, but he’s always been underrated as a rock bassist (listen to his lines in Younger than Yesterday, for instance) and when he picked the bass up for a few songs, like he did in “My Back Pages”, the opener, it immediately took me back… well, a half century.

The musicianship all around was superb and a lot of credit for that has to go to the band the two played with on this tour, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives.  Stuart is a virtuoso on both the guitar — he plays an electric guitar that originally belonged to Clarence White, swoon! — and the mandolin.  The Superlatives were just that.  They got to play a couple of songs on their own last night.  Here’s one.

In his introduction, Stuart mentioned how much “Time Don’t Wait” owes to the Byrds and the path they blazed with Sweetheart.  You can hear a little “Feel a Whole Lot Better” in the guitar riff on that Rickenbacker, that’s for sure.

Just a great, great show.



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Musical palate cleanser, one more time edition

Evidently, a remastered version of The Beatles’ White Album is on its way, complete with 27 (!) demos of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

Here’s a beautiful acoustic take Harrison recorded at his house in May, 1968.

And here’s the remastered version with the whole band and Eric Clapton of the song that appeared on the album.


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Musical palate cleanser, hittin’ the road edition

This one came to mind last night, for obvious reasons.


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Musical palate cleanser, dreamin’ of the past edition

Here’s one of my favorite tunes from the eighties, The Plimsouls’ “A Million Miles Away”, in a format you oldsters may remember — the “music video”:

If you really want to date yourself, can you remember the movie soundtrack in which the song appeared?  No?

Well, here you go.

Time sure damn flies, don’t it?


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Musical palate cleanser, gettin’ obvious edition

Dylan, live “Shelter From The Storm”.

A reminder that Arab chic was a thing once, I suppose.


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Musical palate cleanser, no introduction needed

Two dudes singing and strumming…


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Musical palate cleanser, REK up close edition

I went and saw Robert Earl Keen at City Winery last night.  Nothing like sitting close up (front row seats!) in an intimate setting like that — and he was terrific in front of an audience who clearly loved him.  I’ve never hear a crowd sing every word of a song correctly in a concert setting, but we managed that for “Merry Christmas From The Family”.  I think he enjoyed it as much as we did.

Anyway, he played my favorite song of his and, well, hell, why don’t you listen, too?  Feel free to sing along like we did last night.


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