Monday, September 30, 2013

Mick Jagger To Become a Great-Grandfather

A father seven times over, the 70-year old Mick Jagger has three grandchildren, and Assisi, one of his granddaughters, is reported to be three months pregnant.  Read more here

Sunday, September 29, 2013

On the turntable this Sunday...Rumours

Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Largely recorded in California during 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut and was released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The record peaked at the top of both the United States Billboard chart and the United Kingdom Albums Chart. The songs "Go Your Own Way", "Don't Stop", "Dreams", and "You Make Loving Fun" were released as singles. Rumours is Fleetwood Mac's most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Rumours has received diamond certifications in several countries, including the US, Canada and Australia.

The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of the 1975 record Fleetwood Mac, but struggled with relationship breakups before recording started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by hedonistic behaviour and interpersonal strife between Fleetwood Mac members; these experiences informed the album's lyrics. Influenced by pop music, the record's tracks were recorded using a combination of acoustic and electric instruments. The mixing process delayed the completion of Rumours, but was finished by the end of 1976. Following the album's release in 1977, Fleetwood Mac undertook worldwide promotional tours.

Rumours garnered widespread critical acclaim. Praise centred on its production quality and harmonies, which frequently relied on the interplay among three vocalists. The record has inspired the work of musical acts in different genres. Often considered Fleetwood Mac's best release, it has featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 1970s and the best albums of all time. In 2004, Rumours was remastered and reissued with the addition of an extra track and a bonus CD of outtakes from the recording sessions. A three-CD reissue of the album was released by Warner Brothers on 29 January 2013. The set included outtakes of songs and concert tracks the band played while on tour in 1977.

Read more at Wikipedia.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tom Waits Added to Bridge School Lineup (

Tom Waits has joined the lineup for this year’s Bridge School Benefit

Waits' band will consist of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo (guitar), Les Claypool (bass), Casey Waits (drums) and others. The ensemble will offer a full acoustic set featuring songs from Waits’ album Bad As Me.  

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Ultimate Classic Rock's list of the Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs shows why the group is among the most popular, important and influential acts in classic rock history. Please follow the link to see the list Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Music Tuesdays: Gov't Mule 'Shout!'

Gov't Mule’s new album Shout! is available for purchase today, and for the band’s first studio album four years, they've had some help from their friends. 

The legendary Southern rockers laid down 11 new tracks for their first studio album with Blue Note Records, and they also brought in My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, and Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals for a special second disc featuring those artists' interpretations of the new Gov't Mule tracks. 

Gov't Mule still leads the way on disc two, but they let their friends take the vocal reigns for entirely different interpretation of the new songs.

Track listing on Disc Two w/guest spots:

1) "World Boss" w/ Ben Harper
2) "Funny Little Tragedy" w/ Elvis Costello
3) "Stoop So Low" w/ Dr. John
4) "Captured" w/ Jim James
5) "Whisper In Your Soul" w/ Grace Potter
6) "Scared To Live" w/ Toots Hibbert
7) "No Reward" w/ Glenn Hughes
8) "Bring On The Music" w/ Ty Taylor
9) "Forsaken Savior" w/ Dave Matthews
10) "Done Got Wise" w/ Myles Kennedy
11) "When The World Gets Small" w/ Steve Winwood

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gov’t Mule "Funny Little Tragedy" on Conan

Gov't Mule recently stopped by the set of Conan to perform "Funny Little Tragedy," a track from the band's highly anticipated 10th studio album, Shout!, in stores tomorrow.  

Check out the Mule on Conan below and be sure to pick up Shout!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

On the turntable this Sunday...Evil Urges

Evil Urges is the fifth studio album by My Morning Jacket. It was released by ATO Records on June 10, 2008. The cover was by Gary Burden.

Writing and recording

Writing began in Colorado, while recording was done in Manhattan.  According to producer Joe Chiccarelli, the demos he was sent, which were "very groove-oriented with hints of old-fashioned R&B", suggested a more urban record than previous albums, and as such he recommended the band record in an urban environment that had some "life and vitality".  After looking into various options including Vancouver and San Francisco, the band eventually decided to record in New York.

Singer and lead songwriter Jim James said that the band wanted to get away from "normal rock and roll sounds" and emulate more of the band's live sound. Many of the songs were previewed at the 2008 South by Southwest music festival.


My Morning Jacket played "I'm Amazed" and "Evil Urges" on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2008. At the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June 2008, the band played a near four hour set, playing all songs on the album except "Look at You" and "Remnants".

The season six premiere of The CW's teen drama One Tree Hill was titled "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream" and featured the songs "Highly Suspicious" and "Look at You." 

Track listing

All songs written by Jim James, except for "Evil Urges", the song's bridge, "Breakdown", is credited to My Morning Jacket.

  1. "Evil Urges" – 5:14
  2. "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt.1" – 3:51
  3. "Highly Suspicious" – 3:07
  4. "I'm Amazed" – 4:35
  5. "Thank You Too!" – 4:29
  6. "Sec Walkin" – 3:37
  7. "Two Halves" – 2:36
  8. "Librarian" – 4:18
  9. "Look at You" – 3:30
  10. "Aluminum Park" – 3:58
  11. "Remnants" – 3:04
  12. "Smokin from Shootin" – 5:07
  13. "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt.2" – 8:14
  14. "Good Intentions" – 0:06
Please read more at Wikipedia.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel to Recieve Kennedy Center Honors

Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, and Herbie Hancock will be recognized at this year's Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC on December 8.  Please read more here.  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bands You Should Know About: Fruition

Fruition is a band that I have recently discovered and am really enjoying.  SiriusXM's Jam On channel has been playing 'Mountain Annie' in heavy rotation, a track from the band's recent album,  Just One of Them Nights, and I must say the entire album is a solid effort.  Please read more about the Portland, Oregon based band here

-Will Fisher, The Showbiz Kids

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stan Robinson, Father of Black Crowes’ Chris and Rich Robinson, Dies

Stan Robinson, father of the Black Crowes' Rich and Chris Robinson, passed away last week. The band cancelled a pair of shows early last week and resumed their tour in Telluride, CO on Friday.  Read more about Stand Robinson here

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dave Matthews and Grover Sing "I Need A Word" on Sesame Street

Celebrating their 44th season on-air, Sesame Street had a special visitor stop by to help kick off the first new episode of the new season.   Dave Matthews and Grover sing a song called 'I Need A Word.'  Please follow the link to see a video of the new song here.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Music Reviews: Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost

Wise Up Ghost, the eagerly anticipated album from iconic singer-songwriter, Elvis Costello and Philly's iconic hip-hop artists, The Roots, is in stores today.  

Please follow the link to read Colin McGuire's excellent review of the new album at PopMatters.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Elvis Costello and The Roots’ 'Wake Up Ghost' Streaming Online

Elvis Costello and The Roots' new album Wise Up Ghost is scheduled to be released next Tuesday, September 17. Thanks to NPR you can listen to the new album before then. Please follow the link for more details.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

On the turntable this Sunday...Anchor Drops

Anchor Drops is Umphrey's McGee's third studio album, released on June 29, 2004. It is the first studio album to feature drummer Kris Myers. For this album, the band mixed progressive rock with acoustic folk, jam band grooves, heavy metal and electronica. The album also contains a horn section (including Karl Denson) on the track "Wife Soup."

The cover is an overhead image of the city of Chicago. In the inner sleeve many close up shots of the city of Chicago are portrayed. On the cover, the word "Chicago" is written in maritime flags.

Read more at Wikipedia 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

No. 100: Sammy Hagar, ‘I Can’t Drive 55′ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Please follow the link to see the Ultimate Classic Rock's list of  the top 100 Classic Rock Songs, starting with Sammy Hagar's 'I Can't Drive 55.' 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Furthur, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, TTB and Members of ARU Highlight The Final Day of Lockn’ (

Please follow the link to read more about the epic final day at the Lockn' Festival that included, Further, Trey Anastasio Band, Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, The String Cheese Incident, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes Band, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band to name a few.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jimi Hendrix Reveals Track Listing for ‘Miami Pop Festival’ (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The latest offering from the estate of Jimi Hendrix, ‘Miami Pop Festival,’ is set to come out Nov. 5 on CD and a limited-edition two-LP set. Please follow the link to read more.   

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Saturday at Lockn’ (A Relix Gallery)

Please follow the link to Relix to take a look at an epic Saturday at Lockn’ with John Fogerty joining Widespread Panic and Trey Anastasio performing with Furthur. (Photos by John Patrick Gatta and Dean Budnick) 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Steely Dan Setlist from Alpharetta, GA 09/04/2013

Steely Dan delivered another stellar performance at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park  in Alpharetta, GA this past Saturday night.  

Please see full set list courtesy of 

Note: Aja Night

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

On the turntable this Sunday...By A Thread

By a Thread is the ninth full length studio album by Gov't Mule. It has been released on October 27, 2009, on Evil Teen Records. It is the first album to feature bassist Jorgen Carlsson, who joined the band in 2008, replacing Andy Hess.

On August 17, 2009, the first track of the album, "Broke Down on the Brazos", was made available for listening on Gov't Mule's official website, as well as on the band's Myspace and Facebook pages. The track features the playing of Billy Gibbons, best known as the singer and guitarist for the American blues rock band ZZ Top. It was the last song written for the album.

Read more at Wikipedia

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rod Stewart Delivers Blistering 'Maggie May' Live – Song Premiere (Rolling Stone)

Earlier this week, Universal Music released Rod Stewart's Rarities, a two-disc compilation filled with alternate versions of his most popular songs, non-LP singles, B-Sides, covers, and studio outtakes.  Please follow the link to read more at Rolling Stone. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Little Richard Announces Retirement

Little Richard, one of rock's most influential artists and distinct personalities, is retiring from the music industry.  Please read more at Ultimate Classic Rock

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Phish Close Their Tour Colorado-Style with a "Mike’s ‘Legalize It’ Groove" (

Phish closed out their summer tour on Sunday night with a sold-out show at Dick's Sporting Good's Park in Commerce City, CO. The band played the first "Guelah Papyrus" of the tour plus the first "Saw It Again" in 53 shows.  The band also debuted the Peter Tosh classic "Legalize It." Read more here

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Relix 250th Issue: "The State of the Scene" with Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes and John Bell

The 250th issue of Relix magazine is on newsstands now and features a discussion on "The State of the Scene" with Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, and John Bell.  Please follow the link to read the John Bell piece.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Paul McCartney Announces New Album (Relix)

Paul McCartney recently announced his plans to release a new studio album in October. Please follow the link to read more. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

On the turntable this Sunday...Superunknown

Superunknown is the fourth album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on March 8, 1994 through A&M Records. It is the band's second album with bassist Ben Shepherd. Soundgarden began work on the album after touring in support of its previous album, Badmotorfinger (1991). Superunknown continued a departure from the band's earlier releases while displaying a more diverse range of influences.

Superunknown was a critical and commercial success and became the band's breakthrough album. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Five singles were released from the album: "The Day I Tried to Live", "My Wave", "Fell on Black Days", "Spoonman", and "Black Hole Sun", the latter two of which won Grammy Awards and helped Soundgarden reach mainstream popularity. In 1995, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and has sold around 9 million copies worldwide and remains Soundgarden's most successful album. In 2003, the album was ranked number 336 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. 

The album was ranked number 38 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties, and number five on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1994.

Read more at Wikipedia