This interesting Wikipedia entry says that Sweetwater was scheduled to be the first act at Woodstock but “problems within the band” — use your imagination — occurred and Richie Havens opened the historical festival. The LA-based jazz/rock fusion group followed. Thus, the item points out, Sweetwater was the first band to play. It’s a distinction.
This is Take it From the Splice, Boys. I’ve loved the first two minutes and the end of this song since I got the album in the early 1970s.
Despite all the technology available, radio still is the main way that people find new music, according to a Nielsen Music 360 study that explored the habits of 3,000 online consumers.
Rolling Stone’s report on the study said that friends and relatives were the second most important source at 10 percent, and YouTube clocked in at 7 percent, though the site was far more influential among teens: 56 percent of that younger age group found music through the site.
Bonnie Raitt, usually an electric slide player, shows her versatility in the clip above.
Raitt started her tour this week and has a new album, Slipstream. She last toured with Taj Mahal in 2009, but took a break during which a close friend, her parents and brother Steve — also a musician — all died.
Here are Tennessee Waltz (with Norah Jones), No Gettin Over You (with Keb Mo), the Willie Nelson tune Night Life (with B.B. King), Love Me Like a Man and Something to Talk About, her hit from a few years ago.
Here is what’s happening today, updated as often as possible: Hard to disagree with the headline of this piece in The Atlantic magazine: Levon Helm was Perfect…LA Times offers a feature on Gabriela Lena Frank, who combines Latin American folk and modernism…YouTube has German trouble…”Music Man Murray” owns a great name and hundreds of thousands of records…ASCAP honors Carly Simon, Trent Reznor and Peter Frampton…A review of The Essential Donovan…The hacker group Anonymous is getting into the streaming business with Anontune…Previously unreleased George Harrison recordings are going to be made available in stages, the first due on April 30…Merle Haggard addresses the state of country music at Corpus Christi’s Caller.com…Jason Crabb was named both artistist and male vocals of the year at the Dove Awards for Christian and gospel music. The show will be down on April 24 on GMC, formerly the Gospel Music Channel…A rundown of the many musical events set for the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey area this weekend…The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is set to perform Crane Palimpsest, the latest work from Gabriel Kahane…
Here is a tune, Cornerstone, that was suggested by a site visitor. I like it. Here is Richard Heyman’s site, his Wikipedia page and links to four other songs: Cornerstone, Branded in the Sky, Rec Room for a Generation/Baby Boom and Civil War Buff.
Please send me links to songs you like. All suggestions that are within the bounds of good taste are welcome.