On paper what was tabbed “The Woodstock of the West” couldn’t be anything short of amazing.
The free concert on Dec. 6, 1969, headlined by the Rolling Stones with the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jefferson Airplane and Santana on the undercard at the Altamont Motor Speedway near Livermore, Calif., became a perfect storm where everything that could go wrong, went horribly beyond that and to this day, remains one of the most ghastly events in music history.
The 45th Annual On-Again/Off-Again Bob Parzych Christmas Show starring Chet McPhee, co-starring The Sparkemon & The Boyz aired on Dec. 12, with the jocoseness not getting too out of control as the FCC did not have to step in.
Tower of Power tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo was a guest on the Dec. 2 edition of Java Jazz where he joined host Steve Adler to discuss the storied history and up-coming plans of one of the world’s greatest horn bands.
Average White Band bassist/guitarist Allan Gorrie was a guest on the Nov. 4 edition of Java Jazz where he joined host Steve Adler to discuss the storied history of the legendary funk band which formed in 1972 in Dundee, Scotland.
Recently returned from England, Devo will feature an interview with lead singer and songwriter Damian Wilson from the progressive bands Headspace and Threshold on the Aug. 26 edition of The Devo Rock Show.
Chris Collingwood was an in-studio guest on the Aug. 22 edition of The Devo Rock Show where he discussed his new project Look Park and up-coming appearance at the Amourasaurus II festival which runs Aug. 27-28 at Look Park in Northampton, Mass.
The April 16 edition of Greasy Tracks spotlighted the Fender Telecaster, long recognized as one of the iconic instruments to make a profound impact in rock, soul, jazz, country and electric blues music.
An interview with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen was featured on the March 5 edition of Greasy Tracks where he discussed the recent passing of former Jefferson Airplane bandmates Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson as well as reminiscing about the early days of the Airplane which was just honored by the recording industry with a lifetime achievement award.
The Feb. 22 edition of The Kitchen Sink of Jazz featured some music of Thomas Chapin and an interview with his brother, Ted, who discussed the legacy of his younger brother as well as the documentary “Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song” by Emmy-winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo.
Austin-based Greyhounds were featured on the Feb. 13 edition of Greasy Tracks, including an interview with the band and a handful of tracks from its soon-to-be-released CD Change of Pace (Ardent Music).
Interviews with the daughters of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Diana Ross were featured on the Jan. 23 edition of Greasy Tracks, a special edition of the program which included music by each of them as well as their parents. Go here for Hour 1, Hour 2.
The Dec. 7 edition of The Devo Rock Show will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Rubber Soul — the landmark Beatles album that was recorded over a four-week period in an effort for it to be out in time for Christmas 1965.
Street poet, dissonant godfather of punk, amphetamine-fueled deviant, humanitarian, ground-breaking musician and a unique and on-going influence to generations of musicians, Lou Reed was all this and more.
The Sept. 5 edition of Greasy Tracks featured the music of Otis Redding and an interview with author Mark Ribowsky who discussed the recently published bio Dreams To Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and The Transformation of Southern Soul (Liveright).
Devo got a chance to catch up with accordionist Blake Miller and bassist Eric Frey of the Lafayette, La.-based band The Revelers following their recent performance at The Green River Festival in Greenfield, Mass.
Three musicians who played on the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s debut album in 1965 appeared on the May 23 edition of Greasy Tracks as part of a tribute to the group’s recent induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Steeped in blues, country, gospel and rock and roll, southern soul music has long been linked with a handful of studios in Memphis, Tenn., and Muscle Shoals, Ala, but toss in the crack writing teams and players in Nashville along “Music Row” and you’ve got the “country-soul triangle.”
Mention Jerry Garcia and most people immediately think of the Grateful Dead as the late guitarist was considered the focal point of the legendary pioneering psychedelic rock band, renowned as much for their music as they were the circus-like atmosphere of their annual tours.
Long recognized as one of the iconic instruments to make a profound impact in rock, soul, jazz, country and electric blues music, the unique look and sound of the Fender Telecaster remains as timeless as the classic tracks it was used to record.
Technically speaking, the original Band ceased to be following their swan song performance on Thanksgiving 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, an event that was filmed and later released as The Last Waltz.