If not for Dave Thompson’s new book, Fire and Wine-An Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley, I dare say an important part of English music history might well be lost. For decades I’ve enjoyed the writing and singing of Steve--and have been honored to have him on The Electric Croude twice--most recently during last December.
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That title is a line from reclusive billionaire Harold Finch to an NSA analyst running for his life--for asking too many questions about a machine capable of keeping tabs on all americans--while technically not violating Fourth Amendment rights. Both TV characters are fictional from the CBS series called Person of Interest. There is a parallel with real-life Edward Snowden--except this episode (No Good Deed) of the series came out years before our awareness of Snowden.
That’s what they’re saying maybe in the middle of the Atlantic ocean...but remember you’ll need to adjust your Atavachron. Right here in Richmond,VA you won’t have to wait till the midnight hour--as the famous song goes.
In an age where people are so concerned about being green...less care is devoted to the care and feeding of your brain--especially as concerns music. The human body can react in very different ways to MP3s, .wav files, CDs and the once forsaken black platter--also known as the 331/3 rpm record.
I’ve done A/B comparisons with CDs/vinyl... more often than not, digital re-mastering takes away from the visceral impact of music.
Its part of the great dialogue from the 1986 motion picture, Crossroads. Its part of the banter between fiction Willie Brown and Lightnin’ Boy. The latter not exactly happy about sharing the back of a wagon with crates of chickens. Later on Willie Brown explains to a female runaway, “I’m the bluesman...he’s from long island.” I’ve always laughed at that since hence where I hail from. But in New York my discovering real life bluesmen in concert... Albert King and Muddy Waters.
Sound is endlessly fascinating for me...glorious Stereo. And Mono. I’ll take it all. And both are being served up on The Electric Croude this week courtesy of Barry Cleveland--Assoc. Editor of Guitar Player magazine & Big Brother and the Holding Company.
For non guitar players, that’s the way we 6-stringers often refer to the iconic invention of Leo Fender & Les Paul.The
The Telecaster, Stratoscaster and Les Paul--3 different guitar styles which have fueled the music industry and every musical genre you can imagine. It could take months to definitely survey all the categories and sub-categories where these great electric guitars were used.
Tonight...a shortcut. At least as long as one hour will allow. And so we enter southern soul/blues/alt country.
You don’t need to be under the influence of anything to get the most out of music or life...but I do enjoy the title spin on the Huxley book. And it does tie into this week’s show for the Memorial Day weekend.
Could you name the band that played on more #1 hits than the Beatles, Stones, Elvis and Beach Boys combined? A great trivia question--more importantly--a great slice of music history.
They were called The Funk Brothers--not only did they play on ALL those great Motown hits but they are they are still influential today--think everyone from Talking Heads to Jeff Beck.
Its fun to have musicians like Mike Stern, Thomas Youngblood, Mike Pope et alia during Guitar Month--but--we’ve got a host of great musicians in our own backyard. And that’s what the show is about this week--concentrating on Virginia pickers.