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George Maida

Articles by George Maida

Ry & Steve at the Crossroads: 25 Years Later

Despite the fact that its fiction with a number of historical and spiritual errors, the 1986 film featuring a musical score by Ry Cooder is still the best film about Guitar-dom ever made. John Fusco's screenplay given one off direction by Walter Hill elevates a simple story to mythical proportion. Not to mention the virtuosity of Steve Vai and Cooder's slide work enhanced with a number of blues legends.

40 Years Ago The Fillmore East Closed

You know you’re getting older when....wait. Don't answer that.

How is it i can remember the loud, clean, piercing tone of Albert King’s Flying V, the mania that followed a J Geils performance and the southern style and majesty of the original Allman Brothers Band, but have to look for my car keys if they are not in their designated morning place?  Ok...that’s rhetorical. Don’t answer that either.

Carol Lipnik : Queen of NY Eclectica

As a musical artist if you're submitting your material for a CD sampler or elsewhere, its not unusual to be asked on a form how do you describe your music....folk, new age, alternate or fill in the blank.  Labels are the bane of classifying modernn creativity and that brings us to the subject of this week's primary focus.  The ever unpredictable and always challenging Carol Lipnik

An American Saturday Night

This particular holiday weekend is perhaps one of the most bizarre for me.  The commercial media ratio of advertising to awareness of Memorial Day is....well, I dont' have to tell you.  My late Dad was a vet of WWII.  So are some of my fave departed uncles who also served overseas.  At the oddest moments I'll sometimes think of them under fire with the hell of war surrounding them.  Because of what they did I'm here.  And the domino effect through the decades is this radio station, the weekly Croudes you tune in and our general way of life.

WTF (“Who’s the Folkie?”)

“Ever hear of this Robert Zimmerman??”

You have to imagine that’s what raced through the minds of Brandeis University students in May, 1963. Bob Dylan wasn’t famous and played the metaphorical second fiddle to those such as Pete Seeger, Jean Redpath and others.  His music was accepted enthusiastically and the concert taped....AND....buried for decades.

Heaven, Hell and the Blues

Its Mom's Day and the 100th birtday of blues legend Robert Johnson on The Electric Croude. A special giveaway for Moms, exploring the music of R.J. and contrasting it with the lighter side of reality with bluesman and preacher Blind Willie McTell. Also observations & music from Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons and how Johnson influenced them.

May Day with Maida

Every few years or so, I can have fun with this.  Yet it’s hard to believe that the fifth month is upon us.  Almost that time of year when we actually start keeping the money we make after Uncle Sam has been taking his.

I digress – unusual pairings dominate our musical thread this week. 

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