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A Musical Soul Food Library

By Don Jacobson
Boinng! My music dork-o-meter just buried the needle!

Posted on March 1, 2010

Discovering The Del-Lords

Occupying a key place in the holy union of roots rock and punk.

Posted on April 25, 2009

The Rock 'N' Roll Highway Revisited

By Don Jacobson
Highway 67 boasted a swath of funky roadhouses and disreputable dives that appealed to the earliest crop of rockers, who piled into their Chevies and worked their way up and down this strip, leaving booze-fueled, pill-popping, duck-assed mayhem in their wakes.

Posted on March 15, 2009

What Robert Plant Hath Wrought

By Don Jacobson
Robert Plant's rejection of Zeppelin money-grabs and his evolution into an Americana artist is nothing if not indicative of the yearning for truth and the discovery through American music of who we really are and where we came from, and how it all went wrong when Giganto Corp. stole it all.

Posted on February 15, 2009

Beer and The BoDeans: A Wisconsin Story

By Don Jacobson
Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams & Beer & Cheese.

Posted on December 22, 2008

The World's Worst Roots Music Fest

By Don Jacobson
Plus, indie rockers as fake cowboys and a nod to Red House Records.

Posted on November 25, 2008

Cleveland Rocked

By Don Jacobson
And Upbeat photographer George Shuba captured it.

Posted on October 22, 2008

That '70s Rock Screed And The Man Who Saved Wings

By Don Jacobson
I'm one of those mentally straitjacketed music fans who truly believe that the '70s were indeed the be-all and end-all of rock 'n' roll.

Posted on October 6, 2008

Backyard Tire Fire Goes Pop

By Don Jacobson
The premier pop balladeer of America's heartland now lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Posted on September 22, 2008

Social Distortion Channels Marty Stuart & Joe Ely

By Don Jacobson
Cowpunks all.

Posted on July 14, 2008

Hey Bo Diddley

By The Beachwood Hambone Affairs Desk
The beat that will go on.

Posted on June 2, 2008

Howlin' Dave: Hippie Punk Legend

By Don Jacobson
Howlin' Dave was the Wolfman Jack of the Phillipines who dominated both the hippie and punk eras. By all accounts, he ruled.

Posted on June 2, 2008

Juno & Feist

By Don Jacobson
Canadian music fans, when they decide to support their own, consistently come up with better choices than we do.

Posted on April 10, 2008

Chatham County vs. David Allen Coe

By Don Jacobson
Exactly when did Tom Petty become Chuck Norris?

Posted on February 4, 2008

Jason Ringenberg's Rainbow Stew

By Don Jacobson
The music seems sparkling and too good to be true, yet it's still got one foot in a slow-moving freight running past a hobo jungle somewhere down around Carbondale.

Posted on December 24, 2007

The Steve Marriott Saga: How the Mob, Peter Frampton and Daddy Osbourne Snuffed Out The Small Faces and Humble Pie

By Don Jacobson
A musical career at the nexus of the Mob, Peter Frampton and Sharon Osbourne's father illustrates why the demise of the record industry can't come soon enough.

Posted on November 26, 2007

The Beachwood Country All-Stars

By Steve Rhodes
All-Time Country & Western Hits found at a Beachwood tag sale.

Posted on November 7, 2007

Shooter Jennings Walks This Way

By Don Jacobson
Mixing the hoary, soul-satisfying squalls of guitar rock with the emotional plaintiveness of a lap-steel and a fiddle.

Posted on October 24, 2007

Levon's Dirt Farm

By Don Jacobson
A gaunt, wrinkly old man who, good God, is Levon Helm is releasing his first record in a quarter century.

Posted on September 19, 2007

Billy Bob Country

By Don Jacobson
Billy Bob Thornton is (almost) the real deal.

Posted on August 15, 2007

Roky's Revival

By Don Jacobson
Maybe because of the many years he spent blasting white noise from his TVs to drown out the voices in his head, Roky Erickson has somehow preserved his utterly unique singing voice.

Posted on July 23, 2007

Save Internet Radio

By Don Jacobson
I suffered mightily in my younger days when the suits took over the airwaves and shrunk the playlists to the point where you could inscribe them on the head of a pin. Now they're going to do it me (and you) again.

Posted on June 27, 2007

Reunion Blues

By Don Jacobson
A far better reunion tour than the Police makes a stop at Schubas. What the Vee-Jay label means to you. And why Black Music Month is a disservice to black artists.

Posted on June 9, 2007

Here Lies Rock 'n Roll

By Don Jacobson
BBC Television writes rock 'n roll's obituary.

Posted on May 21, 2007

Alt Clear Channel

By Don Jacobson
It would be the ultimate irony if Clear Channel re-introduced the kind of radio it destroyed in the first place. But there's a glimmer of hope emanating from Texas that just such a thing is on the horizon.

Posted on May 1, 2007

Rockie Country High

By Don Jacobson
Hey, if it feels like you're kicking Alan Jackson in the ass, and if makes your soul feel better, then it's alt-country!

Posted on March 29, 2007

Obit: Kirk Rundstrom, Hardcore Hillbilly

By Don Jacobson
His brand of bluegrass was the first I had heard that so decisively made the leap that allowed rock fans such as myself the license to even think of delving into old-timey country music.

Posted on February 27, 2007

Dylan's Grammy Museum

By Don Jacobson
While Bob Dylan continues to do fine work, it's hardly the best the music industry has to offer. But then, neither are any of the Grammy winners.

Posted on February 12, 2007

Smoke, Mirrors and Backyard Tire Fires

By Don Jacobson
Backyard Tire Fire can move from balls-out, Slobberbone-style Southern boogie-blasting to nuanced, poppy Tweedy-ism in a heartbeat.

Posted on January 21, 2007

Del Reeves' Truckin' Country

By Don Jacobson
Maybe truckin' country had that rock edge because truckers got around a bit more.

Posted on January 9, 2007

MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock.
TV - Vizio Settles Spying Complaints.
POLITICS - Where Is Accountability For The SAT?
SPORTS - Cheerleading's Peculiar Rise To Olympic Sport.

BOOKS - Chicago's Forgotten Black Scholar.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Celebrating Women Of Courage.


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