The Best Band Playing Live Today, By Ron Swanson

This is the best band playing live today.

I honestly cannot say enough in praise of this touring group. I have been there at the Chicago Winery shows the last two times through Chicago. No new record? Not needed when you have a catalogue like IH does.

Oh and it is so . . . → Read More: The Best Band Playing Live Today, By Ron Swanson

Van Morrison – I Can’t Stop Loving You – Crazy Love (with Ray Charles) By Ron Swanson

I don’t know that I’ve heard this version before, but it is pretty good:

I’ve loved Van’s reading of it since Hymns to the Silence, but this is nice.

Never had heard this either.

I am becoming more and more a fan of Youtube. It pretty much replaces my worn . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – I Can’t Stop Loving You – Crazy Love (with Ray Charles) By Ron Swanson

Buddy Guy – Hoochie Coochie Man – Fever – Damn Right, By Ron Swanson

I had the honor to go see Buddy Guy play at his own club recently. I am ashamed to say that I hadn’t ever done this before. Here are some random thoughts.

Scott Holt, who used to play guitar with Buddy warmed up. He led a very tight three piece group through blues originals . . . → Read More: Buddy Guy – Hoochie Coochie Man – Fever – Damn Right, By Ron Swanson

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band – When I’m President – Live [HD] Bumbershoot Seattle 09.02.12, By Ron Swanson

How good is the Rant Band? I’ve loved James Mastro’s work since he did the free “tour” prior to Rant with Ian. I saw I and and James for free at Martyr’s on Lincoln back in 2000 and they were great. Mark Bosch is the best live guitarist the Rant Band has had and . . . → Read More: Ian Hunter & The Rant Band – When I’m President – Live [HD] Bumbershoot Seattle 09.02.12, By Ron Swanson

Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy – Wrote a Song For Everyone, By Ron Swanson

How is it that Mavis Staples put a record out and I can’t find it on EPB?

Mavis Staples, of the first family of American singers (the Cash-Carter clan is a close second, but cannot sing as well) released an excellent album of mostly Gospel tunes in 2010 called, “You Are not Alone.” . . . → Read More: Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy – Wrote a Song For Everyone, By Ron Swanson

Ian Hunter & the Rant Band Live in Chicago‏, By Ron Swanson

The City Winery in Chicago (Racine and Randolph) is a fine new venue for seeing music. Their menu is more obscure (to my uneducated mind and palate) than the Hopleaf‘s but the intimacy and quality of sound are first rate.

Nicholas Tremulis opened the show and I was pleasantly surprised by how well an . . . → Read More: Ian Hunter & the Rant Band Live in Chicago‏, By Ron Swanson

Setting a Hook for Paul K, By Ron Swanson

Gritty, vibrant, haunting.

I want to set a hook for Paul K – make it easy to give him a listen.

Paul K has never put out music that was not worth listening to, but Love is a Gas (anagram for I heart Vegas) is more listenable than most of his offerings. For those . . . → Read More: Setting a Hook for Paul K, By Ron Swanson

Ian Hunter – When I’m President, By Ron Swanson

I just received Ian Hunter‘s new record, When I’m President, in the mail. I’m going to see him in Chicago at the end of the month at a new venue, called Chicago Winery, located at 1200 W. Randolph. I splurged on “VIP” tickets for the show, which seem to mean that I’ll have good . . . → Read More: Ian Hunter – When I’m President, By Ron Swanson

The Australian Doors – Stairway to Heaven – Thoughts on Elton John, By Ron Swanson

Above is an interesting version of “Stairway to Heaven” which was sent my way by Mark Erickson. It’s amazing how a diligent Australian tribute band can make any song sound like a Doors song. Jim Morrison died July 3, 1971 and Led Zeppelin IV was released November 8, 1971.

In strange mind related . . . → Read More: The Australian Doors – Stairway to Heaven – Thoughts on Elton John, By Ron Swanson

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – The Best Of Everything, By Ron Swanson

Just found this – always been one of my favorite Tom Petty songs and this is a cool dedication to Levon Helm. The other member of the Band that he mentions is Richard Manuel who sang back up on the original recording back in 1986. It might be the last recording Manuel ever made…

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Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah, By Ron Swanson

I saw this one live at the Chicago Theatre. It was mindblowing.

Leonard Cohen is one of the real deals out there. He was rumored to have done the 2010 tour as a money making venue, but he sure as hell didn’t just stand on his past work. Everyone in the band was great . . . → Read More: Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah, By Ron Swanson

Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen – It’s Been a Long Time, By Ron Swanson

Here is one of the best songs you’ve likely never heard, despite the fame of those involved:

I have long been a huge Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes fan and when this album came out in 1991 I thought it would finally be the vehicle to take SSJ to the top . . . → Read More: Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen – It’s Been a Long Time, By Ron Swanson

Wow and Wow Again – Blue Rodeo – To Love Somebody, By Ron Swanson

I always knew I loved this band.

Wow and wow again.

One more. I love this band. Go here.

– Ron Swanson

My Morning Jacket – Man in Me, By Ron Swanson

I think they really got the spirit of the song right here. The Dude does indeed abide. One of the few movies I’ve watched (and liked) in a long, long time. I’d say something about My Morning Jacket being the only band around today I’d get off the couch to go see, but that’s . . . → Read More: My Morning Jacket – Man in Me, By Ron Swanson

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Winterlong, By Ron Swanson

Here’s one of Crazy Horse’s finest moments. No clue why it cuts off, but who knew those guys could do harmony?

– Ron Swanson

The Band – The Weight Live at the Juno Awards 1989, By Ron Swanson

["For the induction of The Band into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson (backed by Blue Rodeo) perform "The Weight" at Canada's Juno Awards (March 12, 1989)." - From the Youtube description.]

This is new to me. I guess Levon was out of the country for this . . . → Read More: The Band – The Weight Live at the Juno Awards 1989, By Ron Swanson

Van Morrison – Into the Mystic – Wavelength, By Ron Swanson

Getting My First Listen‏

To Van’s Live album from 1974.

But now I see a link to Wavelength.- Live.

Damn, I loved/still love that one.

But hey, “We gaze out on.”

– Ron Swanson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea-V5SJX1h0

Keith Richards and Friends – Wild Horses, By Ron Swanson

Why was this not covered more widely‏? Or did I just miss it at the time?

– Ron Swanson

Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes of the Brokenhearted – A Perfect Song, By Ron Swanson

This, I think, would have to qualify as one of those elusive “perfect records,” at least insomuch as many have tried to make it better and I don’t think anyone has.

I first heard this song on the jukebox at Loree’s Restaurant, which used to be on the corner of Foster and Sawyer in . . . → Read More: Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes of the Brokenhearted – A Perfect Song, By Ron Swanson

Dada – Moon, By Ron Swanson

Let’s talk about Dada. Best known for “Dizz Knee Land,” their album Puzzle is really quite good. The song “Dim” is first rate (reminds me a bit of Flake – whatever happened to them?) and I go back to “Moon” from time to time as the perfect song for certain moods…

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