Saturday, June 28, 2008

Steely Dan

Tonight’s show is by special request of Big Dan. This band is also one of my favorites.

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met in college in 1967 and began playing in local bands. Later moving to Brooklyn they released their first album in 1972. They toured briefly but soon retired to working only in the studio accompanied by a host of studio musicians. With six album releases in the ‘70s they broke up in the ‘80s but reformed in the ‘90s and began touring again.

Their blend of jazz, rock and pop sound equally well today as when they first hit the airwaves.

I’ll open tonight with a look had how they mold their music in the studio with a breakdown of their hit song Peg. Finally, I’ve left you a little piece of eye candy for your enjoyment at the end.

Enough from me, I’ll let these ladies tell you what it’s all about:

Steely Dan Website

2008 Tour



Internet Resource

Direct links to the individual videos:

The Steely Dan Show

The Making Of Peg


Kid Charlemagne

My Old School

Cousin Dupree



Black Cow

Babylon Sister

Haitian Divorce

Hey Nineteen

Bad Sneakers

Janie Runaway and Josie

Home at Last

Cubano Chant - introduction


Things I Miss the Most

Parker's Band

Do it Again

Rikki Don't Lose That Number

Reelin' In The Years

Slang of Ages

Green earrings

Don't take me alive

The Caves of Altamira

Time Out of Mind

Black Friday

Glamour Profession

Everyone's Gone To The Movies

Green Flower Street

Jack of Speed

Wet Side Story

My Waterloo

Midnight Cruiser

East St Louis Toodle-OO


Do It Again – Reprise


Saturday, June 14, 2008

Phish The Bluegrass Sessions

Perhaps the Youtube poster says it best:
This has already been called the "Holy Grail" of Phish Videos.
The Rev. Jeff Mosier (Blueground Undergrass) was contracted by Phish in the Fall of 1994, to help them learn Bluegrass. They flew him to Michigan and Gordon picked him up in a limo, and they had their first lesson on 11-14-94, same night as Grand Rapids.

Phish - The Bluegrass Sessions

Phish Official Website


Friday, June 6, 2008

Seasick Steve

Although his styling may be rather one dimensional, this guy can really lay it down.
I first became aware of him when I was putting together the Green Man Festival video in the post before this one.

Master of bayou-boogie-hobo-blues, he uses whatever he can find to deliver his message. His instruments range from an electric guitar with only three strings and the pickup duct taped, to a couple of tin cans, a van door handle, Christmas decorations and one string mounted on a 2x4. Not much to work with, but he can sure make them sing.

Headed for the Royal Albert Hall October 1st, he brings audiences stories of life on the down-side with a pounding beat from his Mississippi Drum Machine – a wooden box with a Mississippi license plate on the front.

This evening I’ll start you off with a short interview followed by a collection of his performances. Closing things out is an 18 minute movie and an encore to wrap it up.

Tonight I invite you to an evening with SEASICK STEVE!

Seasick Steve’s Website



Seasick Steve on Streaming Radio

Hobo-low Forum

An interview

Direct links to the individual videos:

A brief interview

Doghouse Boogie

Cut My Wings

Save Me - on the 1 string diddley bo’


Hobo Low

It’s All Good

Things Go Up

My Donny

My Dog/One True

Save Me


Fallen Off a Rock

Last Po’man


Walking Man pt.1

Salem Blues

A Long Way From Home Movie pt. 1

A Long Way From Home Movie pt. 2.

Encore – Doghouse Boogie reprise

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Green Man Festival

Yesterday, when I opened my email, I found a letter from Mirjam in the U.K.
Mirjam is involved in a music festival called The Green Man Festival to be held this August 15th - 17th in the Glanusk Park Estate near Crickhowell in Powys, Mid Wales.

Getting older, I look at the festival band lists and find I know few of the bands. This festival has three names that stand out to me - perhaps the biggest is Pentangle who have reformed with all the original artists for this show and a concert tour. Richard Thompson is also on top of my list and the Drive-by Truckers are pretty darn good too.

As for the bands I don't know, Mirjam and her cohorts have solved that problem too. There is a radio player at the website with selections from what seems to be all of the artists.

Having seen the Vault, Mirjam has invited me to the show and asked that I spread the word about it.

Unfortunately, due to the melting of the polar ice shield, my only possible land route is blocked and I won't be able to attend.

However, in spreading the word, I invite all my listeners to check out the Green Man Festival website and be sure to go to the show and report back to me if you have the means.

The really cool thing at their site is that you can post a video of your favorite band or your own band, and then people can vote on the bands. Those with the most votes will be added to the show.

So go LISTEN at the Green Man Radio Player.
Sign up a BAND
And go VOTE
(To vote you must REGISTER - 30 seconds tops, plus a chance to win tickets)

Greenman Festivals Past

Thanks Mirjam!