The Sheepdogs “The Way It Is” (2012)

Many of the longest and closest friendships of my life derive directly from the softball teams I played on in my just-post-college years, particularly the legendary Polera’s Demolition Crew, winners of back-to-back (and belly-to-belly) league championships and continuous crusher of our arch-rival, Ted’s Auto Body. So I’m dedicating this post – for reasons that will … More The Sheepdogs “The Way It Is” (2012)

Gatemouth Brown “Born In Louisiana” (1989)

Sunday, May 5th at 7:00PM CST another New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival came to an end at the Fair Grounds racetrack. Over 8 days and across 2 weekends, for attendees numbering around 475,000, a lineup of 688 acts performed – and notwithstanding the presence of some of the biggest names in music, roughly 600 of … More Gatemouth Brown “Born In Louisiana” (1989)

Whitey Morgan & The 78’s “Waitin’ ‘Round To Die” (2015)

One of my favorite regular reads is “Saving Country Music” penned with an acerbic wit and what can only be described as righteous indignation by a dude named Kyle Coroneos, aka “Trigger”, with whom I agree on just about everything he writes in defending his self-imposed, virtuous cause. Some time ago, in regard to the … More Whitey Morgan & The 78’s “Waitin’ ‘Round To Die” (2015)

J. Geils Band “(Ain’t Nothin’ But A) House Party” (1973)

Not that long ago the rock world lost a great, a guy whose name everyone knows, but I’m not sure whether everyone knows he was that name. Huh? John Warren Geils Jr., better known professionally as J. Geils, was, of course, the namesake for the long-time blues/rock powerhouse, the J. Geils Band, the group he … More J. Geils Band “(Ain’t Nothin’ But A) House Party” (1973)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “Wake Up Everybody” (1975)

For starters, fuck Harold Melvin. There actually was a Harold Melvin in the Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes band, the founder and very briefly the lead singer when they were unknowns just starting out. But everyone knows it was the incomparable Teddy Pendergrass who put them on the map after joining (originally as the … More Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “Wake Up Everybody” (1975)