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Primal Scream

Posted on Feb 17, 2020 in 80s, 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Dance, Electronic, Indie, Psychedelic

Primal Scream’s career could in many ways be read as a microcosm of British indie rock in the ’80s and ’90s. Bobby Gillespie formed the band in the mid-’80s while drumming for noise-pop pioneers the Jesus and Mary Chain. Primal Scream pursued a different kind of indie pop — one that was sweet and jangly, not dark and menacing…

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Ernie K-Doe

Posted on Feb 13, 2020 in 60s, Northern Soul, Rhythm & Blues

Ernie K-Doe scored one of the biggest hits in the history of New Orleans R&B with “Mother-in-Law,” a humorous lament that struck a chord with listeners of all stripes on its way to the top of both the pop and R&B charts in 1961. The song proved to be K-Doe’s only major success, despite several more minor hits that were equally infectious, yet he remained one of New Orleans’ most inimitable personalities…

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Robin and Barry Dransfield

Posted on Feb 9, 2020 in COUNTRY/FOLK, Traditional Folk

England’s folk music scene was enlivened in the 1970s by acoustic guitarist Robin Dransfield and his younger brother, Barry, on fiddle. Their bluegrass-style vocal harmonies, which they dubbed “country and northeastern,” are still recalled fondly… As a duo, Robin & Barry Dransfield built their early following at the Harrogate Folk Club…

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Brian May

Posted on Feb 5, 2020 in 90s, ROCK/POP

Few rock guitarists possess a playing style as instantly recognizable as Queen’s Brian May. With his orchestrated guitar armies (multi-tracked guitar lines overdubbed on top of each other) and instantly memorable, well-constructed melodic leads, May is in a class all by himself. Born in July 1947, May showed an interest in music at a very early age — learning to play the ukulele and piano before receiving his first guitar as a present on his seventh birthday…

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Benny Spellman

Posted on Feb 1, 2020 in 60s, Northern Soul, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

The deep bass voice of New Orleans R&B vocalist Benny Spellman boomed through loud and clear on many early-’60s Allen Toussaint productions, but he enjoyed a major hit of his own in 1962, “Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette).” Spellman spent some time with Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns before signing with Minit…

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The Lucid Dream

Posted on Jan 28, 2020 in ALTERNATIVE, Contemporary, Indie, Psychedelic

The Lucid Dream have been perfecting their own distinct recipe since their first EP in 2010 involving ingredients like garage noir, shoegaze, German kosmische/space rock, pre and post-NYC no-wave noise…the result is a pretty badass, cohesive modern psych noir sound…

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Linda Ronstadt

Posted on Jan 23, 2020 in 70s, Country Rock, ROCK/POP

With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive singers of the ’70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the ’70s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as she moved into the ’80s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave influences…

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Billy Lee Riley

Posted on Jan 17, 2020 in 50s, Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly

Billy Lee Riley was a rockabilly singer and multi-instrumentalist. An alumnus of Sun Records, he was one of the most crazed, unabashed rockers that label had to offer — in the company of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Sonny Burgess, that’s saying a lot. Proficient at harmonica, guitar, bass, and drums, Riley contributed as a sideman to many a classic Sun session…

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Trisha Yearwood

Posted on Jan 12, 2020 in 90s, Country, COUNTRY/FOLK

By many measures, Trisha Yearwood was the biggest new female country star of the early ’90s, recording a string of Top Ten hits that ran from 1991 to 2001. She landed a number one hit right out of the gate with “She’s in Love with the Boy,” a breezy, sweet single that established her sweet spot: tuneful, mellow country-pop…

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Mike Stern

Posted on Jan 7, 2020 in 80s, Fusion, Instrumental, JAZZ

Recognized as one of the finest electric guitarists among his peers, Mike Stern was only 22 when he joined Blood, Sweat & Tears, with whom he played for three years before signing on with Billy Cobham’s jazz fusion outfit, which led to Stern’s big breakthrough when Miles Davis enlisted him as guitarist in 1981…

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