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Frankie Lee Sims

Posted on Jul 26, 2021 in 50s, BLUES, Country Blues

A traditionalist who was a staunch member of the Texas country blues movement of the late ’40s and early ’50s (along with the likes of his cousin Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lil’ Son Jackson, and Smokey Hogg), guitarist Frankie Lee Sims developed a twangy, ringing electric guitar style that was irresistible on fast numbers and stung hard on the downbeat stuff. Sims picked up a guitar when he was 12 years old…

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Sturgill Simpson

Posted on Jul 22, 2021 in Alt-country, Americana, Bluegrass, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

Formerly the leader of Sunday Valley, an energetic roots outfit that made some waves in the early years of the new millennium, Sturgill Simpson gained greater renown as a solo artist, initially thanks to his muscular 2013 solo debut, High Top Mountain. An outlaw country record in form and feel — its debt to Waylon Jennings clear and unashamed — High Top Mountain became a word-of-mouth hit in 2013, thereby establishing Simpson’s country credentials and opening the door to a wider future…

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Pete Townshend

Posted on Jul 19, 2021 in 80s, ROCK/POP

Pete Townshend was the guitarist and primary songwriter for the Who from 1964 to 1982, also participating in the group’s occasional reunions after its formal breakup. Best-known for his conceptual works, he wrote Tommy and Quadrophenia for the band, as well as the bulk of its other material. He made his first tentative solo album, Who Came First, in 1972. Dedicated to his guru, Meher Baba, it continued themes pursued in Who’s Next…

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Nick Heyward

Posted on Jul 16, 2021 in 80s, New Wave, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter

Nick Heyward (vocals, guitar) left his band Haircut 100 just when they were cruising through the pop charts in the U.K. Instead of destroying his career, the move actually provided him with more artistic credibility. Heyward was born on May 20, 1961, in Beckenham, Kent, England. In 1980, Heyward formed the new wave group Haircut 100. Haircut 100 became as well-known for the preppie outfits they wore as much as MTV bubblegum like “Love Plus One” and “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)…

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Frank Turner

Posted on Jul 12, 2021 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Singer/Songwriter

A former member of punk rock band Million Dead, Frank Turner turned his attention to folkier, acoustic music after the demise of his hardcore outfit. Since that time he has transformed himself into a successful, internationally charting, award-winning singer and songwriter of consequential folk-punk-pop rebel songs (that cover topics like atheism, sexism, excessive drinking, and the power of rock & roll)…

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The Orchids/The Exceptions

Posted on Jul 8, 2021 in 60s, ROCK/POP

The Orchids were a trio of 15-year-old girls from Coventry who went from winning a local talent contest to national television and an international recording career. Georgina Oliver, Pamela Jarman and Valerie Jones won their contest at Coventry’s Orchid Ballroom, thus acquiring their name, and fell right into the managerial arms of Larry Page (renowned for his later work with the Troggs), who played up their youth and innocence. They were signed to English Decca in 1963 and released the first of three British singles that year…

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Th’ Faith Healers

Posted on Jul 4, 2021 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Indie

A hard-to-classify rock band with none of the fashionable influences of the early ’90s — although their Krautrock fixation would go on to become a badge of hipness in the latter half of the decade — Th’ Faith Healers didn’t fit in the U.K. indie scene of their time, but their records hold up much better than those of many of their contemporaries. The Hampstead, England-based quartet consisted of singer Roxanne Stephen, guitarist and second vocalist Tom Cullinan, bassist Ben Hopkin, and drummer Joe Dilworth…

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Steve Forbert

Posted on Jun 30, 2021 in 70s, Americana, Folk Rock, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter

American singer/songwriter Steve Forbert rose to popularity in 1979 thanks to his breakout hit “Romeo’s Tune,” a tuneful slice of Americana-driven rock with a memorable piano melody and a poetic sense of introspection that became one of his hallmarks. When his next two albums failed to make as big a commercial impact, he left New York and set up shop in Nashville, mounting a comeback with 1988’s Streets of This Town, which he followed with a string of albums throughout the ’90s…

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Sleater-Kinney

Posted on Jun 26, 2021 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Like many a great band, Sleater-Kinney inhabited their time so thoroughly it took an extended hiatus to realize the extent of their legacy. In many respects, they were the defining American indie rock band of the second half of the ’90s, the group that harnessed all the upheaval of the alt-rock explosion of the first part of the decade and channeled it into a vigorous mission statement…

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Depeche Mode

Posted on Jun 21, 2021 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Electronic, Indie, New Wave, Synthpop

Originally a product of Britain’s new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electropop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era…

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