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Homer & Jethro

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Country, COUNTRY/FOLK, Humour

Known as “the thinking man’s hillbillies,” Homer Haynes and Jethro Burns got a lot of mileage out of an act that shouldn’t have lasted or gone as far as it did, at least on the surface of things. Certainly there were other, far more established duos mining similar turf on the country music circuit, with Lonzo & Oscar leading the way. But Homer & Jethro were far more than just two hayseeds doing cornball send-ups of pop tunes…

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Posted on May 24, 2020 in 70s, Prog Rock, ROCK/POP

Genesis started life as a progressive rock band, in the manner of Yes and King Crimson, before a series of membership changes brought about a transformation in their sound, into one of the most successful pop/rock bands of the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, the group has provided a launching pad for the superstardom of members Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins…

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Rod Paterson

Posted on May 21, 2020 in Traditional Folk

Widely recognised as the foremost male traditional singer in Scotland, Rod has been involved with stage productions and has featured on many radio and TV productions … he was a founder member of one of Scotland’s most influential and respected traditional bands, ‘Jock Tamson’s Bairns’. Alongside his many recordings including those with ‘Jock Tamson’s Bairns’ and ‘The Easy Club’, Rod has made 3 solo albums and is a renowned interpreter of Burns…

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Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

Posted on May 18, 2020 in 60s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP

Kidd (b. Frederick Heath, 23 December 1939, Willesden, London, England, d. 7 October 1966, England), is now rightly revered as an influential figure in the birth of British rock. Although his backing group fluctuated, this enigmatic figure presided over several seminal pre- Beatles releases. Formed in January 1959, the original line-up consisted of two former members of the Five Nutters skiffle group…

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The Dream Syndicate

Posted on May 15, 2020 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Psychedelic

One of the most celebrated bands to come out of the Los Angeles “Paisley Underground” scene of the ’80s, the Dream Syndicate were different than most of their peers. While bands such as the Rain Parade and the Three O’Clock owed a debt to psychedelia, and the Long Ryders and Green on Red were informed in different ways by roots rock, the Dream Syndicate clearly adored the intricate wordplay and edgy energy of Highway 61 Revisited-era Bob Dylan…

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Jethro Burns

Posted on May 12, 2020 in Country, COUNTRY/FOLK, Instrumental

As the mandolinist in the classic country comedy duo Homer & Jethro, Kenneth Burns was one of the finest instrumentalists of his generation, yet many people never realized that fact. Behind the country hayseed garb, the hick patter, and the outrageous parodies of popular songs, “Jethro” Burns and guitarist Henry “Homer” Haynes were expert jazz musicians…

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Posted on May 9, 2020 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental

Some have described Jandek as the sort of musician who was destined to be a cult phenomenon, though it’s quite remarkable that he’s managed to attract any following at all. Jandek isn’t an artist who has covered his tracks so much as he’s struggled to avoid leaving any — he releases his own albums, he only sells them by mail order, he doesn’t talk to the press, he doesn’t sit for photographs, and the rare few who’ve communicated with him can’t even get him to admit he is Jandek…

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Ewan MacColl

Posted on May 6, 2020 in COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter, Traditional Folk

Ewan MacColl may well have been the most influential person in the British folk song revival. From his early manhood until his death in 1989, he remained passionately committed to folk, though not exclusively; he was also a poet, playwright, organizer, activist, songwriter, husband, and father…

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18 Wheeler

Posted on May 3, 2020 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Scotland’s 18 Wheeler was an overlooked and often critically bashed alternative pop/rock band. Formed by Sean Jackson (vocals, guitar), David Keenan (guitar, vocals), Alan Hake (bass), and Neil Halliday (drums) in the early ’90s, 18 Wheeler shared their compatriots Teenage Fanclub’s affection for Big Star’s immaculate guitar pop, as well as the country-rock of Gram Parsons and the golden harmonies of the Beach Boys…

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Shirley & Lee

Posted on Apr 30, 2020 in 50s, Rhythm & Blues

Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee, born just ten days apart in 1936, scored three massive R&B hits before either one of them were both 20 years old: “Feel So Good,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” and “I Feel Good” were all written by the talented young couple. They had one trait in common among their recordings; this New Orleans-based duo almost never sang in harmony, let alone together at all…

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