November 12, 2013
Rollingstone.com premiered an audio clip (from Peter’s 1970 interview with Muddy Waters) that will be included in the enhanced e-book edition of Feel Like Going Home.
Lost Highway and Feel like Going Home will be released in this enhanced format in December.. more details here.
October 29, 2013
Roland, Robert and me
I really loved Roland.
But then so did everyone else who really knew him.
I could try to be clever and say it was for his virtuosity (Roland, a master of mischievous word play, would undoubtedly frown on that), because he was indeed a brilliant guitarist, who provided all those carefully calibrated, arrestingly spontaneous solos and rhythm patterns on so many of the Sun Records classics.
But that, of course, is not what I am speaking of here.
I’m speaking, really, of a virtuosity of spirit, which no one who ever encountered the man could miss. A virtuosity – a generosity of soul that is universally praised, often sought after, but rarely attained. And in Roland’s case, like his guitar playing, it was achieved without visible
October 02, 2013
That was the original title that Sharyn Felder gave to the documentary she wanted to make about her father, the legendary songwriter Doc Pomus. The 10-minute trailer that she made consisted of brief snippets of conversation with some of the people he loved, worked with, and influenced: Lou Reed, Little Jimmy Scott, B.B. King, and Doctor John. It could just as easily have included conversations with dozens more – because, as Jerry Wexler frequently said, Doc was the heart and soul, the
August 29, 2013
Colin and I would certainly have been friends even if we hadn’t had Howlin’ Wolf to bring us together. From the time we first met, we had so much to share. But as Sam Phillips always pointed out, there’s something uniquely spiritual about music – and there’s something uniquely spiritual about Colin. Listen to his solo albums. Listen to the records he’s produced. Listen to all those wonderful Blackie and the Rodeo Kings albums. Go out and hear him in person, whether he’s playing the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Nashville or on the road with Bob Dylan. Or check him out on the television show, Nashville, both for his cameo appearances and the music that he consistently contributes to the show. Colin always has something soulful to say. Howlin’ Wolf charged him with bringing everything he had to offer, all of his feeling and all of his humanity, to the music, and he has. So much of that feeling comes through in what he has written here about the Wolf – and about himself. Not to mention the picture that his mom took, which has traveled around with him in his wallet all these years.— PG
Meeting Howlin’ Wolf
By Colin Linden
Howlin’ Wolf was already 61 years old and an undeniable legend in the world of music when I first met him. I was an 11-year-old fat, white kid living in Toronto. But I felt, and still feel, that we forged a genuine bond
July 30, 2013
It’s hard to believe Sam died ten years ago.
For me it’s even harder. Because I speak to him every day.
Well, not literally – not exactly. But I am so
July 09, 2013
A report from the West Coast by Joe McEwen
Singer Sonny Green is the show tonight. He’s the focus and driving wheel behind the buoyant energy flowing through La Louisianne, a Los