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Pittsburgh Blues Festival 2016: Wholesome Headliners?

Saturday, 01 August 2015 09:15 AM Written by

Buddy Guy's language during his performance at last week's Pittsburgh Blues Festival seems to have upset a few people. Festival Chairman Ron "Moondog" Esser was so scandalized he intends to insert a clause in next year's contract about language. No word whether he intends to specify "acceptable" cussing ("heck," "gosh-darn," "golly gee whiz," "oh, fudge," "freaking," "fiddlesticks," etc.)  as opposed to "unacceptable" language ("hell," "damn," "barnyard epithets," SOB, and anything above and beyond).

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Buddy Emmons, Pedal Steel Virtuoso, Dies at 78

Friday, 31 July 2015 01:10 PM Written by

Country instrumentalists are too often taken for granted. Nonetheless, Buddy Gene Emmons stood out in part because his pedal steel guitar virtuosity embraced country, jazz and even rock. He died Wednesday at his home near Nashville at 78. He'd retired from music after the death of wife Peggy in 2007.

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For Luke Bryan: Outlaw Country 101

Thursday, 30 July 2015 07:37 AM Written by

 

Luke Bryan stepped in it earlier this month. In an interview with Hits Daily Double, he went through a decent list of questions. Then, the interviewer mentioned the energy of "the form." Actually, he violated a bit of longstanding and unwritten Nashville etiquette, the rule that reads "thou shalt not speak ill of another artist," an edict in effect for well over half a century. Those who do so usually hear about it, even when they're right. You may have seen what I said to Scott Mervis in his  PG preview piece today. I think a bit more needs to be said.

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A review of the box set "The Complete Fantasy Recordings: 1973-1977"

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There's another side to actor Theodore Bikel, who died this week at 91. He made the role of Teyve on Fiddler On The Roof, but Bikel was also a very well-known folksinger who did some early releases on the legendary Elektra label, long before it became known as a rock label.  And that's not all he saw and did.

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Buddy Guy, Blues Master-The First Decade: 1958-1969

Thursday, 23 July 2015 07:51 AM Written by

Buddy Guy will headline the Pittsburgh Blues Festival at Hartwood this Saturday night, a wonderful thing since the blues master's stature makes him, as characterized in Scott Mervis's PG article today, the true Last Man Standing of the early blues singer-guitar greats.  His membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2012 Kennedy Center Honors speak for themselves, as does his staggering impact on rock and blues guitarists spanning multiple generations. Eric Clapton's original concept of Cream was based on the blues trio format (guitar-bass-drums) Guy had used.

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Jeff Healey's Jazz & Swing World: PG Music Podcast

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:36 AM Written by

A sampler of the late guitarist Jeff Healey's forays into vintage jazz, blues, pop and swing.

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Pittsburgh TV News: Channel 11 In 1962

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:37 AM Written by

In the ongoing debates about the quality of local TV news, whether straight talk is the way to go, or kidding around and bantering benefits the presentation, it's easy to wonder what TV news in Pittsburgh used to be like. 

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