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Scotty Moore and Elvis Presley are names forever joined in history, Scotty, Elvis's first guitarist, died yesterday at 84 in Nashville, where he'd resided for over half a century. From Presley's first Sun recordings in July 1954, until the singer entered the Army in 1958, and for a brief time after his 1960 discharge, Scotty's bopping, snarling and slashing guitar framed Elvis's vocals on everything from "That's All Right (Mama)" to "Hard Headed Woman" (from King Creole).

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Dolly Parton: Pure, Simple And Full Circle

Monday, 27 June 2016 06:22 AM Written by

 

Dolly Parton's "Pure And Simple" tour hits Pittsburgh tomorrow at Console Energy Center. One of the selling points is her celebrating her simpler and traditional roots, performing with a bare-bones band, free of the overblown visual light shows, smoke bombs and other BS contemporary "country" acts embrace. 

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Given the choice of having a pig or a banjo, in 1928, 11 years old Ralph Edmund Stanley chose the banjo. American Music was better for it. His passing after a battle with skin cancer wasn't unexpected. His grandson Nathan passed the word on social media some weeks ago. Known for his superb five-string banjo work and eerie, haunting vocals, he was the one of the last major first-generation bluegrass bandleaders still standing. His passing last night at age 89 leaves a permanent void.  The survivors are Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman and Bobby Osborne.

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My review of the new 3-CD, 1 DVD package Highwaymen Live: American Outlaws, live material from 1990 and 1992-93 by the first country "supergroup" (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson).

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Seven-string jazz guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli, 90, who suffered a stroke in late October, was seen in a couple of Facebook postings earlier this year with his grandchildren and, in late April, with his son, singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli. Information about his status had been difficult, if not impossible, to come by except that he was working to recover.  Hospitalized nearly two months and also battling pneumonia, he had missed his annual birthday celebration at Manhattan's 92
nd Street Y. 

Sunday evening, Father's Day, he did a make-up date of sorts.

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The highly publicized trial pitting the estate of Randy Wolfe (better known as "Randy California" from the 60's rock band Spirit) against Led Zeppelin over the rather obvious resemblance of a distinctive chord progression California's composition "Taurus" and the equally distinctive riff in Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" has made for an interesting trial. It's been marked by arguments over the long history of descending chord progressions.

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Only once did the father of jazz and the father of modern country music meet and it was but one song, but a memorable one.

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 My review of Kris Kristofferson's "The Cedar Creek Sessions," being released before his 80th birthday June 22nd.  Kristofferson has been announce as the latest recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, given by the Woody Guthrie Center to performers who stand up for the less fortunate and for social change.

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