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Joe Negri Plays Pittsburgh Jazz Standards, 2014

Monday, 17 November 2014 06:28 AM Written by


On October 11, 2014 Joe Negri and his Quartet performed at the Oakland Forever festival. Among the tunes were compositions by two of Pittsburgh's best known jazz musicians: Earl "Fatha" Hines and Billy Strayhorn. The musicians were his regular group: pianist Max Leake, bassist Tony DiPaolis, bass and drummer Tom Wendt, drums.

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George Jones, Legendary Singer, Pretty Fair Guitarist

Friday, 14 November 2014 02:50 PM Written by

Everyone knows George Jones is considered by many the greatest country singer of all time, up there with his heroes Hank Williams, Sr., Roy Acuff and Lefty Frizzell. That was the case for over 40 years before he died in 2013 at age 81.  In my research for my Jones biography, however, I discovered another side of the musician seldom noted or heard: his skill as a guitar flatpicker.

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The Army's 'Country Style USA,' Hosted By Four Veterans

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:23 AM Written by

There was a Cold War in the late 1950's but not a hot one. The US Army was being supplied with new recruits thanks to the Draft and enlistments. They did their share of radio and TV ads in those days, and this special production to reach younger country fans looking for a career change. From 1957-1960 the Army produced 52 filmed episodes of Country Style U.S.A., made available to local stations from 1957 to 1960.

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This week's "Believe Your Ears" Music Podcast reviews Eclectic by guitarists Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, released last week.

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Thoughts On The CMA Awards (I Didn't Watch)

Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:45 AM Written by


2014 CMA Awards - Arri5

The new Mr. & Ms. Country Music: Blake and Miranda  Evan Agostini/ Invision/AP

Nice to see a few contemporary country who didn't forget the "country" aspects won at the CMA Awards. As usual, I did not watch. This previous blog entry explains why.

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Two Songs For A Post-Election Hangover

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 06:45 AM Written by

After a midterm election that revealed voters pretty much fed up with everything and everyone, it's worth it to remember this is far from the first time. But there aren't many songs that reflect that, at leat that people remember. Try these two, recorded over 20 years apart, on for size.

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Before Blake: Country's First Tobacco-Chewing Hit

Monday, 03 November 2014 06:39 AM Written by

Blake Shelton's 2013 hit single "Boys 'Round Here" with cameos from Pistol Annies (including wife Miranda Lambert) was a huge hit, not surprisingly.  One of its most memorable lines was one that went "chew tobacco, chew tobacco, chew tobacco--spit."  The single, more of a good timey anthem than any attempt to hit a serious note, is typical of Shelton, who has managed to walk a much smarter line between endless stupid party songs and more serious songs, one reason I consider him among the smartest singers out there today beneath the good ol' boy persona and alligator boots.

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Halloween Songs X 4 (Jazz, Big Band, R&B, Country)

Friday, 31 October 2014 08:36 AM Written by

These four songs pretty much speak for themselves.

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