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Willie Nelson Salutes Ray Price: PG Music Podcast

Thursday, 29 September 2016 03:21 PM Written by

 My review of Willie Nelson's just-released "For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price."

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Louisiana Class: Buckwheat Zydeco's Legacy

Monday, 26 September 2016 09:24 AM Written by


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Stanley Dural, Jr.. aka "Buckwheat Zydeco," died Saturday of lung cancer at age 68. Like so many Louisiana musicians before him, from Louis Armstrong and Guitar Slim to Dr. John and the Neville Brothers helped burn that region's music into the world's DNA. Over three decades, and began in his days as a Funk keyboard player, the Grammy-winner, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana took the hybrid Creole style of Zydeco (blending Cajun, R&B, blues and country) from regional and national popularity to the world beyond.

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John D. Loudermilk: American Songwriter

Friday, 23 September 2016 09:42 AM Written by


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A post-RCA Victor LP for Warner Brothers

John D. Loudermilk was truly a Great American songwriter, albeit one whose songs were known to the public but whose name was not. The 82 year old died Wednesday at his Tennessee home of bone cancer. While many who knew him associated him with country music, and both hard country and country-pop singers recording his songs, the videos reveal they transcended any specific genre. 

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 My review of 82 year old blues singer Bobby Rush's new album "Porcupine Meat" with guest guitarists

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Late last month, PG columnist Brian O' Neill wrote about helping to pack the vintage photo files still residing in the old PG building on the Boulevard of the Allies. One of the questions he asked as he worked through the alphabetized file was "Ziggy Elman – who's he?" Saturday evening, Brian visited to WESA's Rhythm, Sweet and Hot, the long-running Big Band show hosted by Mike Plaskett and Dale Abraham, both deeply versed in both the hot swing and sweet bands from the 20's into the 50's. The hosts educated Brian on the artistry of Ziggy Elman.

If you missed RS&H and wonder who Brian was referring to, here goes. Ziggy Elman (1911-1968) was one of the most fiery, blistering trumpeters of the Swing Era, who brilliantly incorporated his Jewish heritage into his music.

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"Five O' Clock World" was an anthem when the Vogues' 1965 hit recording reached # 4 on the Billboard pop charts early in 1966. It enjoyed a revival when it was heard on the Good Morning, Vietnam Soundtrack and as the Season Two theme of The Drew Carey Show. The Pittsburgh connection is a given for both the group and the record company (Co & Ce).  What wasn't widely known was the song's connection to Nashville, home of the song's composer and the musicians heard behind the vocals.

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The album, the Nashville western swing band's second for Rounder, offers 14 songs (old and new) and honors their late vocalist Dawn Sears, who died in 2014.

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