Rich Kienzle

Rich Kienzle

 

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 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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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

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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Pizzarelli-McCartney

John Pizzarelli, who self-released Mercer Street, a 2-CD live album of Johnny Mercer favorites earlier this year, has a new album coming September 11 on Telarc, . Midnight McCartney, produced by Pizzarelli and his wife, singer-actress Jessica Molaskey, is a 12-song exploration of the post-Beatles repertoire of McCartney, who suggested he do the album.

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Country Music Hall of Famers for 2015

Friday, 17 July 2015 08:38

 

The 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame 2015 inductees are Jim Ed Brown and the Browns, Grady Martin and the Oak Ridge Boys.

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negri-mercer omni

Joe Negri's second show in his jazz series at the Omni William Penn's Terrace Room is set for July 23 from 6 to 8 PM. Call 412-553-5235.

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Billy Zoom, X’s longtime lead guitarist and one of the legendary LA punk band’s co-founders, is being treated for an aggressive form of bladder cancer.

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Some people called the Spoonful "electric jug band" music when they first emerged, and with good reason. A few years earlier Sebastian (calling himself "John Benson," his middle name), was a member of a short-lived Greenwich Village folk group known as the Even Dozen Jug Band with singer-fiddler Maria D'Amato (the future Maria Muldaur) and Steve Katz, later of the Blues Project and the original Blood, Sweat & Tears. One of the songs on the Jug Band's 1964 Elektra album (recorded the previous year) was "On The Road Again," a tune by black performer Will Shade & The Memphis Jug Band. Sebastian plays harmonica.

  The Spoonful reprised "Road" on the Magic album, retaining the Even Dozen guitar riff and arrangement. Zal Yanovsky did the lead vocal. The difference between the two versions? Not a lot. It's just amplified with a Chuck Berry rhythm.

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Bill Maher: Not Real Time, Back In Time

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:50

 For all his years of political comedy and talk shows, Real Time's Bill Maher had a far broader background.

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