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Juliana Hatfield – songwriter from Boston’s south shore

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Juliana Hatfield - Beautiful Creatures (cover)

I’ve liked Juliana Hatfield’s music since I first stumbled on it in the early 90’s in the form of her most popular song, “My Sister” from the Become What You Are CD. I’ve tried to keep up with her releases over the years, and of them I think Beautiful Creatures is my favorite. She has the ability to rock flat out, but this set of very listenable songs has more of a pop sensibility. Mostly, anyway; at least one track owes a debt to the early 70’s edition of the Stones. The songs are well crafted, with memorable hooks and lyrics that keep you interested. One of my favorite tracks is “Until Tomorrow,” which was written after (and about) Jeff Buckley’s death. This CD didn’t get as much attention as perhaps it deserved when it came out in 2000; it was released at the same time as a more rock CD by a band she called Juliana’s Pony – Total System Failure. But BC is the better CD, by far.


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June 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Posted in music, pop, rock, songwriter

Bill Morrissey – acclaimed folk songwriter from New Hampshire

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Bill Morrisey -Standing Eight

If you are a songwriter with folk tastes and you haven’t heard Bill Morrissey’s 1989 release Standing Eight, find a way to do so. Once you get past Bill’s odd singing voice and his phrasing, which do (thankfully) grow on you after a bit, you have an amazing collection of songs by one of the more gifted living songwriters in New England. They run the gamut from comical to downright morose – but they’re mostly very memorable. When I was with The Black Finks, I used to cover “She’s That Kind of Mystery.”

Here’s a clip of Bill playing the opening track Handsome Molly live.

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June 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

Posted in folk, music, songwriter

John Coltrane’s best? Well, it’s up there

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The cover of "Crescent"

I think all things considered, Crescent is my favorite Coltrane album. But it isn’t an easy choice. A Love Supreme came out the same year – 1964 – and is far more famous. But this one is more instantly accessible. There is a moody tone good for brooding, or perhaps a long train ride. The melody lines are memorable, and whenever I have random Coltrane floating through my head, it’s as likely to be from this album as from almost any other. Other great Coltrane albums to explore: Live at Birdland, Ballads, Giant Steps, Blue Train, and (if you’re feeling adventurous) Live at the Village Vanguard. And of course if you haven’t heard it already, pick up Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, for which Coltrane was part of the band. Here’s the title track.

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June 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

Posted in jazz, music

Music news

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Welcome to my blog and gig calendar. I plan to talk about music here, and I hope you’ll comment on whatever topics come this way.

I will also make note of all my upcoming gigs. (see the sidebar for all my bookings).

I suppose this is a good place to make note of my two bands. They are Keltish (celtic folk/rock band with lots of energy) and Broken Horse/Neil Young Tribute (exactly what you think it is). I love both groups! And in both I’m playing lead guitar and keyboards.

I also on occasion will record my own songs and post them here as well.

My next gig is with the Neil Young Tribute Broken Horse on Friday July 9 at Bangkok Blues in Falls Church (see gig link in the sidebar). We’ll play electric music from 10 PM to 1:30 AM. I don’t have a video of the current electric band, but I’ll play lead guitar on it, so here’s a video of me playing lead guitar with the acoustic band, instead. But it’s the ELECTRIC rock version of the band playing at Bangkok Blues.

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June 27, 2011 at 9:54 am