2011

The Civil Wars

13/4/17 – The Civil Wars – Poison And Wine – 2011

Whilst we are on the subject of harmony duos, one of my favourites in recent years were The Civil Wars. Classed as Alt Country and unfortunately delivering the pain of that genre into real life, it seems their intertwining harmonies were closer than their relationship and after two studio albums they broke up in 2014 […]

Buddy Greco the-lady-is-a-tramp

19/1/17 – Buddy Greco – August 14 1926 – January 10 2017 – Pre Dylan Lyricists /The Lady Is A Tramp – Tommy Dorsey Featuring Edythe Wright – 1937 / Sophie Tucker – 1937 / Lena Horne – 1948 / Ella Fitzgerald – 1956 / Pat Suzuki – 1958 / Frank Sinatra – 1958/1965 / Buddy Greco – 1960 / Shirley Bassey – 1966 / Diana Ross And The Supremes – 1968 / Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – 2011

Who were the great lyricists before Dylan? Well, from the fifties into the sixties you would probably say the men that wrote the words for the musicals, writers like Lorenz Hart. Hart wrote the lyrics for The Lady Is A Tramp and My Funny Valentine and was Richard Rodgers partner till alcoholism (Hart died tragically of […]

Paul Kantner B:W sixties sunglasses and cigarette

29/1/16 – Paul Kantner – March 17th 1941 – January 28th 2016 / Jefferson Airplane – Today – 1967

In 2006 I was asked to perform at Rickenbacker Guitar’s 75th Anniversary celebration. The main event was at the House of Blues in Los Angeles with many artists performing, including the late Chris Squire, The Minus Five featuring Peter Buck, Susannah Hoffs and Matthew Sweet, The Smithereens, Billy Hinsche from Dino, Desi and Billy as […]

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6/3/15 – Rumer – Slow – Jools Holland’s Later – 2011/ Live At Kägelbanan, Södra Teatern – Stockholm – 2015 / Seasons Of My Soul – 2010 / Boys Don’t Cry – 2012 / Into Colour – 2014

Rumer aka Sarah Joyce is an English singer born in Islamabad, Pakistan with a soft croon most reminiscent of Karen Carpenter. I saw her last night in Stockholm sing to an audience that understood or rather craved her influences, Bacharach, Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro and as she sang songs by Jimmy Webb and Todd […]