Archive: Legends

Local author Eddie Dean reflects on his favorite performances from bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley

This fall, esteemed local music journalist Eddie Dean teamed up with bluegrass giant Ralph Stanley to release Stanley's autobiography "Man of Constant Sorrow." Co-authored by Dean, the book follows Stanley on his journey from his Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, through his legendary run with the Stanley Brothers, to his...

By Chris Richards | December 11, 2009; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

Public Enemy to perform on flatbed truck

If Flava Flav jumps like this while on a moving flatbed truck, will he land on the truck or on the street? (We were bad at science.) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FWTP) It will take a traffic jam of millions to hold them back: Tomorrow night, hip-hip icons Public Enemy will...

By Chris Richards | November 17, 2009; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Van Morrison: Live Last Night

By Dave McKenna The Van Morrison who showed up at Constitution Hall on Thursday clearly views himself as an artist, not an entertainer. So anybody wanting to hear Van Morrison smash hits would have had more success finding a good jukebox or hitting an open mike night at the...

By David Malitz | August 7, 2009; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (17)

Live Last Night: Gomez

Gomez trusts its audience. The veteran but still cultish British pop band spent much of its Sunday set at the 9:30 club ignoring its sure things, and instead offered up several songs from its sixth CD, "A New Tide," a record that won't even be released in the U.S....

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 30, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

RIP Piedmont Bluesman John Cephas

The Foggy Bottom-born blues guitarist and singer from the W.C. Handy Award-winning duo Cephas and Wiggins died of natural causes yesterday at the age of 78. The AP obit is here. Cephas was a big deal in the blues world -- one of the very last exponents of true, traditional...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 5, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tom Jones and a Tiny Desk

NPR's Bob Boilen, the one-and-only Tom Jones, with Brian Monroney in the background. (©2009 NPR/Christopher Toothman) To spend all day on the Internet is to quite often mumble to yourself, "Man, I wish I thought of that." But NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts elicits more than a mumble; it gets a...

By David Malitz | March 2, 2009; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night: Kris Kristofferson

Some 40 years have passed since Kris Kristofferson helped bring the sentiments of the '60s to Nashville, but he's still a rebel. His hair has turned silver, his bones have gotten a little stiff, and his voice has gone from gruff to, well, positively gravely, but his politics haven't...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 1, 2009; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Kinks - The Most Underrated Revered Band Ever?

On Monday night, I saw Ray Davies at the 9:30 club and it was fantastic. A proper review saying as much should have been in the paper today, but because you cheapskates keep canceling your subscriptions and the actual paper keeps shrinking, creating a space crunch, it got cut. (Or...

By David Malitz | December 10, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (14)

Don't Go There: Rules Of The Road Vol. 6

Another entry on our list of things artists should never, ever do on a concert stage. 7. Do not bring a family member on tour with you specifically to crack a series of jokes about drinking when said family member has gotten into serious trouble because of the boozing. Let's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 8, 2008; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kennedy Center Honors: Singing George Jones's Praises

George Jones, all these tender years later. (Peyton Hoge FTWP) Whether or not you think George Jones is "the greatest voice to ever sing country music," as Garth Brooks told The Post last week, you'll almost certainly agree that the Possum belongs on country's Mount Rushmore. To put it simply:...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 5, 2008; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kennedy Center Honors: Pete Townshend Riffs! (And Riffs. [And Riffs.])

Pete Townshend picks up his guitar and plays, just like yesterday. David Segal drew the assignment to interview the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey for the big Kennedy Center Honors package running in this Sunday's Style & Arts. Lucky him! As it turns out, he could have filled the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 4, 2008; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (5)

Live Last Night: Tina Turner

Tina Turner's raw power still resonates. (Marvin Joseph/TWP) Tina Turner was hovering over the Verizon Center crowd, singing her fiery 1973 song "Nutbush City Limits" from a cherry picker during a Sunday-night encore, when she decided to go hot-stepping across the hydraulic lifting arm that connected the aerial platform to...

By David Malitz | November 24, 2008; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (8)

On the Phone With Aretha Franklin

The Queen and her scepter. (By Richard A. Lipski -- The Washington Post) Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. She's in town Wednesday night at Constitution Hall, and she's still got it. She called to chat recently, a few hours before a show in Worcester, Mass. 'Nuff said. (Although at...

By David Malitz | October 22, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (6)

Brian Wilson: Writing Chords Is 'Godly,' Phil Spector Is 'Zany'

(Jonathan Alcorn) I had lunch with Brian Wilson, and all you got was this lousy story. Here, then, are some bonus outtakes from our interview. On stage fright: "It's the worst. I have stage fright every single concert I've ever done. I have at least four or five minutes...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 5, 2007; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

When Elton Met Brian

Here's something that didn't make my Brian Wilson profile on Sunday: Elton John's trippy recollection of meeting the Beach Boy genius in SoCal many, many years ago. "I met him for first time in 1970 when Bernie [Taupin] and I went out to L.A.," he says. "We were introduced...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 4, 2007; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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