I enjoy listening to music. My tastes are quite eclectic.
As a teenager I listened to a lot of 70's rock / AOR, such as Deep Purple, Free, Bad Company, Hall and Oates, Heart, Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers etc, and always had a liking for "Country rock" music such as Eagles and Linda Ronstadt.
Today I still listen to the same sort of music, regularly delving into the back
catalogue of Alice Cooper, AC/DC, Bowie etc. and newer bands who have
that 70's feel like Nickelback
Whilst "Country rock" has now become "Alt Country" or "Americana",
it is in this area where alot of my current interest lies.
There's artists from years ago like The Eagles who keep on going.
Allthough I didn't listen to his earlier stuff Johnny Cash has released some
great albums in the "American" series produced by Rick Rubin. The final
album "American VI - Aint No Grave" was released in February 2010, nine
years after his death
More recently, there's Tift Merrit, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Kathleen Edwards, Jewel, Rosanne Cash, Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer and Sugarland.
Its not just about females though - there are also some good country guys
out there notably Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.
Big at the moment is Chris Stapleton, who has released four albums to date,
"Traveller", "From A Room Vol.1", "From A Room Vol.2" and in November 2020 "Starting Over"
Room A is the studio at RCA Nashville where numerous country stars have recorded over the last 50 years.
From a Room Vol.1 was the CMA 2017 album of the year and Stapleton also picked up the Male Vocalist of the year award too.
They must have blown the budget when recording "Starting Over"....
As you can see from the image below, the cover is plain white with handwritten "title" and "by".
The booklet is all set in a typewriter font, with just a small black and white photo of Chris, his wife, Morgane, and a dog who I assume is Maggie, subject of the track "Maggie's song"
Another favourite is the wonderful Texan Jarrod Dickenson.
His "Ready The Horses" album should have been released in March 2017 but has been put back to September 29th after he signed a deal with Decca Records.
I first saw him in Birmingham a few years ago supporting Tift Merrit, and have been a fan ever since.
Well at last the album is out ... and I have THREE different versions of it !
The latest offering from Jarrod is his 5 track EP "Under A Texas Sky" - A celebration of the many stars from the lone star state. It features songs written by Roy Orbison, Ester Phillips, Willie Nelson, Doug Sham and Guy Clark.
Here's Jarrod And Me, taken after the gig Friday 8th February, at the Cuban Embassy Birmingham. I am 5 foot 7inches tall. JD is over 6 foot !
Within the My Music pages there are five sub pages dedicated to some of my favourites, click on the links to the left to find out more.
|Nils Lofgren ticket from 1976. £1.50 well spent.|
A year later Nils was back in the UK, on the "I Came To Dance" tour, this time playing at the larger Birmingham Odeon, on New Street, and I had a front row ticket.
The price had gone up but well worth the extra as on this occasion the support act were up and comming new boys
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Her album 1000 Kisses was excellent.
The follow up "Impossible Dream" was even better.
Its one of those that after a few listens you're not sure about, then you find that it's never out of the
CD player. The UK release includes three bonus tracks, recorded live with Emmylou Harris
that are not on the US version.
February 2007 and it's deja vu !!
Patty's next album "Children Running Through" - and I went through exactly the same scenario as before.
On the first few listens I was not impressed, and at one stage I took it out of the CD player to listen to something else. Mistake.... Stick with it and its a fantastic album.
Her latest album, the self titled "Patty Griffin" was released 8th March 2019.
Check out pattygriffin.net for the latest news etc.
On her recent tour Lucinda Williams played locally in Leamington Spa.
I managed to catch up with "Lu" backstage afterwards for a chat and she signed my gig poster and
at Virgin, Pete Waterman, who at the time was virtually unknown outside
Coventry area owned the "Soul Hole".
As the name suggests they sold mainly soul music, although I do recall buying Gary Wright's
"Dream Weaver" single there.
EMI record shop opened in Hertford Street, later to become HMV record
Then they opened another shop in The Precinct, then relocated both shops into one larger
shop not far from the original shop in Hertford Street.
Ironically they have recently relocated again, into the premises previously occupied by
Virgin Megastore and Zavvi !
Although not based in Coventry city centre, we were fortunate to have 2 Fopp outlets locally.
One on the campus at Warwick University and one in Leamington Spa.
Fopp found it difficult to attract new money into the business, despite some of its shops being
profitable, the inevitable happened and all stores closed down. Opening the flagship store in
London's Tottenham Court Road was one of the reasons cited, and another was their
purchase of some of the Music Zone stores, a chain which itself had gone into liquidation
only a matter of months before.
Renowned for their no nonsense pricing policy with many CD starting at £5, Fopp was a great
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28 November 2020
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