On the day of their sold-out show at the 7th St. Entry, Soul Asylum stopped by the UBS Forum to play a live set for Minnesota Public Radio employees and fans.
Gram Parsons is credited as being a huge influence on the alt country genre. After a short stint with The Byrds and his time with The Flying Burrito Brothers, he created a blend of rock and country music that he called "American Cosmic Music." He made two solo records in the early 70's with his singing partner Emmylou Harris. "GP" was loved by critics, but failed to break into the mainstream. Parsons died of a drug overdose in 1973 at the age of 26 at the Joshua Tree Inn.
Anyone familiar with The Big Lebowski will probably connect this record to The Dude. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked "Cosmo's Factory" 265 on its list of 500 Greatest Albums.
Elektra Records compilation of demos from The Lovin' Spoonful, Eric Clapton and others. We played "Crossroads" covered by Eric Clapton and The Powerhouse. Eric Clapton would record that song with Cream a few years later.
The Australian band's major label debut on Columbia, the album (whose title is usually shortened by fans to "10, 9, 8") was a ferocious explosion of political anger, driving guitars and drums, and anthemic melodies; Midnight Oil would water things down considerably on later albums to reach a broader MTV audience. We played "Read About It."
Joe Jackson's third album wasn't quite as successful as his first two - for some reason the record wasn't promoted in the United States like the previous pair and no singles were released here - but it was received extremely well by critics and fans. "Beat Crazy" shows Jackson embracing reggae even more fully and explicitly than on his first two albums. We played the title track.
A solo project from the fretless bassist, saxophonist and composer from the band Japan, we played the song "Buoy," featuring Karn's Japan bandmate David Sylvian on vocals.
The Queen of Country Music passed away Monday, July 16th at the age of 92. Kitty Wells recorded about 50 albums, had 25 Top 10 country hits and toured from the late 1930s until she quit the road in 2000. She was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976.
A Random Vinyl pick for the Deadheads. Time to get that dancing bears, tie-dye t-shirt out of storage.
Jill bought this record at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA. Great album, great record shop memory.
This record was the follow up to The Byrds' country-influenced album "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." This record was appropriately named, as it was a little country, a little psychedelic; it has two different personalities. The band's lineup had also changed: founding member Roger McGuinn on guitar/vocals, session player Clarence White on guitar, Gene Parsons (no relation to Gram Parsons) on drums and John York on bass (Chris Hillman had departed to join the Flying Burrito Brothers).
This best of compilation contained the 1968 single and unofficial theme song of Woodstock 69' "Going up the Country."
Jill brought in this compilation album to celebrate Neil Diamond's Saint Paul show at the Xcel Energy Center. "Cherry, Cherry" was released as a single in July 1966. It was penned by Neil Diamond and produced by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. It's really easy to learn on guitar. Three chords (E-A-D) and you'll impress everyone at your next party.
The self-titled, debut record from Aerosmith that featured the hit single "Dream On."
This record marked a transition from singer-songwriter to the fuller rock/pop Elton John sound. Elton's touring band was utilized in the making of this record and the production is just spot on. We played the New Orleans-sound influenced track "Honky Cat."
Illinois-born, California-based singer-songwriter Lissie (born Elisabeth Maurus) earned breakout success with her debut album "Catching a Tiger," a searing collection of bluesy pop and indie folk powered by the songstress' immense vocal talent.