Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Allen Toussaint “The Bright Mississippi”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Allen Toussaint “The Bright Mississippi”

Boys and girls, have you lucked into a great record today! I was meandering around this morning trying to think outside of the box and do a more recent record that really excited me and I thought of this. “The Bright Mississippi”, to me, is one of those gems of an album that a great artist can produce later in life. Musicians are never truly ‘done’ until they die, and even then sometimes they have…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: David Bowie “Aladdin Sane”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: David Bowie “Aladdin Sane”

It dawned on me yesterday as I wrote the review for the amazing Ronnie Dawson’s “Monkey Beat”, that there may be some bigger artists’ work that I may have overlooked. I did a scroll through the last 90 reviews and realized I have never mentioned David Bowie. Maybe it was the combo of me missing him as an artist after his death, or maybe it was my own disappointment with his last album, Black Star,…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Buck Owens and the Buckaroos “Live at Carnegie Hall”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Buck Owens and the Buckaroos “Live at Carnegie Hall”

What can a person say about one of the greatest artists, one of the greatest bands ever put together, one of the greatest live albums ever recorded at one of the greatest venues in the world? This person says, “I am gonna say a lot”. My love and admiration of Buck Owens dates back to my earliest childhood and the “Hee-Haw” television show. My Italian Grandfather loved “Hee-Haw”. There was nothing better when my “Opa”…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Grand Funk – “We’re An American Band”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Grand Funk – “We’re An American Band”

Grand Funk started in Michigan or one of those states around there. They were just 3 kids who saw enough freedom that they decided to be a band. Their first record was in 1969. By 1971 they were one of the biggest selling acts in the world. They pioneered stadium rock in a way even the Beatles did not do. They were a classic example of an American mom and pop endeavor going huge. Back…

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