Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Howlin’ Wolf – ” Moanin’ In The Moonlight”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Howlin’ Wolf – ” Moanin’ In The Moonlight”

Some days when you are totally into music can feel just like Christmas. A day when you get a present that is a complete surprise. A present that helps you further joy in yourself, that then gets passed on to others. I have had many such days in the music business, but one in particular stands out above the others. That day, somewhere around 1987, when I went out and bought my first Howlin’ Wolf…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Steve Miller “Book of Dreams”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Steve Miller “Book of Dreams”

I would love to tell you all grand stories of deep intellectual inspiration for this week’s Blast From My Past. I have been on vacation for a week and have not written a review. I suppose that week should have given me time to ruminate on an album that has deep and consequential meaning (which this album does by the way). But the real reason I chose it was for the song “Jet Airliner”. I…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Ronnie Dawson – “Monkey Beat”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Ronnie Dawson – “Monkey Beat”

One of the things I truly love and enjoy about being involved with the music business is discovering artists that I had been previously unaware of. For me, Ronnie Dawson and this album “Monkey Beat” is the classic example of finding a real honest to God, Rock and Roll mainline shot of serious no holds barred Rock and Roll, and Rockabilly, done right. I guess it was the early or mid 1990’s that I came…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Dave Edmunds – “Repeat When Necessary”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Dave Edmunds – “Repeat When Necessary”

One of the blessings of my life was to be able to grow up in such a great time of musical fertility. You’d be living your life and an artist or group would release a gem like this. From my own recollections, Dave was what I would call a B-list musical artist. People recognized his talent and his worth as an artist, guitar player, songwriter and producer. But was he A-list like a Fleetwood Mac or…

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