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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Alba Griot Ensemble | The Darkness Between The Leaves

Alba Griot Ensemble | The Darkness Between The Leaves

ARTIST: Alba Griot Ensemble TITLE: The Darkness Between The Leaves LABEL: Riverboat Mark Mulholland is a Scottish singer-songwriter-guitarist who keeps his passport handy: he’s lived and worked in most of Western Europe, Haiti and now Bamako, Mali, where he connected with ngoni player Yacouba Sissoko of the Afrocubism project. They’ve taken Mulholland’s introspective songs in a British folk mode (think Nick Drake or Alasdair Roberts), added filigrees from the Mande tradition, and fleshed out the…

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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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