B.B. King

I just heard this morning that legendary blues guitarist B.B. King is now being cared for by hospice in his home.

Here’s a great video of King performing with a number of other outstanding guitarists and celebrity musicians: Slash, Mick Hucknall (of Simply Red), Ron Wood (of the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck Group, and others), Derrick Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi – all jamming at the Royal Albert Hall, 2011. B.B. King was 85 at the time. His solo starts at about 5:40.


Best Super Bowl Show Ever: XXXVI and U2

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and I’m sure the halftime performer – Katy Perry – will do a great job.

But I think it will be a long time before anyone outdoes the 2002 Super Bowl XXXVI halftime show featuring U2, which was – in the humble opinion of this author- the best Super Bowl show ever.

I think it’s fair to say it was the first major public nationally televised event after the September 11th attacks.

The first song is Beautiful Day, a celebration about simply being alive.

During the transition to the second song, you can hear U2’s lead singer Bono muttering something.  It’s a prayer from Psalm 51:15: “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.”  What follows is a cry that – under other circumstances – would just be a typical rock star thing for Bono to do.  But in this context I think a great many viewers took it as a collective national (and perhaps international) cry of anguish, anger, hope, and catharsis. I know that was my sense at the time and I read comments and interviews with many, many others who took it the same way.

What follows is Where The Streets Have No Name, a song about Bono’s wish for a class-less society, where people are not judged as U2, who wrote the lyrics, perceived they were judged in their hometowns.  Locals knew the poor streets and the rich streets and formed opinions about townspeople based on where they lived.  The song expresses hope for a time when no such judgement would occur.

I read one article at the time in which Bono, lead singer for the Irish band, was said to have had a strong desire and sense of history that it was their role to encourage America at that time.

See below for the full video.

Doc Scantlin’s New Website

Well it’s about time …

The world received a unique and whimsically fun Christmas present this year: the newly revamped and remarkably hip new Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra website!  This is more than just a long-overdue celebration of what Forbes magazine calls the “world’s best band”, it’s filled with little surprises – such as the old timey radio featuring a bunch of Doc’s classic hits that – believe or not – have never been available before in any form of any kind, YouTube-ish or otherwise.

If you who is reading this are a living breathing entity who has any interest in living your life in an entertaining manner, then stop wasting any more time and check this out immediately, it’s a historic milestone of 21st century proportions.

Click here to read about the brilliant folks at Transmedia who are behind this technically creative masterpiece.

Click here for the press release!

Click here for the website itself!

Excellent Frank Russo Drum Solo

Frank Russo continues to be the busiest performer in show business, check out his schedule. He plays more venues than I can keep up with, that’s a full time job.

But here’s something a bit unusual:

That’s a YouTube video of a great drum solo by Frank he sent out on Wednesday of this week. According to Frank: “I play two choruses after the shout chorus on Horace Silver’s Room 608.”  It was recorded a week ago today, Friday, November 7, 2014, at Towson University’s Faculty Ensemble.

Go Frank!

Out of the Valley of Giants – new CD from Todd Bauchspies

New CD 'Out of the Valley of Giants' by Todd Bauchspies

PRS recording artist Todd Bauchspies has released a new CD titled Out of the Valley of Giants and it’s absolutely fantastic!  It was formally released at a sold-out party at Easton, Maryland’s historic Avalon Theatre on Friday night, October 3, 2014, and now the CD is available to everyone.

The full CD is available online at Amazon here, as well as other locations online and in stores.

PRS Recording Artist Todd Bauchspies

Rare video: Eva Cassidy singing “The Rose”

Here’s a great old video I just found on YouTube of Eva Cassidy performing a unique rendition of The Rose, a song originally made famous by pop singer Bette Midler in the 1980’s. This video is probably from the early 1990’s – the caption says it’s “Eva Cassidy and Method Actor backstage rehearsing. The song there doing is The Rose. Also Eva’s brother Dan Cassidy is the one playing the violin. For those who know the names of the others feel free to name them.” That’s Bob Fiester in the foreground playing guitar, and I don’t know anyone else in the video.