Monday, August 17, 2009

It was 50 years ago today...

The musical Milestone, Kind of Blue was released.

Kind of Blue was released by trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis on August 17th 1959, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest jazz albums of all time.
The recording sessions for the album took place at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City on March 2 and April 22, 1959
.The sessions featured Davis's ensemble sextet, which included pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Legend leaves

He built his own guitar and effects...
when his elbow got smashed, he was asked by his Doctor what position he would like it permanently fixed in. He said a Right Angle, so he could still play guitar...
He pioneered the idea of multi-tracking to get extra guitar parts, and the first to use sped-up and slowed-down guitars.

The legendary Les Paul has passed
at age 94.
This really is sad news. He was a true innovator.
He will be missed by many.

Here's some audio:

Short-lived, musically memorable NBC radio show by the virtuoso guitarist/recording innovator, his vocalist wife Mary Ford, and their bass/percussion partner Ed Stapleton.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Actor George Hamilton celebrates his 70th birthday today. Fresh Dread was unable to reach Mr. Hamilton for comment. My guess is he's busy tanning.

Also (and more importantly) Messrs. Swanny and Keldog are having birthdays as well.
Wish them well, extend regards, buy them a drink. You know the drill.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

"Wayne Hancock has more Hank SR in him than either I or Hank Williams JR. He is the real deal." - Hank III

Today's Date In Music History:

Wayne "The Train" Hancock live at the
Pickathon Roots Music Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon (August 2, 2008)

Hancock has been called "the master of hillbilly swing," a "roots Renaissance man," a "country singer's country singer" and "Hank Williams meets Gershwin." But the phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is "Wayne Hancock is the real deal." Joe Ely said it, Hank Williams III said it, Bobby Koefer from the Texas Playboys said it, as have countless music fans and writers when referring to Hancock's authentic and original blend of honky tonk, western swing, blues and big band that he calls "juke joint swing!"

In the player below:

01  Intro,
02 Lose your Mind
03 Louisiana Blues
04 Johnny Law
05 Viper
06 Lost Highway
07 Juke Joint Jumping
08 Drinkin' Blues
09 87 Southbound
10 Thunderstorms And Neon Signs
11 California Blues
12 Huck's Blues
13 Summertime

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Jerry Garcia

Today would have been Jerry Garcia's 67th birthday. I am too pressed for time, unfortunately, to properly address this so I'll direct you to last year's post for now.

... and here's some music.