Nine Days is a rock band from Long Island, New York, formed in 1994. The band's influences were Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.
During their career they released 8 studio albums with the most recent happening in 2016. This song comes from their 2nd album called Monday Songs, released in 1996. This was recorded & released before the band got a contract with a major record label.
They had a #6 hit single with a song called Absolutely (Story Of A Girl) in 2000, but that came after they had signed their recording contract. That was also their only hit single, putting them squarely into the 1 Hit Wonder category.
Something nice & melodic to ease your way into a new day.
Quarterflash is an American rock group formed in 1980 in Portland, Oregond by merging two popular Oregon bands, Seafood Mama and Pilot.
Orinda Sue "Rindy" Ross (lead vocals and saxophone) and her husband Marv Ross (guitars), were the leaders of the group. In a 1982 interview, Rindy Ross said that she viewed the saxophone as an extension of her voice, enabling her to express things she could not with her voice alone.
During their career the band has released 7 studio albums with the most recent one coming in 2020. But they had no new music at all between 1991 & 2008.
This song comes from their 1st album, called Quarterflash, released in 1981. The album contained their biggest hit single, Harden My Heart which reached #3 on the Hot 100. The album went to #8, & was their biggest album.
Williams Avenue is a north-south street located in Portland, Oregon and it defines the eastern boundary of North Portland.
I always liked these folks & Rindy Ross is a pretty special talent.
In his youth, he played the euphonium and other brass instruments in school jazz bands. During the early 1980s, he led the rockabilly trio the Stray Cats and found popular and commercial success. During the 90’s he formed The Brian Setzer Orchestra (sometimes known by its initials BSO) as a swing and jump blues band .
The BSO has released 9 albums in their career with the most current one happening in 2015. This song comes from the 4th album called Vavoom, released in 2000.
The song itself goes back to 1940. It is a swing jazz and pop standard with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman. It was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra as a Bluebird 78 rpm single.
I loved the big band/ swing/ jump blues revival of the late 90's. Good stuff.
This is a band that looks to be having a great time onstage & the sax player goes off.
Sometimes trying to find info on some of these folks can be more than a little daunting, but to me, that makes them a bit more intriguing than normal.
Adam East is one of those guys. Here is the only bit of biographical info I found, despite the two of them having a joint Facebook page. “Adam East is a curator of eclectic, funk-filled grooves”. And there it is, Adam East in a nutshell.
Kris Deelane was a bit more in vogue. Accordingly, here is what her bio says. “Kris is making a loud noise in the Portland Rock scene. She sings, she plays guitar, she writes songs. Lots of songs. Kris has performed with or shared stages with national artists such as Brian Wilson, Joan Jett, and Peter Yarrow.
She cites David Bowie, The Pretenders, Julian Cope, Nick Cave, Nina Hagen and Patti Smith as key contributors to her music, art and style.
And the only record they seem to have released together was called A Stranger's Song, it came out in 2003.
Unless you liked The Bee Gees, which I did, & unless you bought all their albums, which I did not, I suspect you may have never heard this song before, which I had not.
During their career they released 22 studio albums not including the soundtracks for Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Staying Alive (1983) which are not official Bee Gees albums. This song comes from their 11th album, Life In A Tin Can, released in 1973. The album was pretty much panned by the critics & suffered low sales as a result.
It was the 1st time they had moved their recording operations out of London & into L.A. Some of the studio musicians on the album included Jim Keltner, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Tommy Morgan, Jerome Richardson, Rick Grech, Jane Getz and Johnny Pate.
Most songs on the album were co - writes for all three brothers, but Barry wrote this one alone.
Charles Edward Daniels was an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music.
He was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
During his career he released 32 studio albums, mostly credited to The Charlie Daniel Band. This song comes from his 8th album High Lonesome, released in 1976. The album’s title came from the 1962 Western novel by Louis L’Amour, they got special permission to use the title from the author.
Steel guitar on the song is played by Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band.
Charlie passed away on July 6, 2020, of a hemorrhagic stroke at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, TN. He was 83.
John Dawson Winter III was an American singer and guitarist. He was known for his high-energy blues rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s. He also produced three Grammy Award–winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters.
In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
Johnny was professionally active until the time of his death near Zürich, Switzerland, on July 16, 2014. He was found dead in his hotel room two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France. The cause of his death was not officially released. According to his guitarist friend and record producer Paul Nelson, Johnny died of emphysema combined with pneumonia. He was 70.
During his career he released 19 studio albums, & 9 Live albums. This song comes from his 2nd studio album called Johnny Winter, released in 1969. It was 1 of the 3 songs on the album that he wrote himself. The album got great reviews & hit #24 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
The Beach Boys are an American rock band that formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. Sixty years & still gettin it.
This song comes from their 9th studio album called Summer Days & Summer Nights, released on July 5, 1965.
Brian Wilson produced this album & it went to #2 on the albums chart. The album included the hit singles Help Me Rhonda & California Girls. To this day, this is still the highest charting album for the band. It was kept out of the #1 spot by Out Of Our Heads from The Rolling Stones.
There seems to have always been a bit of drama in this band. This song was written by Brian Wilson & Mike Love. But Mike was not originally given writing credits for "The Girl from New York City", "Amusement Parks U.S.A.", "Salt Lake City", "Help Me, Rhonda", "California Girls", "Let Him Run Wild", and "You're So Good to Me". He had to sue to get his just dues & his royalty payments. His credits were awarded after a 1990s lawsuit.
Chris Brenne was raised in Kristinehamn, Sweden. Feeling the need to expand his musical knowledge, he applied to the Berklee College of Music and made his first trip to the USA with suitcase and guitar in hand.
Donald Quan was born in Toronto, Ontario, and also schooled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has been a long-time band member of Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt and has assisted in the production of several studio albums and recordings including the acclaimed The Book of Secrets. He is also best known for writing the scores to television shows Relic Hunter and Mutant X.
This seems to be the only collaboration between the two artists, it was released in 2011. This type of music may not be to everyone’s liking but when the album is called The Soothing Muse, I reckon that is what you get. This is nice & won’t bend your head to much.
Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Tori won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of five, the youngest person ever to have been admitted.
During her career she has released 15 studio albums, 2 Live albums, 3 compilation albums & has been included on 12 soundtrack albums.
This song comes from her 7th studio album called Scarlet's Walk, released in October 2002. The album went to #7 & has sold over 600,000 copies.
The 18-song concept album details the cross-country travels of Scarlet, a character loosely based on Tori, as well as the concept of America post–September 11, 2001. It's a story that's also a journey, that begins in LA and crosses the country, slowly heading east.
The Wedding Present are an English indie rock group originally formed in 1985 in Leeds, England.
During their career they have released 9 studio albums, with the most recent one happening in 2016, but they seemed to have been big on live albums releasing 11 of them. None of these albums have ever charted here in the states, but they all did fairly well in the UK.
This song comes from their 6th studio album called Take Fountain, released in 2005. The album was recorded in the United States at Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline, Washington.
This song was the 3rd single released from the album, but again, none of the songs charted here in the states. The 1st 2 singles charted in the UK, this one did not.
Colleen Anderson was born in Bay City, Michigan, but now lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
She seems to be more known as an author than a singer or songwriter, but she does both. Her stories and poems have been published by the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project, Redbook, Embers, Kestrel, Arts & Letters, Antietam Review, Passager, Carolina Quarterly, The Sun, and many other periodicals. Her music has been featured on Public Radio International's Mountain Stage and The Folk Sampler.
When you google her name, the 1st entry that appears is for a lady of the same name that was evidently a porn star in the late 70’s & early 80’s. This lady is not that lady.
She has released 3 albums with the most recent one coming in 2020. This song comes from her 2nd album, Fabulous Realities, released in 2006.
Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Nicknamed the Killer, he has been described as "rock n' roll's first great wild man and one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century.
He was born in Ferriday, Concordia Parish, Louisiana. In his youth, he began playing the piano with two of his cousins, Mickey Gilley (later a popular country music singer) and Jimmy Swaggart (later a popular television evangelist). His family actually mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano.
During his career he has released 40 studio albums, 4 live albums & 77 separate singles.
This song comes from his 8th studio album called Another Place, Another Time, released in 1968.
The song was written by Glenn Sutton & is a reference to Schlitz beer, which for many years was advertised with the slogan, "The beer that made Milwaukee famous."
The single stalled out at #94 on the Billboard Pop chart but got to #2 on the Country singles chart.
What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me) by Jerry Lee Lewis
George Harvey Strait, Sr. is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer from Poteet Texas. He is known as the "King of Country" and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time.
He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, George is the 11th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.
During his career he has released 29 studio albums, 3 live albums & 101 singles, 44 of which went all the way to #1.
This song comes from his 16th album Blue Clear Sky, released in 1996. The album sold over 3 million copies. This was the 3rd of 4 singles to come from the album & it reached #4.
Big & Rich is an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny Alpin and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists.
During their career they were nominated for 50 major awards & won 47 of them. That is a record that not many can match.
They released six studio albums, five extended plays, two extended play/DVD combos, three compilation albums and 20 singles with all but four reaching Top 40 or higher.
This song comes from their 6th & final studio album called Did It For The Party, released in 2017. The song written by John Rich, Rodney Clawson, and Vicky McGehee was originally recorded by Tim McGraw on his album Damn Country Music, with Big & Rich singing backing vocals.
The duo released this version as a single & it charted at #20, it was their final charting single.
Matt Bauer is a banjo player, singer & songwriter from Kentucky. Other personal info, like many others before him, seems to be a bit lacking.
He has released 4 albums during his career. This song comes from his 1st album called The Island Moved In The Storm.
I was looking for a way to describe this song & then I found these reviews which pretty well sums it up for me:
"Matt Bauer conjures a warm yet slightly eerie mood with his banjo driven alt folk”.
"The Island Moved in the Storm inhabits a strange, beautiful, spiritually satisfying world that is as far from the ordinary run of indie-folk as Kentucky is from Brooklyn. This is quite a beautiful album, subtle and precise in its description of things that are lost, forgotten and forever altering.”
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina were an American rock-pop duo who achieved their success in the early to mid-1970s.
Jim Messina, formerly of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, was working as an independent record producer for Columbia Records in 1970 when he met Kenny Loggins, a little-known singer/songwriter and guitarist who was signed to ABC-Dunhill as a staff songwriter.
All of that led to their 1st collaboration. The album was called Sittin In. It was a solo album from Kenny with Jim as the producer, & that is where the Sittin In part comes from.
The album came out in 1971 & went to #70. It featured the singles Vahevela #84 & Nobody But You #86. But it also had a couple of other songs that would later become pretty big hits in their own right.
The album also contained House On Pooh Corner which was originally recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Kenny wrote the song when he was 17 & still in High School. Danny’s Song became a huge hit for Anne Murray, but Kenny wrote it about his brother, Danny, who had just had his 1st son. Listen To A Country Song was recorded & released as a single by Country singer Lynn Anderson who took it all the way to #4.
So it turned out to be a pretty successful album that wasn't a really big hit on 1st release.
REO Speedwagon is an American rock band from Champaign, Illinois formed in 1967. They named the band after the REO Speed Wagon, a 1915 truck that was designed by Ransom Eli Olds. Keyboard player Neil Doughty had seen the name written across the blackboard when he walked into his History of Transportation class on the first day the band had decided to look for a name.
During their career they have released 16 studio albums & 10 live albums. They have had 34 singles with their biggest hits coming in the early to mid 80’s.
Evidently rhythm guitar player Kevin Cronin wrote this in 1968 but the band didn't record it until 1996. It comes from their 14th studio album called Building The Bridge, released in 1996. It became the group's first non-charting album since 1972's R.E.O./T.W.O.
Maybe it was a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth that kept the album from success. There are 3 different producers listed as well as 2 production coordinators, whatever they do.
You may not recognize this guy’s name, but those of a certain age will certainly remember his big hit single from 1966 called “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Haaa!” which he recorded Under the pseudonym Napoleon XIV. The public found out his true identity when Cousin Brucie of WABC outed him.
And if you remember that song, you pretty much know what to expect from this one.
Jerrold "Jerry" Samuels is an American singer, songwriter and record producer.
It appears as though the success of that big hit single gave him the opportunity to record a 2nd album. This song comes from that album called The Second Coming, released in 1966.
This is the 2nd time I have highlighted this group, but just in case…
The New Basement Tapes is a British-American musical supergroup made up of members Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith, and Rhiannon Giddens. The group is best known for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, their 2014 album which consists of tracks based on newly uncovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the recording of his 1975 album with The Band, The Basement Tapes.
The album aims to honor the freewheeling musical spirit and collaborative creative process of the original sessions. Each of the participants had to come up with his or her own music for many of the lyrics, resulting in multiple versions of the same songs and allowing a perspective on the ways different artists respond to Dylan's lyrics
In this case the song was written by Bob Dylan, Marcus Mumford & Taylor Goldsmith. If I can decipher the info correctly, that is Taylor Goldsmith on baritone guitar, Jim James on electric guitar, Marcus Mumford acoustic guitar & lead vocals, Jay Bellerose on drums , Zach Dawes on bass & good old Johnny Depp sits in on rhythm guitar.