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  • That's Right... Rick Astley

    Jun 19 2006, 10h55

    Yup, Rick Astley. I have other music in there that would be considered "embarasing" as well. But Rick Astley has a few in my rotation. I guess I have blown any chance I had of being the 'crazy cool music dudes club'.

    I've got a few other jems in there too, but I'll leave that for another day.

    Cheers,
    Rich
  • Diggin' KT Tunstall today

    Jun 18 2006, 16h30

    I went and bought KT Tunstall this weekend (Happy Fathers Day to me...). I'm really into it. KT Tunstall. Good voice, melodies and lyrics. What's not to like? Unlike Joss Stone or Alicia Keys she focuses more on the song then her voice. It always seems like Joss and Alicia are out to strut their vocal skills rather than sing a good song. Just one mans opinion...


    Cheers,

    Rich
  • Why do I love this song?

    Jun 17 2006, 16h36

    I never know which songs are going to stick with me. this is one of them: So High (Rock Me Baby And Roll Me Away) I don't know what it is about it, but I keep coming back to it over and over. I never skip past it when it comes up on shuffle. The Melody is catchy, as is the refrain. It also says '70's music' to me like few other songs can. Dave Mason is best known for We Just Disagree which has is pretty well known and well covered by other artists.

    Dave Mason... who knew.

    Cheers,
    Rich
  • Best of O.V. Wright...

    Mai 1 2006, 19h55

    The song A Nickel and a Nail is one of O.V. Wright's best. I read in a review once "O.V. Hurt like nobody body ever hurt" You can hear and feel the pain in his voice.

    Cheers,

    Rich
  • Love The Robert Cray Band

    Abr 27 2006, 2h48

    I'm a huge fan of The Robert Cray Band also known as Robert Cray and Robert Cray Band. They're all one in the same, it just changes from Album to Album. I'd be curious to know what the deciding factor is for that distiction. Anyway, I own just about everything I can find by them. You can really hear the progression of Robert Cray as you go through the discography. If you listen to Who's Been Talking, False Accusations or Bad Influence, for example, you hear the Robert Cray spin on the run of the mill blues album. It has the same shuffle to a lot of the songs that you would expect from a band trying to make a name for itself, but the soulful twinge and subtle non-blues rhythms sneaks into your ears.. When you get to Strong Persuader, you start to hear Robert Cray take the blues and mold it in his own style. The next two albums are cut from a similar cloth. Then comes I Was Warned. Here's where you start to hear a style all his own. Still deeply rooted in blues, but the / sound starts to come to the forefront. I Was Warned is one of their most complete discs, especially for a casual fan. If you only have Strong Persuader, pick up I Was Warned. More earnest fans tend to lean towards Sweet Potato Pie or Some Rainy Morning (I'm in the latter camp) has his best work, although it's hard to pick just one. Then the band starts to move into the stronger soul feel with Take Your Shoes Off. This is also where a lot of the 'guitar fans' tend to trail off. There's more emphasis on the song and the story than the guitar strings. This doesn't sit well with some of the blues fans, but it suits me just fine. There's a decided and deliberate shift to . The blues is still there. The heart ache in Robert Cray's voice still comes through and makes you feel like you too, have lost love.

    Anyway, just my ramblings about being an Robert Cray fan...

    Cheers,
    Rich
  • Blues Alley, Washington, DC 2/11/2006

    Abr 27 2006, 2h12

    Went to see Jerry Butler at the Blues Alley in Georgetown back in February. Every year around Valentines day he comes to town and does a few shows. If you ever get a chance to see him, especially in an intimate setting like the Blues Alley, you have to do it. He sings the songs you would expect, a few covers, and has a fantastic rapport with the audience. Very funny, charming and endearing. Voice is still as good as ever and has a pretty good entourage he plays with.

    Cheers,
    Rich