December 2008

Merry Christmas from the Soul of Rock and Roll


Hey everyone. If you happen to celebrate some of the more well known holidays like I do, then today just so happens to be Christmas, and so I'd like to take a moment to wish everyone out there a very Merry Christmas, or just a simple Happy Holidays should Christmas not be your holiday of choice this December.

Things have been a bit more hectic than a would have liked this month, but it's looking like 2009 will be a great year for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll, as well as for music in general.

Once again, have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holiday.

Take care,


Jeff Beck Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club - A CD Review

When it comes to guitar legends, few can measure up to Jeff Beck. Going all the way back to his days with the Yardbirds, Beck has continually infused new life into electric guitar, pushing the boundaries into jazz fusion and forging his own unique technique and style. I've been a fan of Jeff Beck pretty much from the first time I heard him play. He has a way of touching a note and sculpting it in a way that is completely unexpected and can take a simple phrase and wrench more emotion out of it than just about any player I've ever seen.

10 Bands to Rediscover Alternative: Part 2, The Supporting Cast

One of the most interesting things about the original alternative movement is that it brought bands that in the past would have been completely overlooked by the populous into the forefront. Once a few artists had broken down the barrier, the public was exposed not only to the mainstream artists, but also a lot of their influences and more underground peers.

10 Bands to Rediscover Alternative: Part 1, The Major Players

As you may have realized if you've read a few of my other posts, I grew up in the "Alternative Era", when suddenly underground bands were thrust into the limelight and 80s hair metal faded into the background (some might say, thankfully). Alternative will always hold a special place in my musical pantheon because it is a genre that includes many of the bands that were my first "favorites". These are the bands that made me the music fanatic I am today by drawing me in during those difficult years of adolescence.

The Original Country Twang of Hank Williams

In the past, I'll admit that I've held a bit of a grudge against country music. It's not that I consider it any less of an art form, or valid musically than any of the other genres, I just haven't been able to connect with country artists as I have with the artists of other genres. That isn't to say that I don't like any country music. Instead I think that my lack of connection is a product entirely of the more recent country scene, as the country artists who I really dig, tend to be the originals, like Johnny Cash, and the man I thought worth sharing today: Hank Williams.

Upcoming Carnival of Rock and Roll 2009


Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I've decided to postpone this month's Carnival of Rock 'n' Roll. Don't worry, if you submitted material, it was not lost and will be included in next month's carnival.

This will make the first Carnival of 2009, the biggest carnival yet. It will be published promptly on January 1st, 2009. Although you have the entire month of December to submit something, don't hesitate to send something over as soon as possible.


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