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Rock & Roll Feature: The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1

This is the tenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Deep Folksy Blues and Rock and Roll from the Darrin James Band

August must have been the month of vaguely folk-ish singer/songwriter music because it seemed as if every suggestion I received for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll was in that genre or at least close enough to it that I would associate it with that label. That's not necessarily a bad thing as there were some great artists, some of whom have already been featured, but still, after a while it did get a little repetitive.

New Music from the Eagles: Their First Studio Album in 28 Years

I can't really make up my mind about bands getting back together to record after long periods of... well not recording. It always seems like such an exciting idea, especially when it's huge bands that are rock legends and the mere possibility of "new" music from them makes some people giddy and weak in the knees. When these things actually pan out though, there are only a few cases where it seems that the bands really capture something worth sharing, and that leads me to a wonder whether I'm glad those bands reunited or if I wished they had left it alone.

The Band Live in 1970

Perhaps they're one of the more overlooked bands of the classic rock era (I don't really think so, but it's possible), but it took far too long for me to come to a band simply called "The Band" after I started listening to classic rock, and actually even longer before I could actually name a song they played. Looking back that is really a shame as this group was probably one of the most influential bands of the late 60s early 70s (as well as later) and made some great music to boot.

Moses Guest: Authentic Folk Rock Jam Band with Some Jazzy Style

I must be a bit of a contradiction in my musical tastes... I like minimalism in music and believe that immense complexity can come out of simplicity, but at the same time I have a special place in my heart for jam bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish that let improvisation run wild. Few bands can compare to either of these bands in terms of their jams, as both could easily push past the 30 minute mark, but that was not what originally attracted me to either of them and keeps me coming back to listen to them. Instead it was and is their unique blend of styles.

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: Two Legends and a Duet from 1969

In the music community, every so often there are just some absolutely amazing moments that are once in a lifetime events, often consisting of one time collaborations with other artists. These occurrences often up the ante a little bit more because, as I've said before, great musicians seem to feed off one another when playing music together, and the end result is often stellar with each person adding their own unique part to a particular song.

Late Night Festival Folk, Blues, Country and Bluegrass on PBS

I've never really been a 9-5 type of person as it just does not seem to fit well with my sleeping habits. I prefer to be up working or researching during the late night hours when my brain has been active for a while and sleep for a few hours in the early morning, than turning in early every night. One of the benefits of this is that I get to see some interesting things on TV late at night, including some videos from music festivals shown on PBS.

The Eagles and Hotel California Live

Listening to any musical genre, but especially pop genres like rock 'n' roll there are those certain songs that have become absolutely anthemic, instantly recognizable and unforgettable. Maybe its a specific feel, or a particular combination of great songwriting, catchy hooks and musicality that has caused these songs to be permanently etched into our culture, or maybe its just a feel that we identify with and like.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Live at Woodstock Footage

One of my favorite bands from the 60s and 70s, and I feel often overlooked, Creedence Clearwater Revival penned some of the most famous rock songs ever recorded. Songs like "Proud Mary", "Fortunate Song" and "Bad Moon Rising" are almost universally known. The band's infectious combination of folk, country shuffle and blues stomp is catchy, fun, fiery and has an earthy feel that just cannot be replicated.

One Mans Trash: Southern Rock with a little Pop, Blues Swagger and Fun

At the recommendation of one of it's members, I recently checked out southern rock band One Man's Trash.

I don't claim to be a country aficionado as I could never really get into much country music other than J.J. Cale and Johnny Cash. Maybe its because I live in Chicago or maybe its because I haven't spent nearly enough time on the back of a horse to fully appreciate it, I don't know. I do know a bit about southern rock and blues though, as I'm a big fan of Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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