I admire those who can play. It doesn't matter the instrument. Just having that ability to create music puts them on a pedestal.
There is a place in Tarzana California that is legendary when it comes to guitars.
Norman’s Rare Guitars is a household name among top musicians and players worldwide.
Each week, professional musicians we all know stop by to talk with Norm and see what new acquisitions he is hiding.
Gibson and Fender both use Norman’s Rare Guitar’s 30 years of buying, selling and collecting book for photographic references in the building of the reissues of the guitars. As mentioned earlier, world class players drop by to look, talk and even play. What follows is a 25 minute glimpse of just some of the pros who too time to "jam" a little.
We've got two dogs, male and female, both from the same litter. They are just over 3 years old and in the last few days we have noticed something unusual about the female. She LOVES watching TV, and the computer when other dogs are on the screen.
Rhonda noticed this and has begun "sharing" youtube clips with her.
Missy (the dog, LOL) moves right up to the screen, stares intently and reacts to the sights and sounds. She is addicted to youtube. ANYTIME either of us open a laptop, she slides right up to the screen. Her brother, Moonpie, couldn't care less but she is obsessed!
eBanger Films has released a trailed for the new ZZ Top documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, which will premiere on Aug. 13 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood with the three members of the band in attendance.
The production ties in with their 50th-anniversary tour, which starts three days later. Screenings in select North American locations during the fall will be announced later, with details available at the movie's official site.
You can watch the trailer below.
“Produced by the Emmy award-winning Banger Films, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas tells the story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard – became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years after the band’s inception,” a statement said.
“Buoyed by candid band interviews, never-before-seen archive, animation, celebrity fan testimonials (Billy Bob Thornton, Joshua Homme and more), and an intimate performance at the legendary Gruene Hall shot exclusively for this documentary, That Little Ol’ Band runs the gamut, from the absurd to the poignant, from squalid Texas bars to MTV heroics, all in celebration of this notoriously private, but larger than life, power trio. In the end, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas unravels the extraordinary tale of a band whose image we know, but whose story we don’t.”
“I think even our most steadfast fans will find themselves surprised by what they learn about those men behind the beards and cheap sunglasses," Gibbons said. "There we are, up there on the silver screen and it's something we're delighted to share with fans of all stripes.”
The trio’s anniversary tour starts in Ridgefield, Wash., on Aug. 16 and ends on Nov. 9 in Shreveport, La., with Cheap Trick providing main support.
55 YEARS AGO: ‘FOLLOW THE BEATLES’ DOCUMENTARY SHARES FAB SECRETS
On August 3, 1964, a month after A Hard Day's Night helped the world fall even more in love with the Beatles, the BBC offered their rabid fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Fab Four's debut movie with Follow the Beatles.
The Robert Robinson-narrated documentary, showed off even more of the Beatles' charming and witty personalities, and revealed some very interesting secrets and perspectives on the making of their debut film. Here's six things we learned while re-watching Follow the Beatles all these years later.
The Beatles were bullied and manhandled on their own film set
John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney were constantly grabbed at and pushed around by fans, onlookers, and even the police who were involved in the film. A Hard Day’s Night writer Allen Owen discusses his astonishment with how the calm, relaxed Beatles “just went with it”, despite repeatedly being subject to actual physical pain.
Fans begged the film’s hairdresser for locks of Beatles’ hair
Anything touched, worn, or grown on a Beatle was considered gold to the star-struck youngsters. “I had lots of letters from all over the world asking for pieces of hair,” their hairdresser states. “If I had answered them all, the Beatles probably would have been bald by now!”
No studios were used in the film
A Hard Days Night director Richard Lester strived to make the film feel more authentic by shooting the scenes in real situations, including an actual unsteady train. “There is a certain quality that happens when you are forced to accept the limitations of not having a tripod, not having the proper lighting, not having the proper sound,” he explained.
Ringo was considered the main “Starr"
The documentary describes Ringo Starr as the best actor in the film, the most convincing, and the most real of the four inexperienced actors. Lionel Blair, the film’s choreographer, also reveals Ringo’s other talent aside from drumming and acting...his dancing! Blair states that Ringo’s amazing rhythm earned him the title of “the best dancer of the four.”
Script writer Allen Owen followed the Beatles around for weeks to pick up their dialogue
This experiment was the only method Owen could use to accurately write lines for the actors, since no one wanted the Beatles to play anyone but themselves. Owen thus learned the specific speaking characteristics of each Beatle, which he then transferred seamlessly into a flawless script.
The crew was not used to the screaming girls
Once the theaters for A Hard Days Night concert scenes were opened to the audience, the room was filled with the shrieks of hysterically screaming young girls. While the Beatles had grown accustomed to this chaos, the crew members were shocked and uncertain of how to handle the uproar. “The first time I heard the screaming, I just couldn’t believe it. My ear drums were aching with the noise,” Lester stated. He told George Harrison, “My God, how about that!” and George comically responded, “Yeah they were a bit quiet tonight, weren’t they?”
The Beatles Albums Ranked Worst to Best13. '
Yellow Submarine' (1969)
The soundtrack to the animated Beatles movie (which they didn't provide the voices for, by the way) includes two previously released cuts, a handful of leftover session tracks from the era and an entire side of orchestra music from the film. Completists probably need the four new songs; everyone else can skip them.
12. 'Magical Mystery Tour' (1967)
Released as an EP in the U.K. and as an album in the U.S., 'Magical Mystery Tour' is spotty, especially when compared to the Beatles' other records from the era. But several of its songs – "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Penny Lane" and "All You Need Is Love," especially – rank among the group's all-time best.
11. 'Beatles for Sale' (1964)
Tasked with recording their fourth album in a little more than a year, the Beatlemania-battered quartet quickly shuttled to the studio for a loose set of covers, tossed-off originals and a few gems. Success was taking its toll on the group by now, and the tired, ho-hum 'Beatles for Sale' proved it. Just look at their weary faces on the cover.
10. 'Help!' (1965)
Ostensibly the soundtrack to their second movie, the Beatles' fifth album is their first real declaration of independence. They'd launch a creative whirlwind a few months later on 'Rubber Soul' that would pretty much last until the end of their career. But that album's seeds are planted here on songs like "Ticket to Ride," "Yesterday" and the hit title track.
9. 'Let It Be' (1970)
The last album to be released by the Beatles was recorded before 'Abbey Road,' but tumultuous sessions and a messy post-production schedule delayed its debut for a year. In a way, 'Let It Be' makes a pivotal swan song, with many of the songs coming off as eulogies for a once-great group. They're still mostly excellent here, but the cracks widened beyond repair.
8. 'Please Please Me' (1963)
The Beatles recorded their debut album in one 13-hour session. And it sounds like it. The group is energized as they plow through a stage repertoire of jumpy original tunes (opener "I Saw Her Standing There") and revitalized covers (closer "Twist and Shout"). They'd get sharper and tighter in the studio, but this is the sound of the band in all of its primal, ragged glory.
7. 'With the Beatles' (1963)
The Beatles' second album was sorta reworked as 'Meet the Beatles!' for the group's U.S. debut, and we prefer that version. But the original U.K. 'With the Beatles' stands as the official record these days. And it's not bad, mixing sprightly originals ("All My Loving") with well-oiled covers ("Please Mister Postman"). Beatlemania pretty much starts here.
6. 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964)
The first album to include songs written entirely by the band (well, John Lennon and Paul McCartney), 'A Hard Day's Night' is pretty much 30 minutes of pure Beatlemania. From the shimmering chord that kicks off both the album and the title track, the Beatles never let up. It's easy to get caught up in their enthusiasm.
5. 'Rubber Soul' (1965)
The Beatles responded to Beatlemania, Bob Dylan and pop music in general with their milestone sixth album. It inspired tons of artists – including Brian Wilson, who crafted the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' in reply; the Beatles, in turn, responded with 'Sgt. Pepper's' – to move into a new era, free of commercial expectations and LP filler. They were only just beginning.
4. 'Abbey Road' (1969)
The last album recorded by the Beatles (but released before the temporarily shelved 'Let It Be'), 'Abbey Road' presented a briefly reinvigorated group trying one last time to pull it all together. George Harrison delivered two of his best songs ("Something," "Here Comes the Sun"), John Lennon plugged in and rocked out ("Come Together") and Paul McCartney checked in with a sprawling centerpiece, the eight-song, 16-minute medley that stands as one of his greatest achievements.
3. The White Album (1968)
The Beatles all but splintered into four solo artists on their messy, epic and brilliant self-titled LP (commonly known as the White Album). It took two records to contain all their ideas – some of them great, some of them maddening, all of them fascinating. It was only a matter of time before they went their separate ways; the White Album, for better or worse, leads the charge.
2. 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967)
Pop music grew up in 1967, when the Beatles forged a masterpiece of sound, texture and melody. Its kaleidoscopic approach to record-making – layer after layer of instruments and voices piled on top of each other until it all blurs into one colorful explosion – would become a marker and pattern for everything that came after it. In many ways, it still hasn't been topped.
1. 'Revolver' (1966)
The Beatles turned themselves inside out on 'Revolver,' exercising a creative freedom following their retirement from the road. They used the studio as their playground, turning the record's 14 songs into the sort of mind-expanding musical template that would influence artists for generations to come. 'Sgt. Pepper's' may be the more complete work, but 'Revolver' is way more fun.
No one has ever graced a stage, held a microphone, or taken a song and made it exclusively hers like Linda Ronstadt. As a singer, songwriter and political activist, Linda Ronstadt was a fearless trailblazer.
The musician’s remarkable life will be captured in an upcoming documentary.You can watch the brand new trailer for Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice below.
Rondstadt’s rise in fame began in the ‘60s, when she first earned attention as the lead singer of the Stone Poneys. From there she launched a hugely successful solo career, winning 10 Grammy Awards and eventually becoming the highest-paid woman in rock music. Her exploits are even more impressive given the male-dominated music industry of the era. She remains the only female artist to have five platinum albums in a row.
The film includes interviews with many of Ronstadt’s collaborators, friends and admirers, including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Aaron Neville and many more.
“Linda could literally sing anything,” Parton says in the opening moments of the trailer. She adds that Ronstadt could also be a “pain in the ass sometimes” due to her perfectionist ways. “There will never be another voice like Linda’s,” an emotional Harris remarks. The three women joined forces for the acclaimed Trio country music album in 1987.
In addition to chronicling Ronstadt’s storied career -- including her daring changes in genre -- the documentary delves into the singer’s activism toward same-sex marriage and the rights of undocumented immigrants.
Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2012, a condition that left her unable to sing. The music icon appears in the documentary, giving thoughts and reflections on her life.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, with Sherryl Crow delivering a special performance following its screening. The documentary hits theaters in September.
In this edition of "Yes We Play It" we offer up a a taste of the beach!
Chairman of the Board has been a staple of the Beach Music scene for ever. If you love the traditional sounds of the Carolina coast, shagging (the dance, LOL), and traveling back in time, then you will love this band,
We recently signed to develop an online radio station for Greenville's own Carolina Music Museum. In fact you can listen to what we are doing together by jumping over to our home page and spend a few minutes enjoying their music. This is big deal for me. Its a highly regarded organization that houses a world class collection of instruments. Their outreach programs, restoration efforts, concerts, etc are raising the bar for the entire community.
Rather than try and having me attempt to fully explain how they are serving Greenville, here is Debra & Tom Strange, during a recent TV interview.
Blue Oyster CultDescription
First performing at local bars and taverns in Upstate New York, Blue Oyster Cult went on to influence Rock, Metal, and even Pop culture.
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 8:00 P.M.
Public On Sale Date for this show is Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:00 A.M.
Call the Box Office for more information 803-276-6264.
The band’s hit “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” has been featured in everything from the movie “Halloween” to the infamous “More Cowbell!” sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”
The group’s songs “Burning For You,” “In Thee,” “Shooting Shark,” and more hits helped them sell over 24 million records. The band influenced bands such as Metallica, Twisted Sister, and Widespread Panic.
Blue Öyster Cult started in 1967, at Stony Brook College in Long Island, New York, under the name Soft White Underbelly. In 1974, with the release of a third album “Secret Treaties,” Blue ?yster Cult was propelled to the spotlight and “Secret Treaties” would become the first of many gold albums. For the next decade and a half, the band had major success.
Don’t miss a chance to hear not only “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” but also “Burning for You,” “Godzilla,” “Cities on Flame With Rock N' Roll,” and “Shooting Shark” when the Blue ?yster Cult comes to Newberry.
Expect guests to stand and dance along at the performance. If you would like to sit, please consider the balcony or orchestra boxes.
.......and yes we play it right here on Your Own FM.
Opinions are like.....well, opinions. LOL Everyone has one.
Since everyone has an opinion when it comes to EVERY aspect of music I thought
I would go a recognized expert on guitar, Rick Beato. I mean, if you are going to disagree with someone, argue with an pro!!
Here is his considered opinion on the TOP 20 ELECTRIC GUITAR INTROS OF ALL TIME