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Songs You May Have Missed #67


Guy Forsyth: “Long Long Time” (2005)

A cathartic four-minute rant about the loss of our innocence–and our nation’s.

Songs You May Have Missed #66


Estampie: “Al Jorn-Alonso” (2007)

Estampie is a German band specializing in medieval music. “Al Jorn” is from 2007’s Signum album, which depicts musically the Europe of the Middle Ages: darkly apocolyptic and threatening, but also beautiful, mystical and stirring. The arrangements prominently feature harps, flutes and bagpipes. Think Loreena Mckennitt meets Canterbury Tales. With hobbits. In Latin.

Songs You May Have Missed #65


Pure Prairie League: “Memories” (1975)

Pure Prairie League had more than its share of roster changes over the band’s lifespan. Original lead vocalist Craig Fuller, who sang on their most enduring hit, “Amie”, had to leave the band to serve a sentence for draft evasion (he was later given a full pardon by President Gerald Ford). “Memories” is from their next album, 1975’s Two Lane Highway, and features vocalist Larry Goshorn, who left in 1978 to form a band called the Goshorn Brothers (hmm, wonder how that turned out?) Also leaving in ’78 was George Powell, the last of the original members, who quit the band to run his pig farm in Ohio. (And the next time you catch yourself daydreaming about how glamorous life in a hit-making band would be, just remember one guy gave it up to be a pig farmer.)

A later incarnation of the band included future country star Vince Gill, who sang on several hits including “Let Me Love You Tonight”.

“Memories” features a beautiful, understated arrangement of piano, acoustic and steel guitars, mandolin and harmony vocals, typifying the 70’s country rock sound.

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Lionel Richie Goes Country, Sells 20,000 CDs in One Hour

Rolling Stone article here:

If I may put in my two cents:

It’s funny how anytime a pop artist crosses over into country music they always insist it was really a matter of realizing they were country all along. I wonder how Commodores fans would have reacted if Lionel had “realized” this at the height of their late-70’s success? It would have cost him money back then I reckon. But it’s sound business to get in touch with your inner Kenny Chesney after your pop career’s been on ice for a while. Ask Bon Jovi, Bob Seger and Darius Rucker, who never ‘fessed up to “being country” until they realized it was their best hope of getting airplay and selling new music. It’s called market positioning, but in the world of art it feels a little disingenuous.

I love Lionel Richie’s songs. And, to be fair, they don’t really sound all that out of place in a country setting. I can see why this album is selling so well. But this smacks of an R&B legend selling his soul…so to speak.

Who’ll be the next pop icon to let us know he’s “always been country”? How about Billy Joel?…are you ready for the “Piano Man” duet with Toby Keith?

Me neither.


Marshall Stack Fridge: How Cool is That?

So, you need a place to store your leftovers and beer while rocking out in your garage? Legendary guitar amp company Marshall has you covered with its new Marshall stack mini fridge. Adorned with authentic logos and knobs that go to 11 (of course), the refrigerator interior has 4.4 cubic feet of space and a high efficiency freezer.

The Marshall Fridge costs about $300 and will ship to customers beginning Oct. 1. It’s kind of a steep price for a fridge, but hey, it’s cheaper than splurging for an actual Marshall half-stack.

(Source: Paste)


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