Now Spinning: The Rolling Stones – Flowers

While The Rolling Stones 1967 release Flowers is hardly an unknown album, in their intimidatingly massive catalog, the album is an overlooked gem, if also a slight misfit in their discography. Much like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones early albums were issued with slightly altered tracklists, which stemmed from cultural differences between British and American… Continue reading Now Spinning: The Rolling Stones – Flowers

Now Spinning: John Mayall – USA Union

Once John Mayall's latest guitar hero departed for the Rolling Stones, Mayall risked sharing a legacy much like The Yardbirds: more famous for the guitarists he employed than his own talents, as Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor graduated from Mayall's blues school on their way to classic rock titans. But instead of fading… Continue reading Now Spinning: John Mayall – USA Union

Now Spinning: Juke Boy Bonner

One of the first suggestions I'd offer to any collectors of old blues records - always buy Arhoolie Records releases. Arhoolie Records was formed by a young blues aficionado Chris Strachwitz, who traveled to Texas as a young man to record Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and many more, beginning with simple field recordings. From those… Continue reading Now Spinning: Juke Boy Bonner

Now Spinning: Robert Hunter – Tales of the Great Rum Runners

The world lost one of the very best lyrical poets last week with the death of Robert Hunter, principle lyricist for the Grateful Dead as Jerry Garcia's longtime songwriting partner. Though Hunter was fairly reclusive compared to the rest of the band, he was, apart from Garcia, the most quintessential member, combining folk imagery, strains… Continue reading Now Spinning: Robert Hunter – Tales of the Great Rum Runners

Now Spinning: Gary U.S. Bonds – On The Line

Gary U.S. Bonds threatened to fade into obscurity after a brief run of hits in the early '60s before Bruce Springsteen resuscitated Bonds' career twenty years after its heyday by pairing him with the E Street Band. The E Street Band was firing on all cylinders when they went into the studio with Bonds and… Continue reading Now Spinning: Gary U.S. Bonds – On The Line

Now Spinning: Gram Parsons – The Early Years Vol. 1

This is a bit of an overlooked oddity in the catalog of Gram Parsons. Considering the near-mythic status Parsons' career soared to in the years following his death, with everything from Byrds outtakes to the International Submarine Band's earliest singles reverently sought out, it's a bit surprising at the lack of popular or critical attention… Continue reading Now Spinning: Gram Parsons – The Early Years Vol. 1

Now Spinning: Maria Muldaur

Though not quite the household name she deserves to be, few if anyone can rival Maria Muldaur's career in music - from her earliest days on the Greenwich Village folk scene with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band to a string of albums in the late sixties and early seventies that serve as some of the… Continue reading Now Spinning: Maria Muldaur