In America, politics and music have been tied together since the very beginning. Benjamin Franklin played multiple instruments, including the violin, harp and guitar, and he even invented one: the glass harmonica. Thomas Jefferson, who played the violin, used music to woo his wife, Martha, who pla ... More >>
Many moons ago, I worked at an Applebee's Bar & Grill. It's been a while since I threw in the apron, but to this day I still cannot listen to a handful of songs that were on a torturous loop at the neighborhood bar and grill, including "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, "Joy to the World" ... More >>
Earlier today I spent as much time as I could, which wasn't anywhere near close to enough, listening to a song Wilco posted to YouTube late yesterday: the band performing The Band's "The Weight" backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago, joined by show-opener Nick Lowe and Mavis Staples, who ... More >>
An old friend who knows of my lifelong love affair with Steely Dan sends this note I somehow managed to miss: Chuck Rainey, the band's more-or-less bassist from Pretzel Logic in '74 to Gaucho six years later, suffered a stroke Friday night. Susan Rainey, the second Mrs., writes on the official we ... More >>
Moments ago, an old Friend of Unfair Park sent along this obituary that appeared on Variety's website last night: Guitar great Cornell Dupree died at his Fort Worth home Sunday at the age of 69. For those unfamiliar with the name, you're certainly well-versed in his estimable body of work -- which e ... More >>
10. Was it just me or did Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Sean Combs sound just like Mike Tyson? 9. Acceptance speeches are always fascinating. Last night Lady Gaga thanked Whitney Houston and Arcade Fire thanked all of Canada. But strangest of all, Train lead singer Pat Monahan gave a shoutout to Howar ... More >>
Another Tuesday rolls around and it's another intriguing collection of musical options. A great night to drown those baseball sorrows.
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, August 5, 2010...Kings of Leon aren't messing around and intend to capitalize on the success Only By The Night by releasing a new disc this fall.Sooooo... apparently Wyclef was serious about a Haitian Presidential bid. Aretha Franklin was forced t ... More >>
America gave up 33 million votes last night. I'm not sure who I would've swapped Big Mike for to keep him out of the Bottom Three, but I would've definitely put Aaron Kelly in there instead of Fort Worth's Casey James. The B3 announcement came relatively quickly in the show, after a Rascal F ... More >>
Last night, we got to see the Top 10 taking the stage with soul and R&B hits from the likes of Chaka Khan, Aretha and domestic threat Chris Brown. Oh, and we also got to watch the weirdest backstage camera shots ever. Mmm, creepy voyeurism...Usher served as the mentor this week and somet ... More >>
Saturday, September 12, at The Granada Theater
What you see below is a time-lapse video of Los Angeles-based Steven Lopez painting Erykah Badu's portrait -- something the artist did for his "After Midnight" series that also includes the likes of Tina Turner, Minnie Ripperton and Aretha Franklin. Comes word today, via Paul Levatino, that Lopez an ... More >>
Willie and the Wheel (Bismeaux Productions)
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know the Mavs have the NBA's longest sellout streak at 301 games, but the fans at American Airlines Center just don't get it. Thursday night's tense game with the Celtics was tied at 91 until Boston's P ... More >>
From the monolithic high-definition screens at Victory Park this morning, Rick Warren prayed; Aretha Franklin belted out "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" from beneath a killer hat; and Joe Biden became VP. The crowd of locals -- a few hundred gathered in the sunshine at one end of the square, trying to ke ... More >>
A friend recalls the legendary record man
Jerry Wexler in 1979. (AP) Sad news today, as the AP reports that Jerry Wexler died at 3:45 a.m. this morning at the age of 91. The man who coined the term "Rhythm and Blues," he was a hugely influential partner at Atlantic in the 1950s and '60s. He produced Aretha Franklin's take on Otis Redding' ... More >>
There's a quick little Dallas dig buried deep in this online MTV News round-up piece (mainly about Aretha Franklin not being so into Beyonce's Grammy performance). In an item about the upcoming Radiohead tour, the piece reads: "The last confirmed venue/date is May 18 at the awesomely named SuperPag ... More >>
Just a Little Lovin' (Lost Highway)
Not to drop hints or anything, but Xmas is coming, and Forever Young is open, sooo...
See the Queen of Soul live
AJ Croce takes the stage at Bend Studio
Her Cowboys spirit is willing, but her rhythm is weak
Jungle Jim and the Voodoo Tiger ( Memphis International)
Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.
Mind, Body & Soul (S-Curve)
Promotion was the priority at the Dallas Music Festival
It's a view to a thrill
The Bellrays perform March 6 at Gypsy Tea Room, with 20 Miles and Bob Log III.
Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
Come Away With Me (Blue Note)
Chitlin Circuit Soul (Rhino Records)
Magic 102.1-FM "Jammin' Oldies"
The BellRays lay the groundwork for a soul-punk revolt
What's Not To Like?
Beatin' down hip-hop in 1998 like a stepchild
It's deja vu all over again with the rerelease of The Big Chill
Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin
Cornell Dupree is the ultimate un-showoff
Is bass legend Chuck Rainey falling through the cracks?