Tea For One

Robert Plant Throwback: Little Hands Skip Spence

While we are still reeling from Robert Plant's recent live tour and the mystical, Lullabye and The Ceaseless Roar, followed by the LP More Roar, our trusty rock historian, record collector, Paul Gorse, reminded us of Plant's impeccable embrace of all music genres over the decades. Plant's 1999 tribute to Skip Spence showed up in my box this week.  More Oar is a reminder that Plant's entanglement of his own musical (Moby) grape vine has never let go.

BBR Singles 2013

Every Spring, BBR writer, Al Whirly sends in a collection of up to date folk, pop, and indie songs that he thinks are stand outs from the prior year. Sometimes he is right on the money in predicting listener bliss and other times, the spins could very well be a quick frisbee. Let's take a listen to the Whirly picks for 2013.

Deer Tick

The Dream's In The Ditch


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Why We Love Gordon Lightfoot

~For Mary.

Why Do We Love Gordon Lightfoot?

Canadian singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot is still going strong at beyond 80 and we wanted to give our gratitude for his music in our hearts and minds. I grew up with his music on my WABC radio. "Sundown" "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Rainy Day People" were popular tunes and his name was quickly a household word back then. His warm, textured voice is comforting in any situation. When he sings of tragedy, such as the "Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald" you want to listen and hear the story, because he reflects the tales from the subject's perspective.

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Hear Motown Guitarist Eddie Willis, as Detroit "Back To Class" Benefit Project Continues.

Drew Schultz, from the Back To Class project, released Back To Class, a CD that benefited the public school music programs in Detroit with The Four Tops and a ton of other old-school Motown artists as featured guests. Read that post here: Classic Soul Sunday: New Music From Four Tops Drummer, Drew Shultz, with Heavy Soul Line-up.

This coming Sunday, September 1st, the dynamic drummer will be releasing a follow up single featuring Eddie Willis, original guitarist of Motown's studio recording band, The Funk Brothers. Eddie is the guitarist on almost every Detroit-era Motown hit by folks like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Contours, Mary Wells, Junior Walker & The All Stars, Edwin Starr, and many more. As with the original CD, 50% of the profits will go to benefit the music programs at the Detroit Public Schools. This is the first in a line of singles, and he plans on branching the project out to other cities as well.  

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Ray Mason sings "Listening to Records (In My Room)"

For the love of album credits! Spin it!

"There are no chords to this song" ~ Ray Mason, the man and his Silvertone.

Pioneer Valley singer-songwriter Ray Mason of The Ray Mason Band and the Lonesome Brothers rolled out a wonderful tune this Spring that reflects the pure joy of listening to records and dreaming of starting a band.

Our favorite lyric of this new song?

"Listening to records in my room, while reading liner notes. Learning something different every time. 

They're so fine!

Like a book off a shelf, or a train on its track, I'm on this trip and I'm never coming back!"

Who needs eggs benedict when you can have a cup of coffee and eat some liner notes for breakfast? Join us!

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Grapefruit Moon By Tom Waits

Looking out at the summer moon tonight, two days after the solstice, I can't help but think of this song.

From the iconic, 1973 album, Closing Time. Tom Waits carries his voice, clear and gritty, with piano accompaniment. The Grapefruit Moon and its impact on the changing tide is the symbol of the little control that we actually have over so many things in life.

The one star shining, is the hope, the light,  the focus, of this ballad. Waits remains Waits, smoking his cigarette, while he strives for purity. He can only be himself, pure Waits. And for this, the listener gains great comfort. You are never alone listening to this blues great. Just look out your window.

Grapefruit moon, one star shining, shining down on me.
Heard that tune, and now I'm pining, honey, can't you see?
Cause every time I hear that melody, well, something breaks inside,
And the grapefruit moon, one star shining, can't turn back the tide.

Never had no destination, could not get across.
You became my inspiration, oh but what a cost.
Cause every time I hear that melody, well, something breaks inside,
And the grapefruit moon, one star shining, is more than I can hide.

Now I'm smoking cigarettes and I strive for purity,
And I slip just like the stars into obscurity.
Cause every time I hear that melody, well, puts me up a tree,
And the grapefruit moon, one star shining, is all that I can see.

Closing Time is the debut studio album by the American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in March 1973 on Asylum Records. Produced and arranged by former Lovin' Spoonful member Jerry Yester, Closing Time was the first of seven of Waits' major releases through Asylum, the final being Heartattack and Vine (1980).

Closing Time Album Credits:

MusiciansTom Waits – vocals, piano, celeste, guitar

Delbert Bennett – trumpet

Shep Cooke – guitar; backing vocals on "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You" and "Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)"

Peter Klimes – guitar

Bill Plummer – bass guitar

John Seiter – drums, backing vocals

Guest musicians

Arni Egilsson – bass guitar on "Closing Time" (Instrumental)

Jesse Ehrlich – cello

Tony Terran – trumpet on "Closing Time" (Instrumental)

Interesting Facts:

The album is noted for being predominantly folk influenced although Waits intended for Closing Time to be "a jazz, piano-led album." Upon release, the album was mildly successful in the United States, although it did not chart and received little attention from music press in the United Kingdom and elsewhere internationally. The album's only single—"Ol' '55"—attracted attention due to a cover version by Waits' better-known label mates The Eagles. Other songs from the album were covered by artists ranging from Tim Buckley to Bette Midler. The album has been certified Gold in the United Kingdom[9] and has gained a contemporary cult following among rock fans. The album has been reissued four times since its initial release; on LP in 1976, on CD in 1992 and 1999, and 180 gram LP in 2010.

BJ Thomas With Keb' Mo: Most Of All

BJ Thomas is joined by Grammy winning bluesman Keb' Mo' on this newly recorded acoustic version of BJ's 1971 hit "Most Of All" from the CD "The Living Room Sessions".  

Available at AmazoniTunes, www.bjthomas.com, and www.wrinkledrecords.com .

BJ Thomas is one of our all time favorite singer-songwriters from the 1960's and he is still going strong. His velvet voice, command of the lyrical word, reassuring tones and amazing songwriting styles have made him a timeless entity for music lovers world wide. Read our live show review and our meeting encounter with Mr. Thomas here.

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Bob Dylan: Early Mornin Rain

We've seen Bob Dylan and His Band twice in the past few years. When he comes through the Western Mass area, the homage to this poet-songwriter legend is a tradition. No photos, no fanfare, no announcement, just the show.

In my research, preparing to write up the review of the recent live performance, I revisited, Self Portrait. From Columbia Records, Dylan released a highly criticized double album of covers, 'as a joke' to 'get everyone off his back, and end the spokesman of a generation tags.'

Despite reactions from Greil Marcus of Rolling Stone, 'What is this shit?'* the album went gold in the US, where it hit #4, and gave Dylan yet another UK #1 hit before it fell down the charts.

One of the songs that has stayed with me from this double album of covers and varied folk productions is 'Early Mornin' Rain'. A Gordon Lightfoot tune from Lightfoot! , I could swear I heard Dylan smile while he was singing this song. Understanding the context of the entire record, maybe he was!

*Greil Marcus, "Self Portrait No. 25", in Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader (1970), p. 74 (Benjamin Hedin, ed., 2004).

Tea For One Thursdays

We run a "Tea For One" feature every Thursday on Facebook. Readers write in to suggest a favorite song. We all have more than one, so the list keeps growing. You know, it's one of those songs that makes you drive around the block a few times until it's done. Or a single from an album that elevates the entire record. Join the fun, post your favorite song in the comments section or visit us on Facebook.

 From Sandy - Hailing Virgil and The Accelerators.


From Adam - "Watch Out"

From Adam -The The "Infected"

From Adam -

From Adam - "One of the best"

From Adam - "Nostalgic" "Best if played loud" 


So which is YOUR favorite version of this song?

Originally by George Harrison, "I Dig Love" just gets better with time.

Harrison has the echo voice the rocks!


WE DIG LOVE ... Can you dig it??

"I Dig Love" by the Black Crowes!

Bring on the blues!


The latest we've heard is by folk/rock/indie band DAWES with Ben Sollee. With the percussion played by Griffin Goldsmith on rubber trash cans at the Newport Folk Festival ...

Paste Magazine captured the groovy moment - Diggin it !

Click on the link below to see the great rendition of this classic soul catcher!


Bluebirdreviews - We Dig Love!





Out On The Tiles

Black Country Communion LIVE at the Hampton Beach Casino, June 17, 2011

Black Country Communion, "building the foundation of rock!"

Photos and Review by Bluebird.

ghjb4webGlenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham. Elegant and explosive, wild and restrained, professional and engaging, they presented a show to a sold out crowd in New Hampshire on Friday night that exceeded the expectations of some very experienced rock fans of all ages.

They set out to tour the US coast to coast, just days after the release of their second album, BCC 2. Their first album was debuted September, 2010. Each of these musicians with full careers of their own, has pulled together their collective talents and experience to create a new sound that has key elements of classic blues guitar, poignant bass lines, progressive/fusion keyboarding, and legendary drum arrangements.  Powerful vocals from Hughes and Bonamassa prevail and are mixed with harmony pieces from the band as well. Experienced listeners can't help but hear the flavors, echos, feel of their favorite bands from which these musicians come, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Trapeze, Dream Theatre, and more, are of influence, yet all the while a modern sound is in your face.

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