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The Soul of Rock and Roll Mourns Jay Bennett

I'm sad to once again have to report the death of a great musician. Jay Bennett, age 45 was found dead just this past Sunday in his home in Urbana IL. A member of Titanic Love Affair and Wilco, as well as having an extensive solo career, Bennett's songwriting is unique, powerful and complex...the music community is surely a less creative place without him.

Still Grateful to See the Dead Jamming Live: A Concert Review

As someone who didn't grow up during the 1960s, being enamored with the music of that era has always left me feeling a little detached. Most of my favorite bands/artists stopped touring years before I was even born and in many cases their albums proceeded me by as many as 20 years! That may not have tempered my love of those bands any, but it has left me a little unsatisfied in terms of attending concerts.

Rock and Roll Feature: A Ghost is Born from Wilco

This is the twenty-fourth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Well last month's feature was a classic album, from the original metal founders straight out of Britain, Black Sabbath. And so for the feature this month... something completely different!

The Original Country Twang of Hank Williams

In the past, I'll admit that I've held a bit of a grudge against country music. It's not that I consider it any less of an art form, or valid musically than any of the other genres, I just haven't been able to connect with country artists as I have with the artists of other genres. That isn't to say that I don't like any country music. Instead I think that my lack of connection is a product entirely of the more recent country scene, as the country artists who I really dig, tend to be the originals, like Johnny Cash, and the man I thought worth sharing today: Hank Williams.

Playing Like it Actually Ii the Farewell Tour: The Eagles - A Concert Review

September was a good month for concerts here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll, and because of that, I can post some concert reviews this month. I was able to see two of the amazing shows, by two very different artists, at two very different venues, amazingly making for two incredible, but very different shows. And it just so happened that they both happened within a few days of each other, making for one stellar week for me.

Tribute to LeRoi Moore

Sadly it appears as if another great musician has left us recently. LeRoi Moore, founding member and saxophonist (and general woodwind player) for the Dave Matthews Band passed away the other day at 43 from complications after a vehicle accident earlier this summer.

James Taylor: One Man Band

A few nights ago I was watching PBS again (no surprise by now I expect) and I caught another interesting concert event: James Taylor: One Man Band. The show was songs taken from the CD/DVD set of the same name that was released just last year. Now, I'm not a huge James Taylor fan compared to some, but I do appreciate his music and thing many of his songs and many of he early albums are complete classics. I've seen James Taylor live before, but this particular event really caught my eye because it is just Taylor on stage with his guitar(s) and keyboardist/pianist Larry Goldings.

Earthy, Bluesy Folk Stomp from Bonepony

What is it about folk and blues music... the earthy place rock and roll began... that I keep coming back to and keeps speaking to me? Maybe it's the earthy authenticity and honesty, or the rich heritage... I don't know exactly what it is, but I like it. I like it so much that I'm even up late nights when I probably shouldn't be, listening to new artists on our local PBS stations when they show footage from blues and folk festivals/concerts far and wide.

Rock & Roll Feature: Led Zeppelin, Birth of the Legend

This is the thirteenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Rare Footage of Woody Guthrie Performing Live

When I really started to listen to the music of Bob Dylan was when I first heard about Woodie Guthrie. An American folk legend, Guthrie has had tremendous impact not only on Dylan and other folk artists, but the entire music industry and society as a whole. Moving to Guthrie's music after listening to Dylan and many other folk artists, was like stepping back in time for me. It was like when I first heard Robert Johnson or Chuck Berry. Suddenly I could see Guthrie's influence everywhere and entire genres just seemed to make more sense.

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