Saturday, April 4, 2009

Ross Halfin...great rock & roll photog...can also cut thru the B.S.

Ross Halfin has produced some of the greatest rock & roll pics around. He's equally as talented in cutting thru the ridiculous behavior of his clients. Check out his blog:

Happy b'day to the late Berry Oakley!

The Allman Bros. member would have turned 61 today. He died from a motorcycle accident in '72.

Happy b'day to the late, great Muddy Waters!

Muddy would have turned 94 today. He passed on in '83. Levon Helm named his beautiful pit bull after him. Water & Helm produced an amazing blues / rock album @ Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY back in the 70's.

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck's "facebook" page.

Awesome VT-based band that frequently teams up w/ Levon Helm. The band's 2nd to last album's title Spend It All is based on The Band's Richard Manuel's frequent quote according to Helm. Whenever things got dicey in the studio, etc., for The Band, Manuel would belt out "spend it all!" Thayer claims he had to use his credit card to front the finances for that album during its production.

Friday, April 3, 2009

"The Band" live forty years ago.

Although April 10, 1969 @ Winterland in San Fran, CA is more recognizable as The Band's first legit live performance as The Band, it did perform w/ Steppenwolf & numerous others @ NY's Fillmore East March 28, 1969.

Anniversary of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

It hit the charts 44-yrs ago today.

"Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" induction wkd.

The rock & roll inductees, including Jeff Beck, Metallica & Bobby Womack, will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this wkd in Cleveland, OH.

"Addicted to Vinyl" another wonderful blog.

Matt operates a very cool blog called Addicted to Vinyl. It is frequently updated & recently he posted about Crawdaddy founder (Paul) who is in need of assistance following a long recovery from a '95 motorcycle accident. The above pic is of Paul taken by Michael Stipe. Here's a link to Matt's post relative to this important item:

"Best of Classic Rock" blog another great source of info.

Rick D. runs another very cool classic rock & roll blog called The Best of Classic Rock & is updated daily. Definitely check it out as many of us bloggers love to network & promote each other's hard work:

"Rock and Roll Guru" site a treat.

A great way to start your day is to visit this site. Many classic rock & roll posts & updates.

"The Band" video clips featured on "Rock Peaks."

"The Band The Band" tribute band to perform two Richard Manuel celebration shows this wkd.

From The Band The Band tribute band's Myspace update:

The music of THE BAND is back!

If you love and miss THE BAND, here's your chance to experience the next best thing! The THE BAND Band has been lauded by critics as being "as close as it gets to the real thing," performing timeless classics such as "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and “Up On Cripple Creek” from The Band's legendary repertoire.

Special birthday tribute to Richard Manuel!Saturday, April 4th, 8:00 and 10:30The Turning Point, Piermont, NYCome on out and catch the show!

Happy b'day to the late Richard George Manuel!

Richard would have turned 66 today. Too soon gone!

Jimi Hendrix home recordings to soon be auctioned.

Recordings include a rendition of Bob Dylan / Richard Manuel Tears of Rage:

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"American Beauty" 2007 live performance. now has available for download or cd purchase the November '07 American Beauty live performance in MA featuring Ollabelle members, Larry & Teresa Campbell, & Catherine Russell.

Levon Helm autographed drum stick from one of his "Midnight Rambles" for auction.

Someone who attended a Levon Helm Midnight Ramble in '04 has a signed (more like initialed) drum stick that he or she acquired during the evening up for auction on eBay. Bidding starts @ just under $25.00:

Garth Hudson autographed guitar pick guard for auction.

The same New York Autographs firm that is selling the Robbie Robertson autographed pick guard also has a Garth Hudson signature for auction on eBay for $500.00 w/ video proof of the signing:

Happy b'day to the late Leon Wilkeson!

The Lynyrd Skynyrd member would have turned 57 today. He passed away in '01.

Happy b'day to the late Marvin Gaye!

Marvin would have turned 70 today.

Happy b'day Emmylou Harris!

The beautiful singer is 62 today. We will always love her rendition of Evangeline w/ The Band.

Robbie Robertson autographed guitar pick & video proof.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

John Simon is back performing live in NY.

The great John Simon is back from his Florida break & is playing tonight from 8-11 PM w/ the Great Ellenville (NY) Trio @ Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville, NY. If you have not been, it is a great time & absolutely wonderful food. John is known not only for his own musical work, but also w/ The Band, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Janis Joplin & numerous others. This is a pic of John playing the piano @ Aroma Thyme Bistro.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bob Dylan "Rolling Stone" article posted online today.

Levon Helm March 21st "Midnight Ramble" pics.

Helmland recently posted pics from the March 21st Midnight Ramble. Guests included David Keyes, Garth Hudson, Donald Fagen & Jay Collins. Here's the link:

Woodstock '09 gathering "Rolling Stone" online article.

Is it going to happen?

Happy b'day Graeme Edge!

The Moody Blues drummer is either 67 or 68 depending on who you believe.

Happy b'day to Eric Clapton!

Slowhand turns 64 today.

Happy b'day to the late Sonny Boy Williamson!

It's unconfirmed, but the great bluesman would have turned 95 today. Great influence on The Band.

Bob Dylan free download - today only.