Saturday, May 16, 2009

Shangri-La (Malibu) on "facebook."

The studio where The Band & numerous other artists made wonderful music.

Happy b'day Roger Earl!

The Foghat drummer turns 63 today.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Plochmann Lane" blog now on

"Plochmann Lane" blog now on

Jane's Addiction's "A Cabinet of Curiosities" sampler.

Thanks to our good "virtual" friend Barbara (aka Layla), who operates @ least a couple of very cool classic rock blogs, we received from her a sampler cd of Jane's Addiction's new release A Cabinet of Curiosities. The sampler includes:

1. Mountain Song (Radio Tokyo Demo)

2. Up the Beach (Demo)

3. Stop! (Demo)

4. No One's Leaving (Demo)

5. Been Caught Stealing (12" Remix)

6. Ripple

7. L.A. Medley (Live)

8. 1% (Live)

9. Ain't No Right (Live)

10. Ocean Size (Live)

Thanks, Barbara!

Nice pics posted on Joan Baez's website from the May 3rd Pete Seeger b'day bash @ MSG.

Remembering Keith Relf today...

It was 33-yrs ago today that The Yardbirds vocalist passed away @ the age of 33.

Happy b'day Jack Bruce!

The Cream member turns 66 today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Robbie Robertson requests your assistance w/ his next solo album's title.

"The Turning Point" has hosted 35 separate "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" members.

Interesting "Music From Big Pink" original liner note trivia question.

Earlier today, Robbie Robertson's son Sebastian, who operates facebook's official The Band page, posed a trivia question relative to who prosed the original '68 The Band's Music From Big Pink album liner notes. Jan Hoiberg's The Band website provides the answer:

"The Band is familiar with firsts. On their debut album, Music from Big Pink, with a Bob Dylan painting on the cover and a group photograph of their "Next of Kin" inside, the liner notes read: "A pink house seated in the sun of Overlook Mountain in West Saugerties, New York. Big Pink bore this music and these songs along its way. It's the first witness of this album that's been thought and composed right there inside its walls." Most people think that the notes are a poem. They're right. The poem was written by the woman who is married to Robbie Robertson, a Qu├ębecoise whose name is Dominique. It was the first time she'd written anything in a language other than her native French."
It was Sebastian's mom who penned the original liner notes.

Visit Carol Caffin's "Rick Danko" "Facebook" page for some great newly posted John Scheele pics.

John Scheele snapped this pic of Rick Danko & Todd Rundgren palying chess back in the early '70s . Rundgren worked w/ The Band to record the album Stage Fright @ the Woodstock (NY) Playhouse. Thanks goes out to Rick's former publicist Carol Caffin for providing this pic & others on her Rick Danko facebook page.

Very cool video by a Levon Helm fan who experienced the "Midnight Ramble."

There is no other live venue like Levon Helm's residence / studio @ 160 Plochmann Lane in Woodstock, NY:

Jerry Garcia's '75 live "Winterland" performance of "The Band's" "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

The Band "facebook" page to hold trivia contest.

Sebastian Robertson, Robbie's (frmrly of The Band) son, operates the official The Band facebook page & he is holding a trivia contest w/ a prize going to the winner. Check it out now as he is requesting prize ideas prior to providing the trivia question:

Chris Bergson Band update.

From Chris' newsletter:

Moulin Blues - Ospel, Netherlands 5/1/09
The Chris Bergson Band is back in New York, having just returned from their tour of the Netherlands! They had a fantastic time on this tour and are hoping to return to Europe soon. Some of the shows in the Netherlands have already made their way onto YouTube. Click here to watch the Chris Bergson Band performing live in the Netherlands at Groningen Rhythm and Blues Night:
You can check out more tour photos here:
I hope you can come see the band’s first show back in New York – the Chris Bergson Band will be performing this Friday at Rodeo Bar. Come by to hear some new tunes and stories from the road.
Rodeo Bar
Friday, May 15
10:30 PM – 2 AM
375 Third Ave. (at E. 27th St.)
No Cover
w/ Jay Collins – tenor sax, backing vocals / Matt Clohesy – bass / Tony Leone – drums

Coming in June…
Colony Cafe – Woodstock, NY
Friday, June 19
I hope you can make it out!
Chris Bergson is a Brooklyn based Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter.
For complete show schedule, MP3s, bio, and photos, please visit: <> and <>

Happy b'day Pete Merrigan!

Our local New England musician, who sounds much like John Hiatt & does a great version of The Band's Cripple Creek, is celebrating his b'day today.

Happy b'day Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz!

The J. Geils Band member turns 64 today.

Happy b'day to Pete "Overend" Watts!

The Mott the Hoople member turns 62 today.

Happy b'day Joe Brown!

The singer / guitarist turns 68 today.

Happy b'day to the late Richie Valens!

The La Bamba musician would have turned 68 today.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 presents Bob Dylan's new video.

Beyond Here Lies Nothin':

Jay Collins to perform free jazz @ "Kegan's Ales" in Kingston, NY Sunday.

Join Jay Collins (Levon Helm's son-in-law) & some friends who will perform free jazz music beginning @ 7:30 PM this Sunday @ Kegan's Ales in Kingston, NY.

Own a piece of the chain link fence from Woodstock '69.

Peace pendants fabricated from the chain link fence on site @ Woodstock '69.

Happy b'day Ian McLagan!

The Faces member turns 64 today.

Happy b'day Steve Winwood!

Steve turns 61 today. He is participating in Robbie Robertson's upcoming solo album.

Monday, May 11, 2009

New Steve Earle album "Townes" hits stores tomorrow.

Cool "Woodstock 2009" site.

Follow news of Woodstock 2009 yearlong celebrations for the 40th Woodstock '69 anniversary w/

"Yep Roc Records" a great live download source.

You can nail down some great live downloads from artists, such as Ollabelle & John Doe & The Sadies.

Jim Weider, Levon Helm & Garth Hudson

From Jim Weider's News section on his website:

"Song to Soul"

TOKYO BROADCASTING SYSTEM -- Jim Weider will appear with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson in "Song to Soul" 60-minute weekly music documentary program on TBS' satellite channelin Japan on "THE BAND" The show will be aired on May 13th at 11 PM all over Japan, on satellite channel of TBS called BS-TBS. and rerun on the following week on May 20 at 11 PM.TBS is one of the largest and the most popular network in Japan. ( -- Taku Nishimae

David Zuck's "Rick Danko" abstract art.

David Zuck, webmaster for Garth & Maud Hudson & an artist in his own right, posted these very cool Rick Danko abstract art paintings on Carol Caffin's Rick Danko facebook page. Here is David's description of the painting's production for the guitar-playing Rick painting:

Abstract oil of Rick that I made from a photo of a frame from his instructional Homespun Video on bass playing... I was gonna make the face more realistic... but my critique panel at the art studio where I sometimes check-in said "No no noooo!"... so there you go... Fast and furious in my blue style... where I first paint the canvas blue... then get lost looking at it a while... before trying to sculpt something out of the whirling blue...

And for the other Rick painting:

I made this oil painting for my friend Diane, an unrepentent Danko fan hehehe... Note the mischevious devilish hair horns... Source photo is a favorite photo of probably many a fan including, me thinks me remembers, Carol Caffin... who is the reason for me sending this here... Love what she is doing for Rick!... Thanks and love to you, Carol!...

Check out Carol's Rick Danko facebook page for more art & pics of the amazing The Band vocalist & bassist & solo artist:

Happy b'day Butchie Trucks!

The Allman Bros. drummer turns 62 today.

Happy b'day Eric Burdon!

The Animals frontman turns 68 today.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy b'day Donovan!

Donovan turns 66 today.

Happy b'day Sonny Curtis!

The Crickets member turned 72 yesreday.

Happy b'day Richard Furay!

The Buffalo Springfield member turned 65 yesterday.

To all of the wonderful moms out there!