I am, and always will be, a blues guitarist.
“I found my God in music and the arts, with writers like Hermann Hesse, and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him.”
….Paul Simon writes great songs. George Harrison great songs, a lot of people, Eric Clapton produces wonderful music.
~Bob Dylan (Press Conference, July 1981)
Robbie Robertson inducts Eric Clapton Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000:
“The Rain Song” is one of Zep’s finest moments, featuring a soaring string arrangement and a gentle, aching melody. “The Ocean” is just as good, starting with a heavy, funky guitar groove before slamming into an a cappella section and ending with a swinging, doo wop-flavored rave-up. With the exception of the rampaging opening number, “The Song Remains the Same,” the rest of Houses of the Holy is fairly straightforward, ranging from the foreboding “No Quarter” and the strutting hard rock of “Dancing Days” to the epic folk/metal fusion “Over the Hills and Far Away.” Throughout the record, the band’s playing is excellent, making the eclecticism of Page and Robert Plant’s songwriting sound coherent and natural.” – Thomas Erlewine (allmusic)
March 25: Jimi Hendrix released Band of Gypsys in 1970 45 years ago
Baby Child as a man as a living grain of sand… Sitting on the ever changing shore, Greeting the sunrise… Picked up upon the Gypsy woman, Hair Flaming Night as ravens even sleep…rainbow cloth Tambourine complimenting her chant and choice of graces, And Love Her God…
– Jimi Hendrix
Band of Gypsys is a live album and a band, but it isn’t any kind of band. It is the band that was formed by Jimi Hendrix after The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Band of Gypsys (the band) is Jimi Hendrix backed by Billy Cox (bass) and Buddy Miles (drums). They made one album before Jimi Hendrix died, but what an album!
Gangstabilly, DBT’s debut, was largely overlooked when first released. It is a good straight rock album with some classic songs. The Living Bubba, 18 wheels of love and Buttholeville are still favourites at their live shows.
18 Wheels of love, live:
The album was recorded “live in the studio” over the course of two days and was produced by Andy Baker and Andy LeMaster. The album’s cover art was created by Jim Stacy. The album was rereleased in 2005 by New West Records along with the band’s second studio effort, Pizza Deliverance.