Great Tom Waits Song – Kentucky Avenue


Well, Eddie Grace’s Buick got four bullet holes in the side
And Charlie DeLisle is sittin’ at the top of an avocado tree
Mrs. Storm will stab you with a steak knife if you step on her lawn
I got a half a pack of Lucky Strikes, man, so come along with me
And let’s fill our pockets with macadamia nuts
And go over to Bobby Goodmanson’s and jump off the roof

Still more lushly sentimental was “Kentucky Avenue,” the great song of Waits’ childhood. One of his most unashamedly emotional outpourings, it mourned lost innocence with a compassion few other songwriters have ever attempted, let alone achieved. This wasn’t The Waltons—the lyric was full of wanton violence and vandalism—but as the song reached its climax, the love in Waits’ voice, heaved from his memory, was almost too much to bear.
-Barney Hoskyns (Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits)

Studio version:

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Classic concert: The Band live in Tokyo Japan 1983

This is a great show from Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan 1983! (september 1st, or maybe 2nd…)

From about 1983 until 1986, The Band consisted of original members Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, along with the four members of Fayetteville Arkansas’s Cate Brothers Band, Earl and Ernie Cate, Ron Eoff, and Terry Cagle. Terry is Levon’s nephew and plays and sings a lot like his Uncle Levon. Earl and Ernie play keys and amazing guitar, respectively. Ernie is a soulful singer. Ron is an accomplished bassist, and his presence allowed Rick Danko to play some acoustic guitar and fiddle, just as having Terry Cagle on drums freed Levon to play mandolin some.
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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 2003

Photo – Mason Ruffner

When I got into rock ‘n’ roll, I didn’t even think I had any option or alternative. It showed me where my future was, just like some people know they are going to be doctors or lawyers or shortstop for the New York Yankees.
– Bob Dylan (Nov 10, 2003)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Never ending tour 2003
Start date February 6, 2003
End date November 25, 2003
Legs 4
No. of shows 11 in Oceania
54 in North America
33 in Europe

98 in Total

Uneven year with a great last leg (Europe fall: Oct 9 – Nov 25).

Parking Lot Jillian’s
Louisville, Kentucky
30 April 2003

  • Bob Dylan (vocal)
  • Freddie Koella (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)

If Not For You

If not for you
Babe, I couldn’t find the door
Couldn’t even see the floor
I’d be sad and blue
If not for you



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August 8: Neil Young released “Like A Hurricane” in 1977, Watch 5 great live versions

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Once I thought I saw you
in a crowded hazy bar,
Dancing on the light
from star to star.
Far across the moonbeam
I know that’s who you are,
I saw your brown eyes
turning once to fire.

You are like a hurricane
There’s calm in your eye.
And I’m gettin’ blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I’m getting blown away.

This brilliant song (one of his best) was recorded on November 29, 1975 @ Broken Arrow Ranch, Woodside CA.

It was released as a single on August 8, 1977 & included on the album American Stars ‘n Bars (1977).

  • Neil Young – Lead guitar and lead vocals
  • Frank “Poncho” Sampedro – Stringman synthesizer and background vocals
  • Billy Talbot – Bass guitar and background vocals
  • Ralph Molina – Drums and background vocals

Produce by Neil Young, David Briggs & Tim Mulligan.

Studio version:

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Bob Dylan recorded “With God On Our Side” August 7, 1963 – Here are 7 Great Live Versions

Oh my name it ain’t nothin’
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I was taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that land that I live in
Has God on its side

Album version recorded:

Studio A
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
7 August 1963

The 2nd The Times They Are A-Changin’ session, produced by Tom Wilson.

Album version:

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Classic concert: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at Rockpalast 1999

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
1999-04-23
Live at Rockpalast
Hamburg Docks “The Docks”
Hamburg, Germany

This was only a couple of weeks after the release of the album Echo, an often overlooked and underrated album in the Petty discography. It’s a dark album, reflecting Petty’s life in this period. Tom Petty was initially unhappy with the record. According to biographer Warren Zanes, he struggled with a bad heroin habit at the time. Tom Petty’s feelings about the album could be related to what he was going through, rather than the musical content of the album. His failing marriage, difficult divorce, and the unsettled aftermath must have played a role. After the divorce, he lived a very isolated life for a while.

The songs on the album are very personal and naked, and once the album was finished, he didn’t want to go through the painful emotions depicted in the songs again. After the 1999 tour he did not revisit songs from Echo (with the exception of ‘Swingin’ on some dates on his final tour in 2017). Continue reading “Classic concert: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at Rockpalast 1999”