Charlie Daniels

*Charlie Daniels passed away this morning at the age of 83. The 1970’s in the American south was truly a time of innovation, recognition and acclaim. A Georgia peanut farmer won the White House, Muscle Shoals became the center of the music world, a couple bands from Jacksonville would create and expand an entirely new genre. And there would be a session musician and master of anything with strings from Wilmington, North Carolina named Charlie Daniels that would end up tying all of that transcendence together. Daniels first success as a musician came in the studios of Nashville, but it

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Going Live: The Hits

What does live music look like now? What will it look like moving forward? There is so much uncertainty and too many unknowns to predict what it will look like with any degree of specificity. Since around March 16 it’s looked like a flurry of live streamed performances across various social media platforms. There have been hits and misses. We started our very own GW Covid Concert Series back in that mid March timeframe with Jack Barksdale. We attempted to be innovative and involve Twitch, Instagram and YouTube as the platforms. It sounded and looked great. The interface was super

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John Prine

*John Prine passed away on April 7, 2020 from complications related to the Covid19 virus at the age of 73. The first time I heard about John Prine was from a buddy of mine in college. We’d just arrived home from a raucous Todd Snider show, blasting Jerry Jeff Walker on the way home. As the key unlocked the navy blue door bellowing the four of us into a standard twenty-something after party, the first thing that caught my eye was a newly unboxed Jimmy Buffett box set. This was back when box sets were a big deal. My buddy

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Quarantine Comfort Courtesy of Diamonds, Gasoline and Rollercoasters

Social media is currently a small, wooden boat carelessly adrift in a sea of fear, anxiety, boredom and general listlessness. It has given rise to creeping paranoia, despair and a flood of mini-polling data that now informs you as to what 10 random things your friends don’t like, which Tiger King character you most identify with and how much certain friends resemble their firstborn child. In the spirit of the times and a disrupted sleep pattern that found me up way too early on a Sunday morning, we tossed out the query “If you could only listen to one album

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Supergroup Panhandling

Supergroups are a difficult task to undertake.  They’re equally challenging to evaluate. The exploit of participating in a supergroup has rarely been done well.  It falls flat more often than not. The exceptions being bands like The Highwaymen, The Highwomen, Traveling Wilburys, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver. Often the individual parts are greater than the whole.  Flashes of brilliance streak across the vanity of the project and give glimpses of greatness while never quite ever achieving the overall brilliance that the solo artists had achieved themselves.  That brings us to the most recent supergroup and the first

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