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David Bowie: Sometimes Three Years Are Better Than Five

Lost in the shock of David Bowie’s death is the fact that it’s only a little more than three years since fans were wondering if we’d ever hear new music from him again. If we didn’t, that was OK. His two most recent albums, Heathen

Clapton. Then SRV. Now Gary Clark Jr?

In the same way that humans share about 50% of our DNA with bananas, the blues is at the core of an amazingly wide array of music. Some connections are obvious, like the 3-chord, 12-bar structure of many rock and folk songs. Others are more

What Would Bowie Do?

I know I’m not alone in being absolutely stunned at the news of David Bowie’s passing this week. He had just marked his 69th birthday with the release of a new album, “Blackstar,” his first since 2013’s “The Next Day” which in itself marked a

The Best Band You’ve Never Heard

Growing up in Baltimore in the 70s, I would tune in to WKTK or 98 Rock to hear my favorite performers. Bowie. Queen. Elton. Zeppelin. And Crack The Sky. When I left Maryland, I found my college buddies loved all the same music with one

An Instrument that Remade Jazz, Rock, Soul and R&B

The Hammond organ is one of the most beguiling instruments ever devised. It’s the gritty, soulful underbelly of so many fabulous tunes that some entire genres can’t be imagined without it. Think “Gimme Some Lovin’” by Spencer Davis Group, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by