Archive for July, 2009
Eddie Hazel was most famous for his incredible lead guitar playing in Parliament Funkadelic. In 1977, Hazel recorded Guitars, Dames, and Guitar Thangs with support from members of Parliament Funkadelic. “What About It?” is a great song off the album. While it doesn’t feature him ripping crazy solos, it has a really cool groove. Check out Maggot Brain if you want to see some ripping guitar solos.
@rebirthBB Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans brass band founded in 1982. I got a chance to see these guys in their home town last week at Maple Leaf Bar which is a great place to see bands in New Orleans. They are also coming around to The State Theatre in Virginia on August 13 and my band has the opening spot. Come by if you want to hear some old school funk music followed by some great original New Orleans style brass music.
There are a lot of great versions of “The Chicken” out there. This one has one the coolest bass solos I have ever seen performed by Tom Kennedy. Dave Weckyl, the drummer, is showing how the masters really listen to solos and adapt their playing to complement the soloist.
Most people have without a doubt heard the song “Vehicle” by Ides of March. It was a major U.S. hit in 1970 and was more recently seen on an advertising campaign by General Motors. Today a fellow musician sent over a Latin version of the song and it’s really good.
“Will It Go Round In Circles” was a number one hit in 1973 but I heard it for the first time last night at The Blues Club in New Orleans. Written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher, the song seems to get covered quite a bit. A quick search showed that Phish, String Cheese Incident, and Dave Matthews Band has covered the hit.
@ericeltonjohn “Take Me To The Pilot” seems to have been a popular Elton John song but I heard it for the first time today…so I consider it underplayed. It was actually written by Bernie Taupin who wrote the lyrics for “Rocket Man”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Candle in the Wind”, “Daniel”, and other Elton John tunes.