Scott Cruize

Scott Cruize
Monday – Friday 7:00 pm – Midnight
Saturday – Sunday 10am-1pm

Born and raised in the Seattle area, I have now spent more of my life in Boise than Seattle! From the College Of Idaho days in the early ’80’s, to the almost 30 since 1989, this has been home! Was it the fact that skiing is so close that brought me here in the first place? The fact that the parents were 500 miles away? The fact that there was a radio station (Terry Brown at 92.3, KIYS. Remember that station? It’s KIZN now!) that was willing to hire me? Well, yes on the last one (maybe two), but the Idaho outdoors in all it’s splendor is a BIG factor. Now, playing some of the greatest music ever created, I’m living the dream every night from 7 to midnight!



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Heart’s ALONE Covered

You might be wondering who is Floor Jansen?  She is the lead singer for Nightwish.  She has covered Heart’s Alone, and has done it quite well!!  earlier this month she released her version of Let it Go from Frozen….I have not listened to that, but I can imagine it is also a great cover.  This isn’t her first time performing the song…so when fans requested it on YouTube, it was an easy decision to do it.  Enjoy!

 

Scott

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It’s Like Two Toto Albums…

Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams, both of the band Toto, will be releasing solo albums next month.  On the same day, February 26th.  As a Toto fan I cannot wait to hear both.  Steve released a single not  long ago from his album I Found The Sun Again called Run To Me, and Joe makes an appearance in the video.  Now Joe has released Never Saw You Coming, and Steve makes an appearance.  Both songs are great, and February 26th can’t come soon enough!

Scott

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It’s here….

We’ve been watching Saturday Night Live this season.  I’m not going to say it’s been as good as the shows from the ’70’s, but I’ve laughed out loud a few times and have really enjoyed Weekend Update.  So we were going to watch anyway when the Foo Fighters were on last Saturday.  The new song Shame Shame was premiered, and honestly I wasn’t that impressed.  Then I saw the video of the studio version.  Oh, I like it now.  I especially like how Taylor’s drums really stand out….and not just because that’s in the comment section…it really sounds clean and crisp.  Oh, and the video is pretty good too.

 

Scott

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Two of my favorite guitar players together..

I don’t know when this happened, the video suggests somewhere around 2005, but I am glad I stumbled across it.  Steve Lukather sits down, with guitars, and talks to  Glen Campbell.  I sent the video to my Nashville friend David, and his response was “Sometimes I forget what a great guitar player Glen was!!!”  If you have forgotten, or didn’t know, give it a watch.  Well, give it a watch anyway, it’s only a little over eight minutes, and there is some incredible picking!

 

Scott

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It was the video I didn’t know I needed to see…

I don’t even remember what I was looking at or for on the internet, but a link to this video popped up and I was intrigued enough to click it.  I don’t want to say it was a mistake, but now the song is stuck in my head.  And since I like to share ear worms, here you go.  It’s a parody of the Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” by a band called The Fools.  IF you say Van Halen on their Fair Warning tour, and you were there for the opening act, then you might have seen The Fools.  Their take on “Psycho Killer” is Psycho “Chicken”.  You’re welcome!

 

Scott

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BÖC Has Another New Video

The new Blue Öyster Cult album The Symbol Remains was released October 9th, and I’ve listened to it quite a few times now.  I like it, there are certainly songs on it that really sound like BÖC.  The band has released another video, this one for “The Alchemist”.  Give it a watch…well worth it!

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Halloween Light Show?

I love Christmas lights on houses.  Whether they are simple strands that do nothing or elaborate displays set to music, I love Christmas lights. So when I saw that someone had done an elaborate Halloween light display, I was intrigued.   And when I heard it was set to Enter Sandman, I was hooked!  This is brilliant, and I only wish someone would do this in my neighborhood.

 

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So, how much Van Halen have you been listening to?

It’s still a shock, the death of Eddie Van Halen.  I think we all had some thought he was sicker than anyone was saying, but damn.  Going through and listening to my Van Halen, I realize once again that Fair Warning is my favorite album from VH.  Not sure why, it just seems to be the right combination of grit and polish.  And this video….it’s taken from a performance on Italian TV…and says right in the title…Lip Sync.  And it’s obvious!  Still, it shows the band on stage…”playing”, and it just happens to be my favorite song on the album.  so watch and smile….”Mean Street”.

 

Scott

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Re Imagine

Imagainos was released by Blue Öyster Cult in 1988 as their 111th studio album.  It wasn’t supposed to be that way.  It WAS supposed to be Albert Bouchard’s first solo album.  He was fired from the band in 1981, and BÖC tried and failed to have the album released in 1984, but it was rejected by the record label.  8 years and many other artists later…some say it was more a project of producer Sandy Pearlman than a BÖC album…it was released.  Now, Albert and his brother Joe are releasing Re Imaginos on November 6th.  They have released as the first track Black Telescope, and it is defiantly  worth a listen if you’re a fan of BÖC fan!

Scott

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Thanks Mac

Woke up this morning to hear of the passing of Mac Davis.  If you’re an Elvis fan you’ve heard some of the songs he’s written, of course he had a variety show in the 70’s, and a solo career.  For some reason this is the Mac Davis song that always stood out for me, one of those songs that you can’t take seriously but can’t seem to ignore.  So thanks Mac, and it IS hard to be humble!

 

Scott

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Time For New Blue Öyster Cult

The second video from the new BÖC has been released for “Box In My Head”  It’s the poppier of the two, but catchy as anything and in a strange way reminds me of “Goin’ Through The Motions” From Spectres.  SO take it in, the latest video form BLue Öyster Cult “Box In My Head” from the upcoming The Symbol Remains album.

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Time For Some New BÖC

I have been waiting for the new Blue Öyster Cult album, and now there is some to enjoy.  Two tracks have been released, “Box In My Head” and That Was Me”.  While I like them both, “That Was Me” rocks a bit harder.  And there is an official video for it, complete with a special guest appearance by original member Albert Bouchard.  The whole album The Symbol Remains is out October 9  Go ahead, give it a watch…

 

Scott

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The Flashback I Wasn’t Ready For

I have always enjoyed listening to Dr Demento, and one of  my first jobs in radio was playing the show on the air.  Off of vinyl.  I actually had quite a collection of old Demento lp’s until a leaky roof destroyed them.  Sad day.

I was on the phone with my mom the other day, and she made mention of her friend of 80 some years moving in to the same facility she is in.  I said that the management had better be ready for you two, and she said something to the effect that they may have to send the both of them off to the funny farm if they don’t behave.  And that made me flash back to this delightful Dr Demento favorite….”They’re Coming To Take Me Away”

 

Scott

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My Favorite Version Of This Song

“Live In Gdansk” is a great David Gilmour album….plenty of Pink Floyd and solo stuff, and Rich Wright on keyboards.  This version of Shine On… is by far my favorite.  From the open notes on wine glasses (did anyone drink that wine?), to the heartfelt vocals, it’s just to best.  Not to mention the band and crown enjoying the moment as well.  So if you have 12 minutes to spare, give it a watch!

 

Scott

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Steve Lukather Has Promised Us A New Album

OK, I admit I am so ready for Steve Lukather’s new album.  He has suggested that there will be no more Toto, which is not something I wanted to hear, but this video gives me hope that whatever new music he comes up with is going to be something I’m gonna like.  The song is wo written by Luke and fellow Toto band mates Joe Williams and David Paisch, and there is a special guest on drums.  So I give you the latest from Steve Lukather-“Run To Me”

 

Scott

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OK, So Here Is The Video….

Came to post this yesterday but was distracted by the Foo Fighters/Rush video, and that should surprise no one!  But this is worth the time as well….The Circle doing Van Halen’s Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do), part of their Lockdown Sessions.  Sammy sound so good!

 

Scott

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Came To Post A Video by Sammy Hagar and The Circle

There is a video of Sammy Hagar and his band The Circle doing the Van Halen song Don’t tell Me (What Love Can Do), and after watching it, one of the suggested videos was this one…Foo Fighters dress up as the young Rush, then Rush coming on stage at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame from 2013.  I had forgotten how good this is.

 

Scott

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Hard To Believe…

Man there was quite the excitement surrounding the “Hysteria” album! I didn’t rush right out to buy it…but I did buy it.  And it was played a lot!  And it is no surprise really that it still holds up today.  So for a little celebration, let’s enjoy the video for Pour Some Sugar On Me, shall we?

 

Scott

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For What It’s Worth

I have to admit, I’m not that familiar with the band Candlebox.  I know the song Far Behind, but that’s about it…..until they covered For What It’s Worth.  As a big fan of the original by Buffalo Springfield, I wasn’t going to even watch.  I didn’t want to be disappointed.  Well, not being one to control myself, I clicked it anyway, and I was not at all disappointed.  And again, I also like looking at the set up different musicians have in their homes to record music.  So enjoy For What It’s Worth, Candlebox style.

 

Scott

OK, so now I’ve got a Dave Mason thing going on…

After watching the Dave Mason And The Quarantines do Feelin Alright, I had to see more Dave Mason.  So when Dave Mason, with Neil Shon, John McFee, Ross Valory popped up I clicked before AI saw what song they were doing because, well the lineup!  Turns out, it’s All Along The Watchtower.  Yes, it’s a Bob Dylan song, yes Jimi Hendrix does what most people thing is the definitive version of the song, but this version is better than most.  Try it for yourself…..

 

Scott

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Feelin’ Alright?

Joe Cocker did an incredible version of this song written by Dave Mason and performed by Traffic.  I mean really, it’s one of those songs for me that the cover version is better that the original…even though I am a traffic fan. Until now that is.  This version is done by Dave Mason And the Quarantines.  This is really a good, solid funky version with some well known names.  Not to spoil it for you, but Sammy Hagar’s voice is perfect for this song, and MAN does Patrick Simmons Jr look like his dad!  And if Mick Fleetwood doesn’t make you smile……

 

Scott

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I bought the album for the cover

“The Grand Illusion” album was released July 7, 1977.  The 7th album from Styx, it went triple platinum, and was the first of four albums in a row to do that…”Pieces Of Eight” in 1978, “Cornerstone” in ’79, and “Paradise Theater” in 1981.  Before I really heard any of the songs on the album, I saw the cover and had to have it. I have to say my favorite song on the album is Fooling Yourself written by Tommy Shaw, and to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the release of the album, Tommy teamed up with The Contemporary Youth Orchestra in Cleveland for a quarantine version of the song.  The story can be found here, and the video below.  I have to say, it’s a fantastic rendition of the song!

 

Scott

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I just can’t help it

The year was 1992.  Wayne’s World is released, and I had to see it.  I have to say I was and still am impressed with it overall, I still laugh almost uncontrollably at some parts.  But every time I hear Jimi Hendrix “Foxy Lady, I think of this scene.  Every time.  Every single time.  And I still laugh…or at the very least crack a smile….

 

Scott

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David Gilmour has a new song

David’s wife Polly Samson has bee writing lyrics for David for 30 years, so that includes some Pink Floyd songs.  This latest lyric is based on her recent book, A Theatre for Dreamers.  David was working on the song before going into lock down, and that is where is daughter comes in.  David says he can’t be happier withe the way his daughter  Romany’s voice blends with his, and she also plays harp in the track.  Here is the latest from David Gilmour:  “Yes, I Have Ghosts.”

 

Scott

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You Go Looking For One Video

When I went in search of the last video I posted, Eddie Vedder singing with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, down the side of the screen on YouTube out of the corner of my eye I  saw Cat Stevens.  Not the actual Cat Stevens of course, his name.  And then I noticed the name Chris Cornell.  Couldn’t click fast enough.  Those two voices together must be magic I thought.  And I was wrong.  It’s beyond magic.  Chris Cornell and Cat Stevens with Wild World.

 

Scott

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Well, she did it again

Last night my wife and I were talking about I don’t know what, and Eddie Vedder came up in the conversation.  Not really unusual, but when she said something like, “yeah, and that time  he was on stage with Tom Petty.”  The look I gave her must have been interesting, because she said “…wait, you’ve never seen this?  How do I know about this and you don’t?!”  That is indeed a good question.  Well, now I do know about it, and if you did not, you do, too!  And if you have seen this, it is worth another view.  Eddie Vedder wit Tho Petty And The Heartbreakers, with The Waiting live.

 

Scott

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George & Bob Rehearse

I mentioned a few days ago that my wife is going through a Bob Dylan phase.  She has seen him live before ( I have not),  and for whatever reason she has decided to listen to some Dylan more than usual.  George is her favorite Beatle.  So I was not surprised when she showed me this video of George and Bob rehearsing “If Not For You” for the Concert For Bangladesh.  In teh comment section someone writes “What an uncomplicated delight this is”.  That is the best description of this video.

 

Scott

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Ready For The Next New Kansas Song?

The New studio album form Kansas The Absences Of Presences is due to be released June 26, and can be pre-ordered now.  The video to me seems a combination of Kansas, Yes, and Pink Floyd…very visual and best enjoyed Full Screen.  And the songs pretty good too!  Watch below.  In Full Screen!

 

Scott

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Tommy Shaw Covers Led Zeppelin

Remember Shaw Blades, the collaboration between Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades of Night Ranger?  The second album the did was an album of cover songs, and a third album-also to be made up of cover songs-was considered, and actually a few songs were recorded.  The project never got going, and Tommy independent of that project recorded “Going To California”, and it has found a new life.  And really, it’s good.  Tommy is no Robert Plant, but he is a stellar vocalist, and he does the song justice.   Enjoy!

 

Scott

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Just when I thought I was tired of the “Isolation” Videos…

Not that I really am tired of them, I do like to see artists performing in either they’re home studios or other make shift areas.  But now that it seems everyone is doing it, I’m not as quick to watch.  Then I see  that Roger Waters has done a version of Mother “in Isolation”, and, well, how can you NOT click!  Oh, I clicked alright, and was not disappointed.  Here you go…Roger Waters and his band with “Mother”.

 

Scott

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New Dennis DeYoung Album Comes Out May 22

It’s called 26 East, Vol 1, meaning of course there will be a volume 2, but these albums mark the end of Dennis’s recording career…according to Dennis himself.  He said he wrote “To The Good Old Days”, the latest son got be released, specifically to sing with Julian Lennon, and the results are fantastic.  It is a ballad, and the video is made up of old video clips and pictures from Dennis’s collection.  It is very much a Dennis DeYoung song, and if you are a Styx fan, you will most likely enjoy ” To The Good Old Days”.

 

Scott

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Helpless

As mentioned before, I’m a fan of CSN, and CNSY, and as far as CSNY goes, Helpless has to be my favorite.  The lyrics, the harmony…just wow.  So when I stumbled on Neil Young performing the song with The Band, I thought why not?  There are so many things to like about this performance, not the least of which is Joni Mitchell, singing back up, off stage.  Here you go, a little treat for your Friday.

Scott

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Doobies In Isolation

Chris, the Program Director for our country station KISSIN 92.3 sent me an email this morning.  I thought that was a little strange, I thought I might have done something wrong, why would another stations PD email me?!  Turns out it was for a good reason:  A link to a Rolling Stone article with The Doobie Brothers, and an In Isolation performance of Black Water.  It’s cool that we are in a place with technology that this is possible…..4 guys, their instruments, and others spliced in (you’ll see what I mean), and a song comes out.  It’s also kind of fun to look at their setup’s, home studios or wherever they choose to record. their part.  It will be nice to see them live in September, but for now, The Doobie Brothers and Black Water….in isolation….

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The New Kansas Album Is Coming!

The new Kansas album is call Absence Of Presence, and will be released June 26th.  It’s the first new album from them since 2016’s The Prelude Implicit. The video for “Throwing Mountains”, the first single was released Friday,  and man, does it sound like a Kansas song! If the whole album sounds like this, Kansas fans will be thrilled, and I’ll have to add it to my collection.  Enjoy “Throwing Mountains”  from the upcoming new Kansas album.

 

Scott

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There is great music being made

I am a big fan of Crosby Stills and Nash, and of course the Young version as well.  I came across an article in Rolling Stone with David Crosby, and I have also been a fan of his, I’ve got two of his solo albums.  It’s an interesting read, as any conversation with Croz is interesting, (you can read it here), but my big takeaway was the video he referenced in the article.  Here is the direct quote:  “I’ll tell you what I’ve been listening to this morning, man. Somebody in Italy got hundreds of people to sing “Helplessly Hoping,” and aggregated them together. It’s so emotional. Look it up on the net, man. I actually teared up. That’s what I’ve been listening to this morning…”  .  So naturally I watched and it is brilliant.  It’s one of my favorite CSN songs anyway, and this version does it more than justice.  If he likes it…..

 

Scott

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John Waite Sure Can Sing

Sure his best known song is probably Missing You, but lest we forget, he was in The Babys before any solo career.  In this country The Babys didn’t have a number one hit, which is hard to believe, because this song was on the radio a lot.  It was released in 1977, and as you can see in the video, they dressed the part of a British Band from the time.  It’s a good watch and listen….The Babys, and Isn’t It Time.

 

Scott

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Eric Clapton knows how to play guitar…

Bland Faith was a great band.  Steve WInwood, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Ric Gresh…excellent musicians all.  It’s sometimes hard to remember Steve Winwood does more that sing and play keyboards, but he does play a mean guitar.  And when i stumbled on this video of Eric and Steve together at Madison Square Garden in 2011, I remembered!  OK, I already knew, let’s say it was good to see Steve and Eric playing together.  This is a JJ Cale tune:  Cocaine with Clapton & Winwood!

 

Scott

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Another Flashback

I’m not sure why this song came to mind this morning.  Nothing out of the ordinary is going on, although I did wake up earlier than usual.  Out of no where I’m remembering Joe Jackson’s Is She Really Going Out With Him form 1978.  This is the only Joe Jackson song I like, and I can’t remember the last time I heard it.  So off to the interweb to find it and listen.  I came across this live version that is a bit of a different take on the song than the one we all heard on the radio.  And it’s also a reminder of the fashion sense of the late 70’s and 80’s.  From the TV show Countdown, Joe Jackson and Is She Really Going Out With Him LIVE!

 

Scott

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I know it’s not rock and roll…

I have no idea what my wife was watching, but I heard a song that made me stop and say “I know that song…what IS that song?” It took me quite a while to figure it out, but when I did, wow, what a flashback!  The song was released in 1972, but I don’t know when I first heard it.  But I heard it a lot…it was all over the radio for a number of years.  Then I sort of forgot about it for a decade or 3.  Until the other night when I heard it on whatever my wife was watching.  Now I can’t get it out of my head again.  And that’s OK.  Take a few minutes for the late, great Jim Croce, and Operator.

 

Scott

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When all else fails

Everyone has a go to band or bands.  Bands they can always listen to no matter how many times they’ve heard the song or album.  I’ve’ got a few:   Boston, Supertramp, Genesis, Zeppelin.  But when even those bands don’t work, I seem to always count on the Foo Fighters to save the day.  And it works almost every time.  These days, End Over End seems to do the trick…loud as can be.  I found a live version from 2005 that I add in to spice it up a bit.  So here you go, Foo live, as we wait for the new album to arrive.

 

Scott

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It’s been 15 years

In 2005 Cream reunited for a show at Royal Albert Hall.  It still amazes me that those three musicians created such incredible and enduring music.  Sure, when Clapton plays Cream songs it sounds great, but the stripped down to the original  three….still the best.  And with the 2005 reunion show, it’s like they never stopped playing together.  So enjoy some Cream…White Room!

 

Scott

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I don’t say this a lot…

See Forrest’s blog.  He’s right, I think we are going to see a lot of great music come out of this whole social distancing and isolation.  There have been some rock stars diagnosed with Covid-19, and a number of groups/artists parodying their own songs regarding Covid-19.  So when I say that The Knack had done it, I was almost disappointed,  this is, until I watched the video.  Not only can Bert Averre still play, but he made me laugh out loud at one point.  You will figure it out…don’t want to spoil it.  Hope you find it as good as i did!  Oh, and yes, it IS called Bye, Corona. what else would it be called?

 

Scott

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The Feel Good Song We Need

I remember when Clapton’s live album One More Car, One More Rider came out.  Tom, from the Bob and Tom Show is a bigger Clapton fan than I am….if you can believe that…and I remember him commenting on Clapton’s version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and how much he liked it.  Chick mocked him as only Chick can.  I have to tell you that I am also a fan of his version.  And it seems appropriate now to give it a listen.  I don’t know…maybe you agree with Chick.  I am on Team Tom…after all, and I’m going  to paraphrase Tom as I do not remember exactly how he put it…..”It’s Clapton, he can do whatever he wants!”  and I’ll add, and make it sound great!

 

Scott

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Something

In case you didn’t know, Paul is my favorite Beatle, and Clapton is one of my all time favorite singer-songwriter-guitar player.  So the Paul, Eric, and the rest of the band rendition of Something by George Harrison is one of my favorite performances of that night.  Paul starting out on the ukulele, then moving into the more traditional version is so cool.  And even though I am not much of a Jeff Lynne fan, the way he harmonizes with  Clapton is so good, and naturally the way Eric and Paul harmonize is almost too much wonderful for my ears. Oh, please do not overlook Billy Preston on the organ. In case it’s been a while since you’ve heard it (I listen top it multiple times a week), enjoy the performance again.

 

Scott

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There is a new Foo Fighters Album coming!

I was thrilled to learn of the new album, especially Dave’s enthusiasm for it.  I’ve not seen a release date, so that’s a bummer, but I have been listening to some Foo Fighters to gear up!  This one seems to be one that I’m coming back to often, for what ever reason….other than it’s a great song.  It’s the title track from the Saint Cecilia EP from 2015, and ever one to share music I like, if you are not familiar with this particular Foo Fighters song, take a l;listen!

 

Scott

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets recreates the early music of Pink Floyd, and a concert film Live At The Roundhouse will be released April 17, with a limited theater showing tonight in select theaters…no not here.  But we can see what we are missing, and can be prepared to see and hear on April 17th, with this video form the film.  If you are a Floyd fan, and have 12 minutes and 18 seconds to spare, watch Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

 

Scott

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Robert Plant has a new band!

And they are touring!  No, not coming close to the Treasure Valley.  Sorry.  But they have released a video.  You can read about the band here, and you can watch the video below.  The harmonies are fantastic, and the band is tight and the whole production is perfect.  Saving Grace, and Low’s Everybody’s Song.

 

Scott

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NEW ALBUM FROM ROBBIE KREIGER

The record label describes the The Ritual Begins At Sundown as a “return to friends”.  it will have a number of people on it from back when Robbie started to explore jazz.  All instrumental, there will be 9 original songs and a cover of Frank Zappa’s “Chunga’s Revenge”.  The album comes out on April 24th, and the first song has been released called The Drift.  Enjoy!