RIP Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker Has Died After a Battle With Lung Cancer
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Joe Cocker, so much to say and not words enough to do the man justice. For the most part, I remember him as someone who could barely sing a lick but he always did so with great enthusiasm.

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Thanks for the music and the great ride, Joe.

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Friday Night Acoustic Showcase: Trevor Gordon Hall - ‘The Meeting at the Window (For Will Ackerman)’

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Here’s some gorgeous acoustic guitar music with which to chill out after another crazed week of wingnut skullduggery.

“The Meeting at the Window”
From the album entitled “Mind Heart Fingers”
played on a custom Schwartz guitar designed by Sheldon Schwartz

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Tuesday Night Jam: James Taylor, “My Traveling Star”

Coming back home was like going to jail
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Here’s James Taylor recorded at a three-night engagement at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, in July 2007, with 2 minutes of exposition before the song begins.

Watch my back and light my way
(My traveling star, my traveling star).
Watch over all of those born St. Christopher’s Day
(Old road dog, young runaway).
They hunger for home but they never stay,
They wait by the door,
They stand and they stare.
They’re already out of there,
They’re already out of there.

My daddy used to ride the rails
(So they say, so they say).
Soft as smoke and as tough as nails, my daddy
(Boxcar Jones, old walking man).
Coming back home was like going to jail.
The sheets and the blankets and babies and all,
No, he never did come back home,
Never that I recall.

Never mind the wind,
Never mind the rain,
Never mind the road
Leading home again.
Never asking why,
Never knowing when,
Every now and then,
There he goes again.

She had a cat and a dog named Blue
(My traveling star, my traveling star).
A big old stove and a fireplace, too
(Old road dog, young runaway).
She told me she loved me like it was true.
I knew I should stay,
I knew I would go.
Run, run, run away.
Run, run, run away, boy.

Run before the wind,
Run before the rain,
Over yonder hill,
Just around the bend.
Never knowing why,
Never knowing when,
Every now and then,
There you go again.

Tie me up and hold me down
(Oh, my traveling star).
Bury my feet down in the ground
(Oh, old road dog)
Claim my name from the lost and found
And let me believe
This is where I belong
Shame on me for sure
For one more highway song.
My traveling star, my traveling star…

Monday Night Jam: Sean Rowe, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”

Red hair and black leather
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Tonight’s musical tour de force is Sean Rowe’s fierce rendition of Richard Thompson’s classic folk ballad, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” An intense performance of a great, great song.

Thompson described this as “a simple boy-meets-girl story, complicated somewhat by the presence of a motorcycle.”

Said Red Molly to James, that’s a fine motorbike
A girl could feel special on any such like
Said James to Red Molly, well my hat’s off to you
It’s a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
And I’ve seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme
And he pulled her on behind
And down to Box Hill they did ride

Said James to Red Molly, here’s a ring for your right hand
But I’ll tell you in earnest I’m a dangerous man
I’ve fought with the law since I was seventeen
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine
Now I’m 21 years, I might make 22
And I don’t mind dying, but for the love of you
And if fate should break my stride
Then I’ll give you my Vincent to ride

Come down, come down, Red Molly, called Sergeant McRae
For they’ve taken young James Adie for armed robbery
Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside
Oh, come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside
When she came to the hospital, there wasn’t much left
He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
But he smiled to see her cry
And said I’ll give you my Vincent to ride

Says James, in my opinion, there’s nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeveses won’t do
They don’t have a soul like a Vincent 52
He reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys
He said I’ve got no further use for these
I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride

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The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass String Quartets

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For tonight’s musical break from the insanity, I give you the music of Philip Glass, played by four perfectly in-sync classical guitarists from Dublin.

Don’t ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they’re not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They’ve been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Dressed more like stylish bankers than hipsters, the musicians filed behind Bob Boilen’s desk in matching suits and proceeded to make string quartet music by Philip Glass shine in a completely new way.

Whether you know the Glass quartets or not, it’s astonishing how satisfying the music sounds on four guitars. The interlocking parts are transparent and the music seems to breathe fresh air. The group’s intonation is impeccable, the rhythms crisp and precise whether they are keeping the propulsive engine chugging or lurching to a sudden new arpeggio. Watch their heads, all bobbing in unison.

In these arrangements by DGQ, the music is far more subtle than simple repetitions. Just a slight vibrato on the high notes in the third movement of the Second Quartet gives them a sweet, pearly sheen. And the slow section of Glass’ Third Quartet, tender as a lullaby, is punctuated with carefully selected notes that hang in the air like fragrances. In other spots, brash strumming summons the spirit of flamenco.

Glass’ music has been a staple for these musicians, but they also play pieces by Steve Reich, Henryk Górecki and Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy. They’ve even paired with a couple of rock bands. With eight hands and 24 strings it seems the DGQ can tackle almost anything. - TOM HUIZENGA

Set List
Glass: String Quartet No. 2, “Company,” Mvts. II & III
Glass: String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima,” Mvt. III, “1934: Grandmother & Kimitake”
Glass: String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima,” Mvt. II, “November 25: Ichigaya”
Glass: String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima,” Mvt. IV, “1962: Body Building”

Dublin Guitar Quartet
Brian Bolger
Pat Brunnock
Tomas O’Durcain
Michael O’Toole

Producers: Tom Huizenga, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Editor: Susan Hale Thomas; Videographers: Susan Hale Thomas, Nick Michael, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Claire Eggers; photo by Claire Eggers/NPR

Antoine Dufour - “Suspended” - Played on an Amazing Beauregard Guitar

With no pickup
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Please watch in HD!
This is a new new song called «Suspended» to be released eventually! I decided to record it to make this demo video for Beauregard Guitars.
THIS IS A BRAND NEW GUITAR FOR SALE! And honestly, that’s one of the most impressive guitars I’ve ever played!
This has been recorded with a pair of Charter Oak E700 in a Millennia preamp through an Apogee Symphony I/O converter. There’s no pickup in the guitar.

Here are the specifications and details about this guitar:

Model: based on Beauregard’s Jazz nylon contour (12th fret to body)
Scale: 25”
Nut width: 1.750
Top: german spruce
Back and sides: euro maple
Neck: mahogany
Fretboard,headstock, bridge and appointments: ebony
New headstock design!
510 gotoh tuners

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Antoine’s comments:
This guitar is unbelievable! Not only the bass strings sound like a grand piano but the whole register sings like an orchestra (listen at: 0:11)! The trebles are big and round. The clarity is unmatched. This is a small guitar body but it sounds so big that it’s hard to believe. It’s a very nervous guitar with an amazing sustain. You can really hear that at 0:19 in the video. I decided to wait a little longer on this chord because the guitar would not let it fade out! I really like the new headstock design. That’s something Mario and I have been talking about lately and he decided to make it. I also really like the contrast of the dark lines vs the bright colours of the spruce and maple. Very classy! It’s a guitar suitable for any type of playing style and really shines for fingerstyle. This guitar COULD BE YOURS! I would be jealous!

I use Ernie Ball aluminium/bronze medium strings.

Bruce Springsteen: Stolen Car

Each night I wait to get caught, but I never do
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I’ve always thought of this as one of the best songs Bruce Springsteen ever wrote — if not the best. A heartbreaking tale of loss and desperation told in small descriptive moments.

I met a little girl and I settled down
In a little house out on the edge of town
We got married, and swore we’d never part
Then little by little we drifted from each other’s hearts

At first I thought it was just restlessness
That would fade as time went by and our love grew deep
In the end it was something more I guess
That tore us apart and made us weep

And I’m driving a stolen car
Down on Eldridge Avenue
Each night I wait to get caught
But I never do

She asked if I remembered the letters I wrote
When our love was young and bold
She said last night she read those letters
And they made her feel one hundred years old

And I’m driving a stolen car
On a pitch black night
And I’m telling myself I’m gonna be alright
But I ride by night and I travel in fear
That in this darkness I will disappear

A Former Bank Teller With an Unbelievable Voice: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Paul Janeway tears it up and shreds it
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We first saw this fantastic group from Alabama with their incredible singer on the 2014 Americana Music Honors & Awards show, and now here’s a Tiny Desk Concert right in time for a Sunday night music thread.

Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you’re likely to see someone who looks more like your neighborhood bank teller.

That man standing on my desk in the golden shoes is Paul Janeway. He was, in fact, a bank teller in Alabama not long ago — and this stupendous seven-piece band from Birmingham has only been doing this since 2012. But take a look at this Tiny Desk Concert and you’ll see why St. Paul And The Broken Bones’ music is so winning. It’s got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong, fresh songwriting. — BOB BOILEN

Set List:
“Half The City”
“Call Me”
“Broken Bones And Pocket Change”

Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Becky Lettenberger, Colin Marshall, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: James Clark; photo by James Clark/NPR

New Artist Watch: Jon Henry - I Still Got Your Back (Ft. Keisha, Kim, & Pam)

Steampunk hip-hop
Music • Views: 32,572


Jon Henry tweeted this video to me a few days ago and after careful consideration I must say I approve. Has a great message, a deep groove, creative production, steampunk props, and the kids are adorbs. Watch it, you’ll like it.

This is Jon Henry’s cosplay-themed music video for “I Still Got Your Back”. The young stars of this video are Morgan and Robert, the niece and nephew of Jon Henry, who is also the director.

Hear more of Jon Henry at or and buy his original work on iTunes:

Spider-Man scenes shot at Top Secret in Wisconsin Dells

Miles Morales/Spider-man costume made by Jesse Covington

Steampunk accessories provided by Julianne Hunter and Charles Tritt of The Milwaukee Steampunk Society

Tuesday Night Indian Fusion Jam: Janapriya Levine - ‘The Children’s Illustrated Book of Music’

Western melodies, Indian instruments
Music • Views: 28,352


Here’s a beautifully played 21st Century raga by the intriguingly named Janapriya Levine.

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