Author Archives: Dan Forte


1970-1973: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing, Or Anything
Sloppy Rock, The Way God Intended

When singer/guitarist Steve Marriott left England’s Small Faces at the end of ’68, to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, the band replaced him with two émigrés from the Jeff Beck Group – singer Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, switching from bass back to (more…)

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Webb Wilder, Marshall Crenshaw, Mike Flanigin

Mississippi Moderne, #392: The EP Collection, The Drifter
Alt-Roots-Pop- Power-Rock

Terms like “alt,” “Americana,” and “roots-rock” – coined by critics to departmentalize rock and roll into unnecessary boxes – have become so overused as to be meaningless. Can you imagine those same critics trying to bundle the Beatles’ stylistic range into a single hyphenated (more…)

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Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna, Part 1

Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady have been playing music together for 53 years – 40 of them as Hot Tuna. What started as an acoustic splinter group from their gig with Jefferson Airplane morphed into both acoustic and electric variations and myriad combinations.Released on the heels of Tuna’s successful “blues tour” with Charlie […]

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Billy Mure

Supersonic Guitarist Remembered

Guitar great Billy Mure (born November 4, 1915) passed away September 25, at the age of 97. He last performed on August 2, playing Dixieland banjo at Squid Lips, where he lived in Sebastian, Florida. Mure played on innumerable sessions from the ’50s to the ’70s, but is (more…)

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Richard Thompson


When you realize that Thompson’s  I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (with then-wife Linda and classics like “Calvary Cross”) was 40 years ago, you have to wonder if he’ll ever slump. Ironically best known as a songwriter, his guitar-playing fans know (more…)

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Buddy Guy

Keeping the Blues Alive and Definitely Kicking

It was February 21, 2012. As part of the White House’s music series, “Red, White & Blues” featured a cavalcade of blues and blues-influenced greats including B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Keb’ Mo’, and guitar legend Buddy Guy. President Obama thanked the performers as they wrapped up the evening with […]

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Ellen Harper

Music is the Family Business
Ellen Harper

“Ben likes to joke that this album had a lifetime of pre-production,” Ellen Harper says of Childhood Home, her collaboration with her Grammy-winning son. A spare rhythm section, Ben’s Weissenborn slide, guitar, dulcimer, and Autoharp, and Ellen’s acoustic guitar and banjo provide the subtle bed for the beautiful mother/son harmonies on 10 unapologetically folkie originals. […]

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Jenny Boyd

Searching For The Source
Jenny Boyd

Dr. Jenny Boyd is founder and director of Spring Workshops, “organizing psychotherapeutic groups for people in need of personal development.” She is also the “Jennifer” who inspired Donovan’s “Jennifer Juniper.” Like her sister Pattie, Jenny became a model in swinging-’60s London. Pattie married and divorced both Beatle George Harrison and Eric Clapton; Jenny married and […]

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The Stray Cats

Live At Rockpalast
Unearthed Stray Cats

Formed in ’79, the Tomcats – singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, drummer Slim Jim Phantom, and bassist Lee Rocker – had only marginal success playing rockabilly at punk clubs like Manhattan’s CBGB. Reasoning that they’d find a bigger audience in England, they sold their instruments to get enough cash for one-way tickets to London. The gamble paid […]

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Robbie Robertson

The Many Sides of

It’s difficult to say which is more ironic: the fact that Robbie Robertson, one of rock guitar’s true stylists, is more famous for his songwriting, or that beneath the minimal, compositional style that marked his work with The Band hid one of the most animalistic maniacs in rock guitar history. • The son of a […]

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