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Died On This Date (January 27, 2014) Pete Seeger / American Folk Singer and Activist

Posted by themusicsover on January 27, 2014

Pete Seeger
May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014

pete-seegerPete Seeger is regarded by many as the single most important figure of the American folk music revival of the late ’50s/early ’60s.  Just as important to many, he used his talent and popularity to shine a light on social injustice, poverty, environmental issues, anti-war movements, and more.  Born into a highly academic  and musical family in New York City, Seeger was exposed to music at a very young age.  Educated primarily in boarding schools, he was very well-educated and somewhat withdrawn until he found his spotlight while entertaining classmates with a ukulele he picked up on his own.  By the late ’30s, he switched over to the banjo, the instrument he would help popularize three decades later.  As the years went on, Seeger went from small festival folky to cultural hero thanks in part to his songs that would become the soundtrack to the ’60s Civil Rights Movement and beyond.  Tunes like “If I Had A Hammer” written with Weavers band mate, Lee Hays), “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” have become folk standards as well as part of the fabric that is American music.  They, and many others, have been recorded by a who’s who of pop, rock and folk singers throughout the past half century.  To name just a few of his honors, Seeger has received the National Medal Of Arts, the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a George Peabody Medal, and multiple Grammys, including one for Best Children’s Album in 2010.  To list those who could rightfully say “if it wasn’t for Pete Seeger…” would take days, but two in particular were Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. It was Seeger who urged Columbia’s John Hammond to produce Dylan’s first album.  Springsteen meanwhile would devote much of his career paying tribute to Seeger, including naming his 2010 album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, which ironically, included no songs penned by Seeger, but whose influence can be heard throughout.  With an astonishing career that spanned 75 years, Seeger remained active up until his final days, including a September 2013 performance at Farm Aid at the age of 94.  Pete Seeger was nearly three months shy of his 95th birthday when he passed away on January 27, 2014.

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The Music’s Over’s Favorite Albums Of 2013

Posted by themusicsover on December 28, 2013

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy checking out some NEW music here on The Music’s Over for a change. Here were our favorite albums of 2013.

1. David Bowie / The Next Day

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2. Dropkick Murphys / Signed And Sealed In Blood

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3. Jason Isbell / Southeastern

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4. Black Sabbath / 13

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5. Charles Bradley / Victim Of Love

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6. Johnny Marr / The Messenger

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7. Bobby Rush / Down In Louisiana

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8. Daniel Romano / Come Cry With Me

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9. Motorhead / Aftershock

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10. Will Hoge / Never Give In

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11. Sturgill Simpson / High Top Mountain

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12. Arctic Monkeys / AM

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13. The Thermals / Desperate Ground

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14. Paul McCartney / New

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15. Carrie Rodriguez / Give Me All You’ve Got

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16. Fates Warning / Darkness In A Different Light

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17. The Slide Brothers / Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers

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18. Kylesa / Ultraviolet

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19. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Push The Sky Away

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20. Big Harp / Chain Letters

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21. Valerie June / Pushin’ Against A Stone

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22. Johnny Flynn / Country Mile

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Died On This Date (August 13, 2013) Tompall Glaser / Country Music Great

Posted by themusicsover on August 13, 2013

Tompall Glaser
September 3, 1933 – August 13, 2013

tompall-glaserTompall Glaser was one of the original so-called “outlaws” of country music. Alongside the likes of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Billy Joe Shaver, Glaser put Nashville on watch by working, living, and playing outside the mainstream country music rules of the ’70s.  Born in Spalding, Nebraska, Glaser initially moved to Nashville with his brothers to sing back up for Marty Robbins.  The brothers were also making their own records before Tompall went off on his own.  Over the course of his solo career, he released around a dozen albums that included hit country singles like “Put Another Log On The Fire” and “It’ll Be Her.”  Perhaps his most famous song however, “Streets Of Baltimore,” found its glory thanks to being covered by the likes of Gram Parsons, Bobby Bare, the Statler Brothers, Charley Pride, and Norah Jones‘ country group, the Little Willies.  Meanwhile, Glaser and his brothers opened Glaser Brothers Sound Studio, or as it was affectionately known around town, Hillbilly Central.  The compound quickly established itself as the fostering ground for the “outlaw” movement.  As it took hold, even RCA Records had to react by releasing Wanted! The Outlaws, a compilation of previously released tracks by Glaser, Nelson, Jennings, and Jessie Colter.  Glaser’s contribution, “T For Texas,” reached #36 on the Country Singles charts and is considered one of the milestones of the era.  The album itself, released in 1976, became the first Country album to sell over 1 million copies as it reached #1 on the Country Album charts and #10 on the Pop Album charts.  Glaser continued to record with his brothers until 1982 and released one last solo album in 1986 before selling the studio and retiring from the music business altogether.  Tompall Glaser died following a long undisclosed illness on August 13, 2013.  He was 79.

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Died On This Date (August 5, 2013) James Gray / Former Keyboardist For Blue Rodeo

Posted by themusicsover on August 5, 2013

James Gray
December 8,1960 – August 5, 2013

james-grayJames Gray is perhaps best remembered as the one-time keyboardist for successful Canadian alt-country band, Blue Rodeo.  Gray joined the group during the early ’90s, just in time to play on their hit album of 1993, Five Days In July.  The video for the album’s “Hasn’t Hit Me Yet” quickly became a staple on MTV helping them gain a foothold in the US.  Over the next decade, Gray toured and recorded with the band as they grew in popularity in both Canada and around the world.  His last album with the group was 2005’s Are You Ready.  Outside of  Blue Rodeo, Gray played with such outfits as Hopping Penguins, Whitenoise, and Vital Signs.  James Gray died unexpectedly from a heart attack on August 5, 2013.  He was 52.

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Died On This Date (July 26, 2013) JJ Cale / Legendary American Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on July 26, 2013

John “JJ” Cale
December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013

jj-caleJJ Cale was an American singer-songwriter who gave us some of rock music’s most iconic songs.  Widely considered a songwriter’s songwriter, Cale’s most famous tunes are “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” which were made into hits by Eric Clapton, and “Call Me The Breeze” a hit for Lynyrd Skynyrd.   The seemingly endless list of others who recorded his songs includes Waylon Jennings, Widespread Panic, Tom Petty, and Carlos Santana. Born in Oklahoma City, but raised in Tulsa, Cale set his sights on Los Angeles during the early ’60s.  He found work there in a recording studio and at the Whiskey a GoGo, but after not getting much notice, Cale was ready to pack it all in and try something else when he got a call that Clapton wanted to record “After Midnight.”  With his career finally on track, Cale went on to release a number of acclaimed albums over the next four decades.   His biggest hit single as a performer was 19702s “Crazy Mama” which reached #22 on the Billboard charts.  In 2006, he and Clapton were awarded a Grammy for their album, The Road To Escondido.  JJ Cale passed away on July 26, 2013 following a heart attack.  He was 74.

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