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In Memoriam

Jesse Winchester, In Memoriam

April is shaping up as a difficult world in the world of music. This past week we lost Jesse Winchester, whose soft-spoken style belied the power of his songs. Here are two magical Winchester performances. The first is an early (and often covered) classic “Defying Gravity.” The second is the celebrated appearance on Elvis Costello’s […] more »

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In Memoriam – Dave Lamb

Dave Lamb of the Providence, RI-based duo Brown Bird passed away this past weekend. The circumstances are heart-wrenching. Lamb fell ill with mysterious symptoms while touring Texas last year. In a tale that is all too familiar, Lamb had no insurance. Fortunately, he was able to get home and secure insurance for what became a […] more »

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Pete Seeger, 1919 – 2014

We lost a legend yesterday, a man who changed the world with both his spirit and his song. Here are two videos to celebrate Pete Seeger’s legacy. First, Seeger leads Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and the entire audience in a version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” at the […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Charlie Chesterman

The Boston music scene recently lost one of our favorite sons. Charlie Chesterman earned his stripes in Scruffy the Cat back in the 1980′s before settling in as a solo artist, ably backed by a band known as the Legendary Motorbikes. His songs always had a classic 1950′s vintage rock sensibility, compact three minute pop […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Lou Reed

We lost a legend over the weekend. Lou Reed passed away on Sunday at the age of 71. From his early years with the Velvet Underground to his later solo career, Reed has inspired countless musicians and left a treasure trove of influential recordings. Here is a complete Reed performance from New York’s Bottom Line […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Missing Levon

It was just shy of a month ago that we lost Levon Helm, a true legend of rock and roll. The outpouring from the music community was immediate and immense. Here are but a few of the musical tributes (see below for the playlist details). Levon, you will be missed. Simone Felice performs “Radio Song” […] more »

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Davy Jones, 1945-2012

It was another tough week for rock and roll with the passing of Davy Jones of the legendary Monkees. Whether one caught the tv series on its initial run in the 1960′s or the re-runs that followed for decades, it was hard not to smile at the group’s antics and enthusiasm. That was especially true […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Clarence Clemons

Rock and Roll is a little quieter and less soulful today. Rest in peace, Clarence. more »

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Solomon Burke, 1940-2010

The music world lost one of the great ones today with the passing of Solomon Burke. Here are two classic Burke performances to celebrate the life of the man referred to as the King of Rock and Soul. The first, a duet with Patty Griffin on her moving — and fitting — song “Up On […] more »

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Let the Day Begin: A Tribute to Michael Been

We lost one of the good ones last week. Michael Been, former front-man for the Call passed away. The Call were one of those impressive bands that married intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics with fervent rock anthems. It was a potent combination, reflective of Been’s passion as the band’s singer and primary songwriter. Although the Call […] more »

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Jay Bennett, 1963-2009

Audio Download: Jay Bennett, “The Engines Are Idle” [Source: Rock Proper] more »

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The Legacy of Townes and Sir Douglas

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Spring brings us two phenomenal releases honoring the legacy of Texas music pioneers Doug Sahm and Townes Van Zandt. The recently released Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm (Vanguard Records) pays tribute to San Antonio native Doug Sahm. Sahm established himself in 1965 as leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet, a band whose […] more »

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The Day the Music Died

Fifty years ago tonight, the music world lost some shining lights. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died when their plane crashed into a field on February 2nd, 1959. We’ll never fully know what they would have accomplished had they lived. Yet there is little doubt of the impact that they’ve had on […] more »

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In Memory of Chris Gaffney

No Depression reports that Chris Gaffney has succumbed to pancreatic cancer in a double dose of sad news this week. Among other things, Chris was known for his fine body of work with the Hacienda Brothers. Our thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and fans of Chris Gaffney. more »

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