Album review: Santana, Havana Moon (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 3, 1983 By Steve Newton The Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Tower of Power horns, Booker T. Jones, Willie Nelson. All fine artists, but what do they have in common? The new Carlos Santana album, that's what. Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, drummer Fran Christina, bassist Keith Ferguson, and harmonica man Kim Wilson--the Fabulous … Continue reading Album review: Santana, Havana Moon (1983)

Booker T. Jones mistook his son Ted for Joe Bonamassa on YouTube

By Steve Newton When Booker T. Jones answers the phone at his Lake Tahoe home he sounds cool, calm, and collected. Mostly cool. That’s no surprise, as Jones has been producing some of the chilliest sounds around for the last 50 years or so. Ever since his instrumental combo the M.G.’s shot to fame with … Continue reading Booker T. Jones mistook his son Ted for Joe Bonamassa on YouTube

Booker T. Jones gives in to his urge to rock

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 17, 2009 By Steve Newton In the music business, having the right manager is huge, as Hammond B3 legend Booker T. Jones recently learned. Before recording his latest album, Potato Hole, Jones found a new manager in Dave Bartlett, who hooked him up with the Drive-By Truckers, the raggedy southern-rock outfit … Continue reading Booker T. Jones gives in to his urge to rock

Bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn dies in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo

Sad news for fans of blues, soul, and R&B music. Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, whose bottom end fuelled such classic tracks as Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" and Otis Redding's "Respect", passed away in his sleep early this morning after a gig at the Blue Note nightclub in Tokyo. He was 70 years … Continue reading Bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn dies in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo

Ear of Newt: my first and last interview with bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn

  When they say "Duck" Dunn is smokin' on bass, they aren't jokin' around.   ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 13, 2012 By Steve Newton American bass-guitar legend Donald "Duck" Dunn passed away in his sleep this morning, after a gig in Tokyo last night. Back in June of '85 I interviewed him on the phone … Continue reading Ear of Newt: my first and last interview with bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn