Album review: Michael Bloomfield, Bloomfield (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 13, 1984 By Steve Newton "The music you listen to becomes the soundtrack of your life...it becomes the background track for your existence." So says the late Michael Bloomfield in an interview segment from the new retrospective of the bluesman's brilliant career. Bloomfield. There are four such segments interspersed … Continue reading Album review: Michael Bloomfield, Bloomfield (1983)

Previously unheard Hendrix set proves the awesome power of Band of Gypsys

By Steve Newton Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings announced today that never-before-heard recordings of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys performing live at the Fillmore East will be released on September 30. The new album, titled Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69, features the two sets Band of Gypsys played at New York's … Continue reading Previously unheard Hendrix set proves the awesome power of Band of Gypsys

B-movies and true tragedies inspire Canadian guitar wizard Don Ross

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 13, 2003 By Steve Newton Acoustic-guitar wizard Don Ross isn’t much of a Lennon/McCartney kinda guy. As a Beatles-crazed youngster growing up in Ontario, Ross originally wanted to be Ringo Starr—if only because he always drummed on things. But when his sister brought home a guitar from boarding … Continue reading B-movies and true tragedies inspire Canadian guitar wizard Don Ross

Buddy Miles proclaims “there’s nobody can even mess with Jimi”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 19, 2001 BY STEVE NEWTON When ’60s blues legend Willie Dixon wrote “Wang Dang Doodle” for vocalist Koko Taylor, it was pretty clear from her lusty delivery that the term was a euphemism for sex. In the ’70s, crotch-rocker Ted Nugent put his own randy spin on the … Continue reading Buddy Miles proclaims “there’s nobody can even mess with Jimi”

Steve Miller will keep on rockin’ you at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver announced today that it's bringing the Steve Miller Band to town on April 12, which is good news for anyone with a hankering for old-school guitar-rock. According to the most recent setlist available, Miller is concentrating on the two albums that pretty well ruled rock radio back in the day: Fly Like an … Continue reading Steve Miller will keep on rockin’ you at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver