Dickey Betts figures the Allman Brothers transcend generations

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 23, 1992 By Steve Newton Every long-time Allman Brothers fan has a favourite tune by the influential Southern rock band. Some folks tend towards the bluesy slide-guitar riff of “One Way Out”, some go hog-wild when they hear the cascading guitar intro to the band’s biggest hit, “Ramblin’ … Continue reading Dickey Betts figures the Allman Brothers transcend generations

She Stole My Beer goes direct to tape with Sparks Off the Guardrail

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 20, 1992 Some band names really leave you wondering. I mean, what do you make of bands called Scootertrash, Afghan Whigs, Hocus Pick Manoeuver, and Mutant Starfish? At least a fellow can relate to a group called She Stole My Beer. “Back in our high-school days we used … Continue reading She Stole My Beer goes direct to tape with Sparks Off the Guardrail

Foaming at the mouth over Duane Allman Skydog retrospective

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 28, 2013 By Steve Newton If there's one thing that brings instant joy to the Ear of Newt it's the sweet, sweet tone of Duane Allman's slide guitar. And fellow Allman freaks can hear an awful lot of it--129 tracks' worth, to be precise--when Rounder Records releases Skydog: The Duane Allman … Continue reading Foaming at the mouth over Duane Allman Skydog retrospective

Festival Express takes a crazy train to ’70s rock history

By Steve Newton There's been some pretty sweet concert Blu-rays released in the last little while. Hugely impressive was last week's Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration--Deluxe Edition, from Legacy Recordings, the same folks who gave us recent killer box sets by Johnny Winter and Mike Bloomfield. Yesterday I finally got around to watching another … Continue reading Festival Express takes a crazy train to ’70s rock history

O.A.R. Dips Its Paddle in the Big-League Ocean

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 24, 2005 By Steve Newton Most independent bands have a tough go of it, struggling just to make it to low-paying gigs, scraping money together to make records, and then having a rough time selling them. But there are exceptions. Before Washington, D.C.-based O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) became a major-label … Continue reading O.A.R. Dips Its Paddle in the Big-League Ocean

Carlos Santana says you get the tone with what you’re thinking

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 24, 2011 By Steve Newton There's a quote on Carlos Santana’s official website that reads: “When you love what you do, you don’t have to work a day in your life.” If that’s true, then anyone who’s heard Santana effortlessly channel the sound of pure joy through his instrument knows that he … Continue reading Carlos Santana says you get the tone with what you’re thinking