Album review: Chaka Khan, I Feel For You (1985)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 13, 1985 By Steve Newton Like Tina Turner and Patti Austin, Chaka Khan is one of those commanding vocalists who--no matter how great a song is--always make their singing the best thing about it. Chaka Khan has been making beautiful music for many years now, both on her … Continue reading Album review: Chaka Khan, I Feel For You (1985)

Album review: Eric Clapton, Me and Mr. Johnson (2004)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 22, 2004 By Steve Newton Ten years ago, Eric Clapton issued an astounding love letter to the blues titled From the Cradle, which featured some of his most fiery electric-guitar work since the Derek and the Dominos days. Apart from two overdubs, the 16-track CD was a live, … Continue reading Album review: Eric Clapton, Me and Mr. Johnson (2004)

Album review: George Harrison, Live in Japan (1992)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 6, 1992 By Steve Newton At first glance, George Harrison’s new double-disc, Live in Japan, looked promising. The subtitle read, “With Eric Clapton and Band”, and the song list included some of my fave Beatles tunes (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Old Brown Shoe”, “Here Comes the … Continue reading Album review: George Harrison, Live in Japan (1992)

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