Monday, December 25, 2006

Final Encore For "Soul Brother #1"



I repeat..................who is taking the place of the greats?


ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- James Brown, the legendary R&B belter, a singer and songwriter who created a foundation for funk and provided the roots of rap, a man of many nicknames but a talent that can only be described as one of a kind, is dead.
Brown died early Monday at Atlanta's Emory Crawford Long Hospital of congestive heart failure, his agent said. He was 73.

Brown was in Atlanta for a dental appointment when he fell ill and was admitted to the hospital over the weekend for treatment of "severe pneumonia," said his agent, Frank Copsidas.
"It appears what happened is that he did die of a heart attack as a result of his pneumonia," Copsidas told CNN Radio.

Merry Christmas Ya'll


Since today is one of the high holy days for Christians I thought I would slant the playlist in that direction for a week or so. Therefore, if you tune in later today (12/25) through 1/3 you are very likely to hear a tune about Jesus, God, Sin, Jerusalem, Krishna, Mary, The Cross or something about the spirits. You know as Brother Dave Gardner always said - everybody's got their own kick!





The featured artists will include:


Johnny Cash

Patty Loveless

Flying Burrito Brothers

Will Kimbrough

Emmylou Harris

Scott Miller

Todd Snider

Buddy Miller

June Carter Cash

Shooter Jennings

The Boss

Grey Delisle

Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell

The Hag



Plus the regular cast of Cosmic characters as always. Resolve in '07 to tell at least 100 people about Cosmic American Radio. Peace!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Top 20 Tracks From Last Week

Here they are based on listener purchases, wishlists (remember Christmas Time Is Coming!) & track ratings.


1. Uncle Tupelo - Blue Eyes - A Tribute To Gram Parsons
2. The Pawtuckets - Hard Luck Woman - Cloud 9 Ranch
3. Edwards, Kathleen - Hockey Skates (Live) - Lost Highway: Lost & Found Volume 1
4. The Road to Escondido - Missing Person - J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton
5. The Beatles - Hello Goodbye
6. Rob Lutes - Throw Me From This Train
7. Sly & the Family Stone - Everyday People
8. Merle Haggard - Little Ole Wine Drinker Me - Mama Tried + Pride In What I Am
9. Adams, Ryan - This House Is Not for Sale - Love Is Hell Pt.1
10. Waylon Jennings - Mississippi Woman - Waylon Live
11. Merle Haggard - I Could Have Gone Right - Mama Tried + Pride In What I Am
12. Chris Knight - Enough Rope - Enough Rope



13. Yo La Tengo - Oklahoma, U. S. A. - Fakebook
14. Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour
15. Willis Alan Ramsey - Ballad Of Spider John - Willis Alan Ramsey

16. Willie Nelson - Time of the Preacher - Red Headed Stranger
17. Will Kimbrough - Piece Of Work - Live In Atlanta
18. Will Hoge - Secondhand Heart - Blackbird On A Lonely Wire
19. Will And The Bushmen - It's Gonna Be Alright - Will And The Bushmen
20. Will and The Bushmen - Laugh about it Later - Blunderbus

Friday, December 22, 2006

GP Photos @ Rhino

Who has seen the Gram Parsons Photos over at Rhino? Any thoughts on who might get them for me as we celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus? Please forward names!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Concert TV Airs Viewer Faves In December

Johnny Cash, The Doors, Brazilian Girls, and Marilyn Manson are just a few of the artists whose live performances will be featured in Concert TV’s special year-end programming, set to air all through December 2006. Based on viewer tune-in to original broadcasts throughout the year, these live sets will be available for viewing both on television and on the internet, via Concert TV’s companion cable network and website, Concert.tv.

Launched in 2003, Concert TV airs concert footage and documentaries of rock artists both new and old.

“We've compiled the most requested shows of the year and put them all into December's lineup to give viewers a gift for the holidays that will last all month long,” Concert TV co-founder and president Michael Shimbo said in a statement. “Television on demand offers our viewers the freedom of choice. It also offers Concert TV the ability to program based on their viewing habits and interests.”

He added, “December is a great example of a next generation television experience.”
Check out Concert TV online here.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Cale & Clapton Adds 12/19/06


I finally got around to the new disc from Cale & Clapton, The Road To Escondido. The first three tracks I'm going to add are Missing Person, When This War Is Over & Dead End Road.

The disc has participation from a who's who of musicians including Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks (married to Susan Tedeschi / related to Butch of the ABB), Albert Lee, Pino Palladino (currently out with The Who) and Billy Preston to whom the album is partially dedicated. This is an incomplete list but you get the picture.

So listen for the new tracks and be on the lookout for others in the next week or so.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Top 20 Tracks From Last Week

Here they are based on listener purchases, wishlists & track ratings.


1. Jackson Browne - Doctor My Eyes
2. Thin Lizzy - Angel from the Coast - Jailbreak
3. The Outlaws - South Carolina - Best Of The Outlaws ... Green Grass & High Tides
4. The Merrymakers - I'm In Love - Bubblegun
5. The Coal Porters - Help Me - EP Roulette
6. The Kentucky Headhunters - Oh Lonesome Me - Pickin' On Nashville
7. The Jayhawks - Waiting For The Sun - Hollywood Town Hall
8. The Jayhawks - Take Me With You (When You Go) - Hollywood Town Hall
9. Tammy Wynette - She Didn't Color Daddy - Tears Of Fire : The 25th Anniversary Collection



10. Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin'
11. Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting for the Man - The Best of the Velvet Underground
12. Velvet Crush - The Connection - Stereo Blues
13. Velvet Crush - Rollin' In My Sleep - Soft Sounds
14. Velvet Crush - One Thing Two Believe - Melody Freaks
15. Velvet Crush - One Hundred Years From Now - A Single Odessey
16. Van Dyke Parks - Jump! - Moonlighting
17. Urge Overkill - Sister Havana - Saturation
18. Uncle Tupelo - Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - Anodyne
19. Uncle Tupelo - No Depression 1988 demo
20. U2 - Red Hill Mining Town - The Joshua Tree

Friday, December 15, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ahmet Ertegun Passes


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ahmet Ertegun, who helped define American music as the founder of Atlantic Records, a label that popularized the gritty R&B of Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha Franklin and the British rock of the Rolling Stones, died Thursday, his spokesman said. He was 83.

Ertegun, a Turkish ambassador's son, remained connected to the music scene until his last days -- it was at an October 29 concert by the Rolling Stones at the Beacon Theatre in New York where Ertegun fell, suffered a head injury and was hospitalized. He later slipped into a coma.
"He was in a coma and expired today with his family at his bedside," said Dr. Howard A. Riina, Ertegun's neurosurgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Ertegun will be buried in a private ceremony in his native Turkey, said Bob Kaus, a spokesman for Ertegun and Atlantic Records. A memorial service will be conducted in New York after New Year's.

Ertegun started collecting records for fun, but would later became one of the music industry's most powerful figures with Atlantic, which he founded in 1947.

The label first made its name with rhythm and blues by Charles and Big Joe Turner. It later diversified, making Franklin the "Queen of Soul" as well as carrying the banner of British rock -- with the Rolling Stones, Cream, Led Zeppelin -- and American pop -- with Sonny and Cher, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and others.

Peter Boyle & John Lennon

Boyle was friends with John Lennon, who was the best man at Boyle's 1977 wedding to Lorraine Alterman, with whom he had two daughters, Lucy and Amy. Boyle met Lennon through his wife, a reporter for Rolling Stone who was friends with Yoko Ono.[2]


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Apocalypto Tops Box Office

Mel Gibson’s Mayan action film Apocalypto was the big winner at the box office this weekend. What do you think?

Leslie Garrison,Liquor Store Clerk"I'm not surprised. This movie has something for everyone: human sacrifice, tragic suffering, historical inaccuracies."

Frank Jablonski,Systems Analyst"Well sure. When you've got that huge built-in full-blooded Mayan audience coming out to see it, you're bound to do well."

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

'50s Pop Singer Georgia Gibbs Dies at 87

NEW YORK - Georgia Gibbs, a versatile singer who starred on the popular show "Your Hit Parade" and reached the top of the charts in the 1950s with covers of songs by black artists, has died. She was 87.

Among her 15 Top 40 hits, mostly for Mercury Records, was the tango-based "Kiss of Fire," which went to No. 1 in 1952.

But she is known historically _ and controversially _ as one of the whites who gained success in the 1950s covering rhythm and blues hits by black artists, sometimes upstaging the original versions with sanitized lyrics.

"Tweedle Dee," an adaptation of LaVern Baker's R&B hit, reached No. 2 in 1954, while "Dance With Me Henry," another R&B cover, reached No. 1 in 1955 with cleaned-up lyrics.
The original, "Roll With Me, Henry" or "The Wallflower," was by Etta James as an "answer song" to the hit "Work With Me, Annie."

"At that time you weren't allowed to say 'roll' because it was considered vulgar," James said in a 1987 Associated Press interview. "So when Georgia Gibbs did her version, she renamed it 'Dance With Me, Henry' and it went to No. 1 on the pop charts."

Gibbs, born Freda Lipschitz in Worcester, Mass., in 1919, began singing in Boston ballrooms as a teenager, using the name Gibbons, later becoming Georgia Gibbs. As her star rose, Moore began introducing her on the air as "Her Nibs, Miss Georgia Gibbs," which became a popular phrase.
Although Gibbs was semiretired after 1960, her singing career spanned more than 60 years, "a remarkable and enduring talent, and very persistent," Gottlieb said.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Chris Knight In Atlanta, GA 12/9/06


We had the distinct pleasure of attending the Caddle/Chris Knight show last night at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta. Caddle is a Birmingham, AL based cowpunk, insurgent country outfit.

Chris was great with the 4 piece band playing a set list covering all 4 of his major label releases. My memory tells me he played the greatest amount of tunes from the newest Enough Rope and also from Jealous Kind. However I would love for someone to post a set list as I know people there were keeping track. I believe over 80% of the attendees knew every lyric and sang along.

Chris Knight is outstanding and if you don't have all 4 records you are about half a communist. Here is a photo album from last night. Look out Wilson!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Top 20 Tracks From Last Week

Here they are again based on listener purchases, wishlists & track ratings.


1. Jeff Tweedy - New Madrid
2. Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - Friend of the Devil - Live On Letterman: Music From The Late Show
3. Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone

4. John Lennon - Watching The Wheels - Acoustic
5. Will & The Bushmen - Neil Young - Gawk
6. Warren Zevon - Dirty Little Religion - Life'll Kill Ya
7. Warm In The Wake - Good King - Gold Dust Trail
8. Velvet Crush - Save Me A Place - Soft Sounds
9. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance
10. Tom Petty - Saving Grace - Highway Companion
11. The Who - Relay - Live At Lyon
12. The Who - Join Together

13. The Weepies - Gotta Have You



14. The Shakes - Modern Girl - The Single
15. The Shakes - Take My Picture
16. The Shakes - State Of The Art
17. The Pawtuckets - End Of the Line - Cloud 9 Ranch
18. The Jayhawks - Save It For A Rainy Day - Rainy Day Music
19. The Jayhawks - Take Me With You (When You Go) - Hollywood Town Hall
20. The Inlaws - Cash On The Barrelhead - 12-Pack

Elvis Reproduces!!!!!


Twins for Elvis Costello & Diana Krall
By Associated Press


NEW YORK - Elvis Costello and wife Diana Krall are the parents of twin boys. The new arrivals _ named Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James _ were born on Wednesday, according to a statement from the couple. "We are ecstatic!" the statement continued, going on to add that "mother and sons are doing splendidly."

The births came on the couple's third wedding anniversary. The statement provided no other details on the twins.

Costello, 52, is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer known for songs like "Veronica," "Pump It Up" and "Alison." He most recently collaborated with Allen Toussaint on the album "The River in Reverse." The 42-year-old Krall, a jazz singer, released her latest album, "From This Moment On," in September.

The couple live in New York. This is Costello's third marriage, and Krall's first.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Devon Allman's Honeytribe Adds 12/7


I received some discs in the mail recently from Livewire Recordings located right here in the ATL-metro. Among those discs was "Torch" from Devon Allman's Honeytribe. I have added Torch, No Woman,No Cry, Something I Know & 544 Texas Avenue to the playlist. I also added one (Good King) from fellow labelmate Warm In The Wake. Here's a bit about The Tribe from their website.

Say the name Allman and many things jump to mind: the epitome of Southern Rock, the original “jam” band, legendary live shows, the list goes on. Devon Allman’s Honeytribe is all of these things – and none of them at the same time. Genetics aside, this band will please fans of Santana, BB King, The Black Crowes and Widespread Panic. They’ve played with everyone from The Disco Biscuits to Gov’t Mule (of course they’ve shared the stage with The Allman Bros. Band) and they’ve played everywhere from Colorado to Madrid (and all points in between). Honeytribe is truly a worldwide tour de force.

Grammy Nominations

While I quit watching the Grammy Awards in 1980 after Kenny Rogers won over John Lennon...........I did find it interesting that the Dixie Chicks received seceral nominations. As CAR listeners know I love the last record and played, and continue to play chunks of it. Anyway here are a couple of categories for those interested.

That Rick Rubin is not too easy on the eyes but prevalent in this year's nominations. Wonder if he'll clean up?


Record Of The Year
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

Be Without You
Mary J. Blige
Bryan-Michael Cox, producer; Danny Cheung, Tal Herzberg & Dave "Hard-Drive"Pensado, engineers/mixersTrack from: The Breakthrough[Geffen Records]

You're Beautiful
James Blunt
Tom Rothrock, producer; Tom Rothrock & Mike Tarantino, engineers/mixersTrack from: Back To Bedlam[Custard/Atlantic]

Not Ready To Make Nice
Dixie Chicks
Rick Rubin, producer; Richard Dodd, Jim Scott & Chris Testa, engineers/mixersTrack from: Taking The Long Way[Open Wide/Columbia]

Crazy
Gnarls Barkley
Danger Mouse, producer; Ben H. Allen, Danger Mouse & Kennie Takahashi,engineers/mixersTrack from: St. Elsewhere[Downtown/Atlantic]
Put Your Records OnCorinne Bailey RaeSteve Chrisanthou, producer; Steve Chrisanthou & Jeremy Wheatley,engineers/mixersTrack from: Corinne Bailey Rae[Capitol]

Category 2
Album Of The Year
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

Taking The Long Way
Dixie Chicks
Rick Rubin, producer; Richard Dodd, Jim Scott & Chris Testa, engineers/mixers;Richard Dodd, mastering engineer[Open Wide/Columbia]

St. Elsewhere
Gnarls Barkley
Danger Mouse, producer; Ben H. Allen, Danger Mouse & Kennie Takahashi,engineers/mixers; Mike Lazer, mastering engineer[Downtown/Atlantic]

Continuum
John Mayer
Steve Jordan & John Mayer, producers; John Alagia, Michael Brauer, Joe Ferla,Chad Franscoviak, Manny Marroquin & Dave O'Donnell, engineers/mixers; GregCalbi, mastering engineer[Aware/Columbia]

Stadium Arcadium
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rick Rubin, producer; Ryan Hewitt, Mark Linette & Andrew Scheps,engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer[Warner Bros.]

FutureSex/LoveSounds
Justin Timberlake
Nate (Danga) Hills, Jawbreakers, Rick Rubin, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake,producers; Jimmy Douglass, Serban Ghenea, Padraic Kerin, Jason Lader, AndrewScheps, Timbaland & Ethan Willoughby, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr.,mastering engineer[Jive Records/Zomba Label Group]

Monday, December 04, 2006

Top 20 From Last Week

Here are the favorites based on listener purchases, wishlists & track ratings. Thanks for listening and for the feedback. Send somebody a link to www.cosmicamericanradio.com.


1. The Mockers - Pearly Gates
2. John Lennon - Watching The Wheels - Acoustic
3. The Who - Relay - Live At Lyon
4. Hayseed - Wild Horses - Melic
5. Crosby-Nash - Laughing - Another Stoney Evening
6. Sevendust - Hurt - Southside Double - Wide Acoustic Live
7. Guy Clark - Black Diamond Strings - Merlefest Live - The Best of 2003
8. Ice Cream Hands - go when you want to - Memory Lane Traffic Jam
9. Pete Townshend - Drowned - Rarities
10. Cross Canadian Ragweed - Late Last Night - Garage



11. Elvis Presley - Little Sister
12. Will & The Bushmen - Neil Young - Gawk
13. Warren Zevon - Dirty Little Religion - Life'll Kill Ya
14. Uncle Earl - Take These Chains - She Waits For Night
15. Travis Tritt - No More Looking Over My Shoulder - S.H.A.R.E. Songs of Hope, Awareness, and Recovery for Everybody
16. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance
17. The Who - Join Together
18. The Who - Pick Up The Peace - Endless Wire
19. The Weepies - Gotta Have You
20. The Shakes - Modern Girl - The Single

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The DCX In the ATL


We took in the Dixie Chicks show last night at Philips Arena. Pete Yorn opened the show and did his 40 minutes before the Chicks came out to do their thing. The band was voluminous (12 members) and the girls sounded and played fantastic. My daughter, who was already in the Chick's corner is now really a believer in girl power.

I loved the new record (any CAR listener can attest and a few did protest) so I guess I could be accused of being a"homer". For a full unbiased (I suppose) review of the show (with set list) from the AJC click here.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Who still has it (review of Gwinnett Arena, Atlanta concert)

I lifted this from another attendee at Gwinett that night on "Window Spaces" which I have never heard of.

November 25

The Who still has it (review of Gwinnett Arena, Atlanta concert)

The night before Thanksgiving, my wife and I took a drive from Cleveland TN (not Ohio) where we were visiting our parents for the holiday, down to Atlanta to see one of my favorite rock bands, The Who. Despite being over 60 years in age (they ain't old yet) Roger and Pete brought it just as well as they did when I saw them back in 89. The only downer was Atlanta traffic, where it took us like two and a half hours to travel 20 miles (in Atlanta's defense, it was the day before Thanksgiving on 295, but still.)

The night started out pretty awesome with the Pretenders as an opening act. Clearly they were a cut above the average opening act and it showed. Chrissie Hynde and band gave it a good go and was quite energetic. They played like 10 songs.

Then Roger, Pete and band came out and rocked for like two hours. They did some classics including My Generation, Can't Explain, and what my wife and I have dubbed the CSI trilogy: Baba O'Reilly, Won't Get Fooled Again, and Who Are You. All of the classics rocked and popped really nice with some excellent graphics on 5 (or 6) video screens that moved around (my view of the screens were partially obscured by speakers in some positions).

One thing that bothered me was with the new material. Pete Townshend is an artist, and his material on the new album is very very good. I have experienced the same kind of thing with Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, and even Jethro Tull when I have seen them in concert. Pete even made reference to this a bit when he explained that he was going to play his new rock opera (in mini form, at least) and made reference to the idea that people would want their money back, and that one of the older songs that they sang was "our" song more than his these days. True enough because as a 61 year old dude, he is no longer a punk kid, but a respected artist.

I personally would rather go see them do only new stuff, and perhaps a few reworked versions of old songs in new forms. But a dose of nostalgia is great too.

The Who concerts are all recorded and taped for sale if you want to see what you missed, a touch that is made even more nice by the fact that the proceeds go to some decent looking charities (you will have to do some searching for more information about what charities): http://www.themusic.com/encore/thewho2006/

For a professional review/setlist, check here.

Scott Miller Last Night In Atlanta


My most significant other and I attended the Scott Miller solo Amtrak tour show at Smith's in Atlanta last night. He was in great shape and it was fantastic. Unfortunately for fans like me there was no new music to purchase but I did learn of a site (archive.org) where Scott's sound team informed me they have archived about 50 shows for download. I'll be checking that out as it was new to me.

Anyone with the setlist post it in the comments section if you don't mind. The picture is from last night. Check out Scott's blog entries for the mini-tour.