2019 Year End Wrap-Up

Another year, another favorites of the year blog entry.   I know it’s been quite a while since my last post (about a year, actually) and I don’t know if I’ll be returning to more frequent posting again, but  I can’t resist making lists. Lists, wonderful and succulent lists! Okay, moving on… These are the…

Michael Chapman – “A Spanish Incident”

I’ve been listening to Michael Chapman’s new album, 50, lately.  It’s pretty much, with the exception of The Hired Hands – a various artists tribute to Bruce Langhorne, the only new music I’ve sought out this year so far.  And that’s okay, because 50 is one of Chapman’s best works in his long career. A…

Hot Potatoes: 10 (or 12) of the Best Guitar Albums

Sounding good in almost any genre of music, the guitar is capable of expressing a broad range of human emotion. It can be angry or celestial, confident or jittery, screaming or mellow. Strummed or picked, plugged or unplugged, the guitar has become the dominant world instrument. Here’s a selection of primarily instrumental guitar albums that…

Raindance

April showers – it’s that wet month of the year again. Thinking about rain songs I like, I realized there’s a lot of songs about rain. A lot. Songs with rain in the title, songs with rain in the lyrics, rock songs, jazz songs, folk songs, country songs…  Rain seems to bring out the creative…

Reissues of 2012: Michael Chapman – “Rainmaker” & “Plaindealer”

Two of Michael Chapman’s older albums were reissued in 2012. The more high profile one was his 1969 debut album, “Rainmaker” on deluxe reissue label Light in the Attic.  His weathered vocals and deft guitar playing grace a long career of buried treasure album releases.  “Rainmaker” was the Chapman reissue that got more press, but …