Behind The Song: The Charlie Daniels Band, “Long Haired Country Boy”

“I did that very tongue-in-cheek … but things got so serious.”

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Willie Nelson’s ‘First Rose of Spring’ Another Bouquet from the Master

With First Rose of Spring, Willie Nelson’s studio album tally is up to 16 — for the last decade alone. (It’s 70 overall — so far.) Lately, they’ve started rolling into one another, like points along a continuum rather than discrete entities. But even though his last few releases have been thematically similar — he’s been ruminating about mortality, loss and life in the rear view for some time now — they’re each worth savoring as genuine pearls of musical wisdom, delivered by our most revered sage of country Zen.
~ Lynne Margolis, American Songwriter

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Listen To Tom Petty’s Just-Released Original Demo For “You Don’t Know How It Feels” 

The long-rumored expanded edition of Tom Petty’s classic 1994 release Wildflowers will finally see a release date, as the Petty family unveiled the original demo version of the album’s single “You Don’t Know How It Feels” today.

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Steely Dan: Inside the College of Musical Knowledge, Part 1 

From the first album on, Walter and Donald shared an explicit musical vision, swimming against the current of spontaneous, haphazard rock recordings to set a new standard in terms of record production. Disbanding their original lineup of musicians after their third album, they evolved to the essential core of B&F only, and surrounded themselves on albums and in concert by the brightest satellites of the rock and jazz worlds.

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Bandsintown Supports Independent Artists With Dedicated Live Stream Series 

Bandsintown has stepped in its game in the live music world today with the expansion of its Bandsintown LIVE streaming platform hosting artist performances Monday-Friday and festivals, channel takeovers and more on the weekend.

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Behind The Song: John Prine, “Hello In There” 

“I delivered to a Baptist old people’s home where we’d have to go room-to-room,” he said, “and some of the patients would kind of pretend that you were a grandchild or nephew that had come to visit, instead of the guy delivering papers. That always stuck in my head.”

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