Stevie and Janis

July 12, 1970 ~ Janis Joplin is playing the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and a local band by the name of Fritz opens for her. Janis made an impression on the lead singer who watches in awe as Janis works the audience through her set. Stevie Nicks credits Pearl later for showing her how to connect with an audience …

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Blind Faith at Madison Square Garden

Blind Faith kicks off their maiden US tour at “The Garden” on July 12, 1969. Their debut album isn’t even out yet but that doesn’t matter — it’s a sell-out mainly because of Clapton’s guitar-god star power.

There’s a bit of controversy and legend attached to the event. Near the end of concert, many notice one of Ginger Baker’s drum sticks shatter and fly off the edge of the stage. An eager fan jumps up to grab it and is mauled by a security guy. Ginger didn’t like the treatment of the fan, jumps off his perch behind the drums and uses the other good drumstick to lay some beats on the security guy’s melon. The ensuing melee causes the concert to end abruptly with Clapton, Winwood and Baker being escorted from the stage.

Rock legend.

Who the hell is Lee Hazlewood? 

Born on July 9, 1929, he was arguably one of the most important writer/producers in the industry. He has a couple dozen albums to his name, worked with pioneering rock guitarist Duane Eddy and his music has been covered by Beck, Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch, The Tubes, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Nick Cave and others. He was – an important part of the underground rock scene in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s.

“You won’t find it on any maps, but take a step in any direction and you’re in trouble.”  

Lee Hazlewood

“Let there be harmony, let there be fun, and 12 notes of music to make us all one.”

His politics got a little wonky for me in the latter days, but I’ve been diggin’ the CDB since college when Charlie Daniels introduced me to “southern rock.” I was hooked. I met him doing a interview a few years later and I was at his induction into the Grand Ol’ Opry on January 19, 2008. Charlie Daniels WAS the genuine article. Rest easy.

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

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

The Allman Brothers at The Fillmore East

Some call it the greatest live album ever and it’s hard to argue. Released on July 6, 1971, it’s #49 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

In 2004, the album was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, deemed to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” by the National Recording Registry.