Shot Of Rhythm

[ Thursday, August 10, 2006 ]


Attn: Hall Of Fame, Part 2

Gary "U.S." Bonds...let me count the ways...

-He is the source of a series of well-known party records from the early-1960s, part of the Virginia-based "beach music" craze that set a new standard for wildly energetic R&B.

-He, in partnership with the mighty Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, wrote a string of fine country-soul songs through the late-60s and early-70s, including the Johnny Paycheck chart-topper "She's All I Got," which got Bonds and Swamp Dogg nominated for CMA's Songwriter Of The Year in 1970.

-In the early 1980s, Bonds returned to the charts with his collaborations with Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, two albums (DEDICATION and ON THE LINE) that not only mark Bonds' creative triumph, but help tell the story of how Bruce got from THE RIVER to BORN IN THE USA with a much different tone than NEBRASKA.

-Throughout his career, Bonds' powerful, versatile voice and uniformly deft back-up musicians made records that were as deep as any soul records and as cracking as any rock 'n' roll classic.

-He's still out there rockin', putting on consistently great shows...

Hear for yourself. "Take Me Back To New Orleans" is from his first heyday, "Rendezvous" and "Daddy's Come Home" from the E Street renaissance.

"Take Me Back To New Orleans"


"Daddy's Come Home"

On the box right now: Gary "U.S." Bonds, ON THE LINE.


Dove With Claws [6:59 PM]

[ Tuesday, August 08, 2006 ]


Attn: Hall Of Fame

Had it in my head to do a few entries spotlighting overlooked artists who deserve a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today, to kick it off, I figure I'd begin with Thin Lizzy, the Irish hard-rock band whose legacy continues to sound better and better. Tuneful heavy-metal with the precise songcraft of Phil Lynott and the now-ubiquitous, harmonizing twin-lead guitars, Thin Lizzy helps bridge stylistic gaps between hard rock, punk, New Wave, and even a singer/songwriter axis from Springsteen to Jackson Browne. With a raft of great records (both rockers and ballads), a legion of musician fans, and a unique place in the rock canon, Thin Lizzy deserves to be enshrined. Everybody knows "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Jailbreak" and "Whiskey In The Jar," but - as great as those tracks are - I thought I'd hit with three that, while just as good, are slightly less appreciated.

"The Rocker"


"Cowboy Song"

Coming soon...Gary "U.S." Bonds, Grandmaster Flash, Gram Parsons, Chic and more woefully ignored pioneers.

On the box right now: Roy Orbison, SINGS LONELY AND BLUE. One of three reissues of prime-era Orbison work. Fine stuff.


Dove With Claws [11:29 AM]