John Wetton

I heard the sad news this morning that we have lost John Wetton to cancer, such a great talent and from all I have heard, a wonderful human being. He leaves behind a long and influential career and an incredibly diverse catalog of music.

John Wetton has always been one of my favorite prog vocalists and bassists, but his work with King Crimson on Red stands out as a highlight for me. Here’s a great live version of “Starless” from a 1974 show. Shit don’t get much better than this.

He’ll be missed.

In Memory Of

The Tedeschi Trucks band with an emotionally scorching version of Liz Reed the day after the death of Derek’s uncle and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Butch Trucks.

This one hurts a lot, especially as it was reported a few days later to be a suicide. The Allman Brothers have played a very special role in my life and their music has been an important part in the maintaining of my own mental health. From the sixty or so times I’ve seen them live to the thousands of hours of listening to live shows, their presence has been an ongoing source of peace to me. Their virtuoso performances, improvised jams, non-repeating set lists, dual guitars, three drummer freight train rhythm section have made them my favorite live band.

I did a little math and I figure at least sixty shows at a minimum of two and a half hours per show and I’m going to say a full week of my life was spent with Butch and the band. The Allman Brothers have always considered themselves a family, a family that included their fans. I’m a proud member of the family and together we mourn. RIP Butchie, I hope you have found the peace that you helped so many others find for themselves.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fanfare For The Common Man

The world lost Keith Emerson to suicide on March 10, 2016 and I have been having a really hard time with this fact. As someone who struggles with depression it is always overwhelmingly tragic when someone chooses to end their own life.

Keith was an amazing talent and I will continue to love the music that he created while he was with us.

Sometimes we forget that our heroes are human.

Allen Toussaint – Loss of a Legend

The Mix Tape on the passing of the legendary Allen Toussaint. Hopefully you’ve heard of him. You have certainly heard him, even if you didn’t know you were listening.

It’s only a small exaggeration to say that everyone covered Toussaint’s songs. Any decent record collection that includes a representative sampling of releases from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will include songs written or produced by Toussaint.

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Flying Turkey Trot

Heard that former REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath has passed away. Way too young at 65, he’s certainly had his demons. Well before the HiInfidelity ballad days REO was a decent band with roots playing the bars in Southern Illinois.

I always thought that Gary was a talent that maybe didn’t get the recognition he deserved as REO gained fame for the more pop flavored tunes.

I’d sure have loved to see him play some more bluesy stuff on that Les Paul but here’s a song / solo that showcases him fairly well.

On To the Heart of the Sunrise

I was saddened to wake up this morning to the news that Chris Squire has passed. The only constant member of Yes, Chris was famous for his intricate bass lines, all expertly played on that ubiquitous Rickenbacker.

There will be no shortage of videos posted today displaying his work with Yes, I thought I would share something different and give you a couple favorites from his 1975 solo album A Fish Out of Water.

I’ve felt him literally shake stadiums, the world definitely lost some thunder today. You will be missed Chris.