Monthly Archive:: March 2015

Beale Street, When it was the Center of Black Culture

Rufus Thomas, of the “Funky Chicken,” once said of Memphis’  Beale Street that it was heaven. “I told a white fella,” Thomas  said, “that if you were black for one Saturday night on Beale Street, you would never want to be white anymore.” It’s one of my favorite places in the world, and even

Over the moon about Los Lobos in Seattle

Many of my friends may be seeing some break-out new band in Austin tonight, but whoever they are, they won’t be as good as Los Lobos were last night at the Triple Door in Seattle. I enjoyed talking with the band backstage about their first-ever Seattle show in the eighties — which was a

The “New Jimi Hendrix album” isn’t new, and isn’t much Jimi really

If you’re wondering about the “new” Jimi Hendrix album, well it’s not truly new, and it’s also not truly Jimi Hendrix. Here’s me discussing it on KUOW today.…/frontman-jimi-hendrix-came-sideman-jimmy-…