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The Ballad Of Bob Dylan
"Like A Maggie's Positively Leopard-Skin Homesick Blues"

Full disclosure: I'm about to brag a little about a song I love that I wrote and performed. It's a LONG love letter to Bob Dylan that sounds like mid-1960s Dylan while singing in 2020 about his past 55 years.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-09 Read post

John Mellencamp - Underrated Songs
Check It Out

Some John Mellencamp non-hits that I love came up recently in the old random machine. So, I thought I should put 10 of his songs that deserved better in front of you here for your enjoyment. Dig in.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-02 Read post

Endless Drummer
Kevin's Story & Some Great Advice

Quasi-Bigfella Kevin Walker shares his story as a drummer: When he fell in love with it, what he's learned and his personal advice to drummers.

Posted by Kevin Walker on 2022-07-26 Read post

J.D. Boucharde
We Lost A Really Good Guy

Though I'm not the first person to eulogize San Diego musician J.D. Boucharde or even his closest friend, I've got plenty of great things to say about JD here - many of which I'm now happy that I did tell him when he was alive.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-07-19 Read post

Album Art
Are Musicians Getting Their Money's Worth?

Guest author and veteran music journalist Jim Trageser takes a deep dive into the history of album art and if it truly is a factor in selling records

Posted by Jim Trageser on 2022-07-12 Read post

July 4, 2015 - Guemes Island, WA
The 4th of July Festival That Wasn't

A tale of a beautiful island haven in Northwest Washington where the locals love us, even when they temporarily hated the venue we played at.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-07-05 Read post

Favorite SNL Sketches
A Saturday Night Live Playlist

We aren't trying to change a lot of comedy minds here. Just trying to put a lot of (personal) favorite SNL sketches in one place for viewing purposes.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-28 Read post

Rock Critics
The Good, The Bad & The Pretentious

We put on our music fan hats and lament the lack of entertaining and/or useful music reviews over the past 50 years.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-21 Read post

The Lawrence Welk Show
A Counter To The Counter-Culture

Reprint of Charlie article for San Diego Troubadour. You might not know it but we are one of the most foremost experts on The Lawrence Welk Show (of people who are still alive).

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-14 Read post

Prince's "1999"
It's Four Different Songs In Four Decades

An exploration of "1999" by Prince and how a party song actually changes its meaning over the years

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-07 Read post

Adam & Eve & Ted & Alice
The Comic Book That Instead Became A Song

Once upon a time, we wrote and recorded a song called "Adam & Eve & Ted & Alice" which isn't as irreverent as one would think. Here's everything you want to know about the song. And more.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-31 Read post

A Tom Waits Celebration: Part 2
Great Playlist

In Part 2 of our Tom Waits fest we give you a sneaky way in if you're not yet a fan, a killer Top 50 playlist and why some of our favorites are our favorites

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-24 Read post

A Tom Waits Celebration: Part 1
Six Degrees Of Tom Waits

People either love or hate Tom Waits, not too much room in-between. In Part 1 of our celebration, we define the six degrees of Tom Waits

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-17 Read post

Don't Give It Away
How Some Bands End Up Playing For Free

Bands have to do a lot for free to be heard, but playing at a club where there's an audience is not one of them.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-10 Read post

October 12, 2004 - Chicago
Wise Fools Pub show

We try to convey how fantastic this little 30-person show was in Chicago on a small Midwestern tour from a small California band in 2004.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-03 Read post