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Recent Live Video
Chuck Charles Live At Goodbar

We're bundling some of the recent Big Wednesday videos here in one place. Watch and enjoy a cover and an original.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-08-22 Read post
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Robbie Robertson
R.I.P. For One Of My Favorites

As pop-rock legends age and die, everybody in media seems to write think pieces about the artist and what they mean. I guess we're kind of doing that - but this is really just a hastily-assembled collection of thoughts about the music career of Robbie Robertson. Also: Listen to his album Storyville!

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-08-09 Read post
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Story Time With Shay (#3)
Marijuana Edible Overdose

More of our semi regular segment, Story Time With Shay, where our Irish drummer Shay Bell regales us with stories from music and The Bigfellas. An all-timer story; pre-legalized marijuana in California, Shay tried medical marijuana and it did NOT go well, medically.

* Posted by Shay Bell on 2023-07-28 Read post
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Punchmade Dev
You Want Gangsta? He Puts The Organized In Organized Crime

No moralizing or attempts to break down the phenomenon that is Punchmade Dev. Just making sure you know about the breaking rap artist who has MULTIPLE songs that detail how to run credit card and other internet fraud. Wow. Just wow.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-07-25 Read post
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Songs Of The Simpsons
Our Favorites - Doh!

All of the best Simpsons musical moments in one place with both a Spotify list and embedded YouTube links.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-07-18 Read post
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Ed Andrews
My Godfather, Beloved Character Actor

A celebration of my real-life godfather and veteran character actor Edward Andrews. Known for playing stuffed shirts - he was anything but in real life.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-07-11 Read post
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Independence Day
The Story Behind The Song

Everything you want to know about "Independence Day" by Chuck Charles - the origin story, lyrics meaning, the rehearsing and recording. Listen to it here with lyrics and personnel.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-07-04 Read post
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Oregon College Gigs
Money Good

A tale of a couple of eerily quiet but well-paying band shows for us at Oregon colleges ten years ago. Read why touring bands need college gigs, even bad ones.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-06-27 Read post
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Story Time With Shay (#2)
Last Episode of Johnny Carson

More of our semi regular segment, Story Time With Shay, where our Irish drummer Shay Bell regales us with stories from music and The Bigfellas.

* Posted by Shay Bell on 2023-06-14 Read post
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50 Randy Newman Songs You Need To Hear (2 of 2)
Part 2: The Playlist

We love celebrating our favorite musicians and songwriters around here with some words and also a playlist of our favorites. Here in Part 2 we tee up the whole 50-song playlist along with thoughts on each of the 50.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-06-06 Read post
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50 Randy Newman Songs You Need To Hear (1 of 2)
Part 1: Our Randy Thoughts

We love celebrating our favorite musicians and songwriters around here with some words and also a playlist of our favorites. This week it might be our #1 very favorite: Randy Newman. Part 1 here, we make our case for Randy (as if anybody should need us to tell them).

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-05-30 Read post
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Artificial Intelligence - It's Here
Case Study: A.I. in Music

We're scratching the surface on A.I. by taking a look at how artificial intelligence can help and hurt composers. And stick around for the dramatic twist ending.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-05-23 Read post
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Story Time With Shay (#1)
First Drumming Gig

We launch a semi regular segment, Story Time With Shay, where our Irish drummer Shay Bell regales us with stories from music and The Bigfellas.

* Posted by Shay Bell on 2023-05-16 Read post
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Bands As NBA Teams
Did You Ever Wonder What Band The 1995 Houston Rockets Would Be?

High-concept blog post from us this week. Picturing which great (or near-great) NBA team is the embodiment of which legendary band.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-05-09 Read post
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10 Goofball Celebrity Encounters
Famous, Infamous & Nonfamous

Fun change of pace from writing about music; this week I write about celebrity encounters. When you spend enough time in L.A. you're gonna have some oddball anecdotes of celebrities. I'm limiting it to 10 - and two of them involve Bill Cosby.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-05-02 Read post