Posts Tagged ‘ Kenneth E. Oquist ’

Bachman’s ‘Heavy Blues’: Grammy Possibility

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April 17, 2015
Bachman’s ‘Heavy Blues’: Grammy Possibility

First the good news — a solid recording by a totally unappreciated guitar player, who is not on Rolling Stone’s top list. The last song is a blues ballad called “We Need to Talk”, boring at times, does not fit in and fizzles out the album, being the bad news. That said, this album...
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Gordon Lightfoot Superstar of Canada Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fall

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December 21, 2013
Gordon Lightfoot Superstar of Canada Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fall

        Merry Christmas to Gordon and his excellent family. I will say right off that the best of the best sing, write and play. Gordon is the shining example of this, and then some. My Dad was pretty good. My Mother not so much. I sing like her so I had...
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Alex de Grassi: Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

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October 3, 2013
Alex de Grassi: Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

  One of the most beautiful acoustic solo releases of all time is ‘Turning: Turning Back.’ Out of print and hard to hear I had this on cassette on a Sony Walkman. At 100 dollars on Cd your only option digitally I am hearing this on LP digital these days. ‘Southern Exposure’,’ Clockwork’ and...
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Danny O’Keefe -Acoustic Guitar Hall Of Fame Dark Horse

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August 8, 2013
Danny O’Keefe -Acoustic Guitar Hall Of Fame Dark Horse

   Being a long time fan and having seen him live I appreciate him enough to say he is deserving of The Acoustic Guitar Hall Of Fame. Writing “Good Time Charlie Got the Blues” is  a big thing. Danny goes much deeper than that. ‘O’Keefe’ is “Good Time Charlie” all over again. This is...
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The Pet Shop Boys ‘Electric’ is a Winner.

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July 20, 2013
The Pet Shop Boys ‘Electric’ is a Winner.

‘Elysium’ released only 10 months ago, was to me a disappointment. One of my least favorites in the entire catalogue, at best is only 3 stars. ‘Electric’ is what The Pet Shop Boys sound like on their best releases, like themselves. “Axis” starts out with a keyboard wash intro and gets funky. The beat...
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The Mahones ‘Angel & Devils’: A Review

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March 16, 2013
The Mahones ‘Angel & Devils’: A Review

This has been out since late last year, but don’t forget this for your St. Patrick’s Day music. As with all their releases, you always get four stars every time. This is no exception. Let me say Four plus plus here. The title track is simply a loud acoustic song as is the theme...
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Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell’s ‘Old Yellow Moon’ has a Grammy Winning Feel

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March 13, 2013
Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell’s ‘Old Yellow Moon’ has a Grammy Winning Feel

This screams Grammy Winner past just being a nominee. I like it a lot being a huge Rodney fan. That being said, this is what Grammy voters swoon over. That would be veteran collaborations such as this. I would say this is 4 and 1/2 star listening. “Black Caffeine” has the romance and caffeine...
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The 55th Grammy Awards Results.

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February 11, 2013
The 55th Grammy Awards Results.

  The results for the 55th Grammys are in. The Best New Artist was Fun and this is a good choice. The Record of the Year goes to Gotye with “Someone I Used to Know”. The biggie The Album of the Year was ‘Babel’ by Mumford and Sons. The Song of the Year goes...
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The Dropkick Murphy’s — ‘Signed and Sealed in Blood’: A Review

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January 29, 2013
The Dropkick Murphy’s — ‘Signed and Sealed in Blood’: A Review

By Kenneth E. Oquist ‘Signed and Sealed in Blood’, the latest from The Dropkick Murphy’s out of Boston, is solid from beginning to end. “The Season’s Upon us” is a holiday song with a dark side to it. It paints a realistic dark family portrait. “End of the Night” has a sing along chorus...
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‘Pretzel Logic’-Steely Dan’s Lyrically Unique Gem

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January 13, 2013
‘Pretzel Logic’-Steely Dan’s Lyrically Unique Gem

This is not Steely Dan’s best. That would be ‘Aja’. There are a few other releases by the Dan better. There are none more interesting than ‘Pretzel Logic’. This is the most lyrically interesting release possibly ever recorded. The Beatles had songs that were amazing non-sensical lyrically . They did not do an entire...
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Rick Springfield’s ‘Songs For the End of the World’ is Essential Rock: A Review

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December 29, 2012
Rick Springfield’s ‘Songs For the End of the World’ is Essential Rock: A Review

When chicks were screaming for Rick, I called it Rick ‘n’ Roll. Even those guys that may have thought he wasn’t cool, they were probably jealous. Teen icons come and go, but the latest from Rick is 4++ solid veteran Rock listening. Do not let this get lost in major releases. This is really...
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Green Day’s-’Tre!’: A Review

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December 12, 2012
Green Day’s-’Tre!’: A Review

Debuting on the day of  release in the top 5, ‘Tre!’ shows the popularity of Green Day. This is 4 1/2 listening as are the predecessors . The bare bones acoustic “Drama Queen” is among the best here. The range of this release is quite deep, perhaps even more so than the other two....
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Musical Stocking Stuffers — Obscure Classics — Single Song Recommendations

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November 27, 2012
Musical Stocking Stuffers — Obscure Classics — Single Song Recommendations

If you only hear one Duke Robillard song, make it the lilting “Pony Blues” — my favorite song by a great musician that should be bigger. The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” as heard on Sirius XM Radio’s Holly channel is another must have. “Grim Travelers” is an excellent song you probably never heard...
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