Thursday, August 30, 2018

R.I.P. Billy Ray Latham

Billy Ray Latham, the gregarious banjo player and showman with The Country Boys, The Kentucky Colonels, The Dillards and many other bluegrass bands, died on Sunday August 21, 2018 in Nashville at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 80 years of age.

David Crosby tour and new album

David Crosby will tour the U.S. this fall with his Lighthouse Band, kicking off the five-week run on November 2nd at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre. The trek will wrap on December 8th at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday, August 24th.

The Lighthouse Band — comprised of Becca Stevens, Michael League of Snarky Puppy and Michelle Willis — is also collaborating with Crosby on his upcoming solo album, which will be released via BMG this fall. The album will be the musician’s fourth solo album in five years, following his 2017 effort Sky Trails. Stevens, League and Willis previously worked with Crosby on the tour supporting his 2016 album Lighthouse. More details about the new album are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, Crosby is the subject of a new documentary produced by Cameron Crowe and directed by A.J. Eaton, who has been following the musician for several years. The film, announced in April, will be the first fully-authorized documentary on Crosby and will released by BMG. “David Crosby has been near the forefront of music and social change for the last four decades”, Crowe said in a statement when the documentary was announced. “Now 76, he’s forging a new path by seeking out younger musicians and trying to make a mark in a world now so different from the generation he came to define in the 60’s. It’s a raw and moving portrait, rough edges and all.”

Monday, August 13, 2018

"New" Gram Parsons compilation CD just released

Rhino has just released a « new » Gram Parsons compilation CD called THE SOLO YEARS.

Tracklist (all tracks “remastered versions”):

1. Return Of The Grievous Angel
2. A Song For You
3. Love Hurts
4. Streets Of Baltimore
5. Ooh Las Vegas
6. Still Feeling Blue
7. I Can't Dance
8. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning
9. She
10. In My Hour Of Darkness
11. Brass Buttons
12. $1000 Wedding

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Recommended articles by David Chirko

Our correspondent David Chirko sent us a link to 2 articles that he wrote about Gene Clark, David Crosby and John Guerin.

Read them here:

Thanks David.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman / Marty Stuart "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" Tribute Tour started on July 24

There are many comments on many websites and forums all over the internet, so I won't comment any further.

Here's an excerpt from the first concert at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles

John York concerts in August 2018

John York solo

Saturday, August 11, 2018  8pm


309 N. Citruus Ave. Covina CA 91723


Reservations: 626-339-7020


John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

Sunday August 19, 2018, 7pm 

The Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236


Sunday, July 15, 2018

New Roger McGuinn CD now available - SWEET MEMORIES

Roger McGuinn's first "rock" CD since 2004 is now available. It includes three newly recorded BYRDS hits without samples, eight original songs and one fun "Friday" song.

You can get it from CDBaby at

Album Notes

“Sweet Memories” is the first studio rock CD that Roger McGuinn has recorded since 2004. It is the CD fans have been asking for at Roger’s concerts. They are continually asking for a studio version of the BYRDS songs. So, Roger re-recorded three BYRDS hits from scratch and they were so artistically performed that everyone asks, “Did you use samples?” The answer is no! He played every instrument and sang every vocal including harmonies on “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “ So You Want To Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star.” There are also nine other songs never recorded before.¬¬

“Sweet Memories” is a trip down memory lane for Roger McGuinn. It all begins when you open the package and see a letter he wrote to his family in 1965 on the back of a publicity photo of his new group, the BYRDS. He explains to his parents that their first song was written by Bob Dylan of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. The publicity photo Roger wrote on the back of is included in the collage of photos from Roger’s past on the opposite panel of the CD package. Get out your magnifying glass and see if you can identify the friends from a span of 60 years.

There are 8 other songs that Roger and Camilla have written over the years. This CD seemed the perfect time to record them.
"Chestnut Mare Christmas" - A continuation of the "Chestnut Mare" story. They were reluctant to write a sequel to that classic but the story continues with a tender message and Marty Stuart playing a galloping guitar!

“Grapes of Wrath”- The inspiration for this song is the black and white 1940 Henry Fonda movie which the McGuinns enjoy watching on a rainy day.

Sweet Memories”- Written in the early 1980s in Morro Bay, California. The late New York DJ, Pete Fornatale, was always encouraging Roger record it. The song was a favorite of Pete’s. To the McGuinns it wasn’t finished yet. There were still the European trips to write about and the wonderful train rides. Unfortunately, Pete passed on before it was recorded. When thinking about the title for this CD, that song seemed so appropriate because of all the memories on this disc.

“Catching Rainbows” took years to write and just as long to record. It didn’t fall into place until the beginning of this CD. It too is a song about the McGuinn adventures. The rainbow photo on the back of the CD with the song list was taken by Camilla on an ocean voyage.

It was “5:18” in the afternoon when the McGuinns were sitting on their garden porch in Morro Bay, California watching a storm rolling onto the California coast. At that time, they never dreamed of leaving California, but they did move a few years later.

“The Tears” was written by Camilla on an airplane returning home to California after a long tour. She was thinking about Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Bells.” With a hotel scratch pad and pen, words were scribbled about all the tears many have shed in the privacy of a closet.

Roger loves the being on the ocean. “At The Edge of The Water” was written by him during the morning dawn while sitting on a ship’s balcony with his guitar.

“Light Up The Darkness” was written in the McGuinns' small rented condo in Century City within a year of their marriage. It was the beginning of a long beautiful relationship in life and work.

“Friday” - Roger recorded the song “Friday” because he and Camilla laughed so hard watching the spoof video on youtube they couldn’t stay in their chairs. 

They even had to research the song to make sure it wasn’t written by Bob Dylan. Roger emailed the creator of the video, Nate Herman, and told him how much enjoyed his work and was thinking of recording the song himself. Nate replied, “Life imitating art imitating life.”