Friday, May 28, 2010

Roger McGuinn's Thunderbyrd 1977 Rockpalast Festival Concert Available At Last!

Finally, 33 years after it took place, Roger McGuinn's Thunderbyrd performance at the first Rockpalast Festival (German TV 1977) has been released on CD and DVD by the WDR-Rockpalast-MIG label from Germany.

This legendary concert was only circulating on bootleg tapes, CDs and DVDs until this month.

Roger McGuinn, Rick Vito, Charlie Harrison, Greg Thomas (with help from Little Feat's Sam Clayton).

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Roland White's solo LP from 1976 released on CD for the first time.

An obscure treasure, Roland White's 1976 solo album 'I Wasn't Born To Rock 'N Roll', originally issued on the Ridge Runner Records label, is re-mastered from the original tapes and released for the very first time on CD.

Roland White, along with his brother Clarence White, made bluegrass and country music history as members of The Kentucky Colonels.

Roland also played in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass, and later in Country Gazette and The Nashville Bluegrass Band.

Clarence famously played with The Byrds, among many others, until his tragic death in 1973.

This album features Alan Munde, Kenny Wertz, Roger Bush and Dave Ferguson playing traditional tunes, as well as a composition called "Powder Creek", co-written by Roland Clarence.

This was the first appearance of this special tune on an album, a song which Roland now describes as having been composed with his brother on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1963!

The package includes original liner notes by Gene Parsons (The Byrds), new reflections from Roland, original album artwork, and one unreleased bonus track not included on the original LP!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

For Our Italian Visitors

For our italian readers:

The current issue of the LATE FOR THE SKY music magazine has a 6 pages long article about Skip Battin, inspired by the release of "Topanga Skyline".

Gene Parsons, Herb Pedersen, Ricky Mantoan and Beppe D'Angelo (italian drummer who worked with Skip) all contributed to the special...

Gene Parsons sent an extract from his unreleased book with a great page on Skip...