It's All About The Music 
October
 2017

By, For, and About Musicians and Artists Since 2007







COUNTRY MUSIC SONGWRITER
RODNEY CROWELL





Rodney Crowell's performance recently at the Capitol Theater in Olympia Washington was stellar in every way. With just two other musicians at his side who played violin, mandolin and guitars and contributed to Crosby Stills and Nash type of tight harmonies the three men wowed and appreciative audience for over ninety minutes. Rodney Crowell is the only Country music artist to ever have 5 # 1 Hit songs off one album! He has won two Grammy's and is an award winning producer and songwriter for many other artists since his early days in Emmy Lou Harris' band years ago. I've been watching his latest video this past week called " It Ain't Over Yet " which was inspired by the loss of his friend and legendary songwriter Guy Clarke who passed just months ago. My heart probably skips a beat every time they get to the chorus. Another grammy-bound record which contains this aforementioned song , the album " Close Ties " will keep Rodney Crowell on the forefront of great American songwriters for years to follow. My first time seeing him in concert I've been a fan for over twenty years because he is so " un-country " although he is well respected in Nashville circles. Crowell is more like a Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor or Dan Fogelberg than a ( sorry ) Blake Shelton or Luke whats-his name. Crowell has been making music for over five decades since his humble days spent growing up in Texas .Don't let him fool you though, the sixty-six year old was sporting a body of lean muscle and strong arms as he presented his music clad in but only a black T, black jeans and sneakers. Crowell never even drank water and he was tireless, dynamic and powerful. Preceding his show was Ericka Corban who competed last season on the voice. The audience loved her songs and revealing honesty . Rodney Crowell is a unique American song stylist with a tremendous voice and I recommend that you take in his next show. We can ride together! bjm

SEE RODNEY CROWELL'S LATEST VIDEO AND NEW CD INFORMATION AT:  https://www.rodneycrowell.com/

(photo of Rodney Crowell courtesy of Getty Images)


SEATTLE'S PROGRESSIVE ROCK MUSIC SCENE LIVES ON
IN THE VOICE AND GUITARS OF

AYRON JONES


photo credit: Karen Mason-Blair

Review by Bruce J Maier


AUDIO PAINT JOB
AYRON JONES; Guitar and Vocals

This is one of the best records I have heard in a very long time as this artist stands out like someone who is here to stay. I haven't been able to stop listening to the songs because every one is well written, produced and performed. Ayron Jones' lyrics will make you think hard about life and then pick you up and make you want to dance. One of the best guitar players to come out of the acclaimed musical Pacific Northwest in years Ayron Jones' multiple talents as a singer and songwriter are a welcomed  emergence ! Read my complete review in DISCOVERED - click here 


So Many Notes To Play!
by Bruce J Maier


How many notes we play per measure does not determine our proficiency nor our ability to captivate an audience. Being a speed wizard on guitar, sax, piano, violin or drums for example doesn't mean you're a great musician. It can mean that you either are learning how to play in front of others or that you are a total show-off 
:) 

I've played with all kinds of musicians who in their own ways were all " great ". There are the Julliard schooled players who are so regimented that they can't communicate with someone like myself who plays by ear, or with Stevie Wonder for that matter who cannot see the sheet music. Then there are players who can totally wing it, like the late Terry Kath of the band, Chicago. Here were all these fantastic horn players and orchestra, big band jazz cats around him who could read a chart from two miles up. Yet Kath couldn't read a note of music and he was equal in every other way as a contributor and writer for the band. Remember "25 or Six to Four " , " Make Me Smile " or " Color My World : ? All lead sung by Terry Kath and co-written by him. Yes he could play blistering fast lead guitar licks all day but he didn't have anything to prove. he just got into the groove, set the pace and let it flow. One of my early heroes whom I got to see Live in concert in Seattle, I would later learn of the total admiration he earned of the rest of Chicago Transit Authority.

So you don't have to play every note you know in the four to eight bars you've been given to solo in. Just play well. It worked for BB King and so many others. Chuck Berry played cool licks and knew his instrument but how he played to the audience, the same way BB and Kath played locked them into the " conscious receptors " of the minds of audiences by the millions More is not always " better ". 



Bruce J Maier











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