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January 14, 2015

Arlo Guthrie brings his "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour" to the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, January 25th. Woody’s son will perform his most famous tune, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," an 18-minute satirical talking blues song, for the first time in a decade. Maybe he’ll also perform Massachusetts, which was named the official folk song of that state. Anyone know what Florida’s official folk song is?

Interesting side note: Guthrie received religious training for his bar mitzvah from Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Gypsy Davy, by Arlo Guthrie

Taken from Arlo’s Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys effort in 1973. It’s a traditional song originally reworked by dad Woody.

Lightning Bar Blues, by Arlo Guthrie

A Hoyt Axton song from Guthrie’s 1972 album Hobo’s Lullaby: “I don't need no diamond ring / I don't need no Cadillac car / Just want to drink my Ripple wine / Down in the Lightning Bar…”

Deportees (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos), by Arlo Guthrie

Also written by Woody Guthrie, Deportees details the January 1949 crash of a plane near Los Gatos Canyon. Arlo Guthrie included his own version in an eponymous album released in 1974. The accident resulted in the deaths of 32 people -- 4 Americans and 28 migrant farm workers who were being deported from California back to Mexico. Guthrie was inspired to write the song by what he considered the racist mistreatment of the passengers before and after the accident.

Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys, Arlo Guthrie
Hobo's Lullaby by Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie
January 6, 2015

It’s that time of year when the damn sun shines every single day, bright blue sky only occasionally interrupted by idyllic white clouds dryly floating by. Did I mention that I’m responsible for watering the plants around our property? Anyway, here are my rain songs, and, inexplicably, they work like a chain letter: The more people who play them, the more likely it will rain. So stop being selfish and give a listen, or our lush environment may not remain so for long.

No need for much in the way of introduction for this weeks’ Alter Rockers.

Rain, by The Beatleswas written by John Lennon and released in June 1966 as the B-side of the "Paperback Writer" single. Both songs were recorded during the Revolver sessions, and though neither appears on the recording, the slowed-down rhythm track and backwards vocals on Rain were a hint of things to come on that landmark album, which came out two months later.

Rain Dogs, by Tom Waitsis the title track from his eighth album, released in 1985. Rolling Stone magazine called the recording "bony and menacingly beautiful." It appears on the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch' Down By Law (1986).

Rainy Day, Dream Away, by The Jimi Hendrix Experiencecomes from Electric Ladyland, Hendrix’ third and final studio effort with The Experience. The double album, released in 1968, was Jimi’s most commercially successful – the only one to hit number one on the charts.

Rain, by The Beatles
Rain Dogs, by Tom Waits
Rainy Day, Dream Away, by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
December 22, 2014

Joe Cocker, one of the greats (and a personal favorite), died yesterday at age 70 from lung cancer. The New York Times obit covers his career in some detail. How can he not be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Here are three songs by the raspy-voiced singer infamously imitated by John Belushi on Saturday Night Live. The first, Many Rivers To Cross, is Cocker at his most soulful. Hitchcock Railway is a rocker from Cocker's first album (1969). And With A Little Help From My Friends is of course his well known Beatles cover. Here's what Paul McCartney has to say about the Cocker version: “It was just mind-blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem, and I was forever grateful for him for having done that.”

Many Rivers To Cross by Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker's First Album Cover
Joe Cocker at Woodstock