Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Allman Brothers End of Era

Well tonight was the last show by The Allman Brothers Band. I shared the news during the A to Z Challenge in this post. Also the post has more music!

How do you celebrate an ending? By looking back and celebrating what is now a legacy.

The band had "Dreams"even back in 1969..

Now the band is going "Into the Mystic" covering Van Morrison on one of their final shows 10/25/2014...

Even now it is hard to find a band that has a better guitar attack than Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Below is "Blue Sky" performed in Germany in 1991.

I am hoping I am finding different songs to say farewell.

"Trouble No More" might fit..

Thanks for the music, memory, and we will see what tomorrow brings after all you were born "A Ramblin' Man"

Thanks I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Simon Le Bon

Today is Simon Le Bon's birthday. Flashing back to my youth,way back to my pop music youth. Duran Duran was one of the most successful pop bands of the 80s and Simon Le Bon was their lead singer.

Hungry Like the Wolf

Yes sit back and have a 80s flash back. Continuing with "Rio"

"Wild Boys"

They were quite "Notorious"

Happy Birthday Simon Le Bon!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Rankings After week 9: 1,2, and 21 last undefeated teams

Florida State and Mississippi State are one and two as the last remaining big conference undefeated team. Marshall is undefeated as well. Ole Miss was upset by LSU 10-7.

Florida State will be tested by Louisville on Thursday, Arkansas will challenge Mississippi State, and the game of the week will feature #14 Auburn at #5 Mississippi. #8 TCU visits red hot #20 West Virginia and #16 Utah at #18 Arizona State looks like a fun game.

1) Florida State University Seminoles (7-0) did not play. The Seminoles are back in action Thursday as they visit Louisville.

2) Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-0) beat Kentucky 45-31. The Bulldogs host Arkansas on Saturday.

3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1) did not play. The Irish visit Navy on Saturday.

4) Georgia Bulldogs (6-1) did not play. The Bulldogs go to Jacksonville to meet the Florida Gators.

5) Mississippi Rebels (7-1) lost to LSU 10-7. The Rebels host Auburn on Saturday,

6) Kansas State Wildcats (6-1) blanked Texas 23-0. The Wildcats host Oklahoma State on Saturday.

7) Alabama Crimson Tide  (7-1) defeated Tennessee 34-20. The Crimson Tide do not play.

8) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (6-1) crushed Texas Tech 82-27. The Horned Frogs visit West Virginia on Saturday.

9) Arizona Wildcats (6-1) rolled past Washington State 59-37. The Wildcats visit UCLA on Saturday.

10) Oregon Ducks (7-1)  beat California 59-41. The Ducks entertain Stanford on Saturday.

11) Baylor Bears (6-1) did not play. Baylor hosts Kansas on Saturday.

12) Michigan State Spartans (7-1) cruised past Michigan 35-11. The Spartans have a week off.

13) Nebraska Cornhuskers  (7-1) defeated Rutgers 42-24. Nebraska hosts Purdue on Saturday

14) Auburn Tigers (6-1) held off South Carolina 42-35. The Tigers visit Ole Miss on Saturday.

15) Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1) topped Penn State 31-24 in double overtime. The Buckeyes host Illinois on Saturday.

16) Utah Utes (6-1) the Utes beat USC 24-21. The Utes visit Arizona State on Saturday. 

17) East Carolina Pirates (6-1) defeated Connecticut 31-21. The Pirates visit Temple on Saturday.

18) Arizona State Sun Devils (6-1) beat Washington 24-10. The Sun Devils host Utah on Saturday.

19) Oklahoma Sooners (5-2) did not play. The Sooners  visit Iowa State on Saturday.

20) West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2) crushed Oklahoma State 34-10. WVU hosts TCU on Saturday.

21) Marshall Thundering Herd (8-0) cruised past Florida Atlantic 35-16. The Herd have a week off.  

22) Duke Blue Devils (6-1) did not play. The Blue Devils visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.

23) LSU  Tigers (7-2) upset Ole Miss 10-7. The Tigers have a week off.

24) Clemson Tigers (6-2) beat Syracuse 16-6. The Tigers have a week off.

25) Missouri Tigers (6-2) defeated Vanderbilt 24-14. The Tigers host Kentucky on Saturday.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

R.I.P Jack Bruce

Here is the sad news report...

I became a fan of Jack Bruce by being a fan of Eric Clapton. Of course I am talking about the music of Cream. Here Jack Bruce and Cream perform "Sunshine of Your Love"

I didn't get the chance to see Jack Bruce with Cream but I did get to see him perform with Ringo Starr..Here they perform "White Room" with Peter Frampton...

Here Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Gary Moore perform "Spoonful" as part of BMM,,,

Here is a solo song of his "Only Playing Games"

I was blown away by Jack Bruce when I saw him live, He was obviously a great bass player. He will be missed by his fans like me for his music. His family will miss him for the parts most fans didn't see. May he rest in peacer

Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Bill Wyman!

Bill Wyman the former bass player for the Rolling Stones turns 78 today! The bass player for a lot of classic Stones songs and paired with Charlie Watts half of a monster rhythm section in Rock and Roll.

Yes it is a great excuse for me to post and listen to some classic Rolling Stones songs. However, I will try to dig deeper and find some gems from the Stones and beyond.

Starting off with this cover of "Green River" which features Bill's current project Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings plus a couple of friends with Peter Frampton and Albert Lee..

Bill Wyman in his own words on a recent interview...

Here is a clip from 1969 performing "Gimme Shelter"

Here he rejoins his old band as a guest...

Here is a song he did solo in 1982 called "Ride on Baby"

Hope you enjoyed the music! Happy Birthday Bill Wyman!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Tom Petty!

Today is Tom Petty's 64th birthday! His Damn the Torpedoes release was the album that hooked me.


"Southern Accent"

A newer song, but one of my favorites..

He keeps "Running Down A Dream"

Thanks for visiting come back soon! 

My Rankings After Week 8: The Top Keeps Changing, College Football Rankings

Baylor was humbled by West Virginia, FSU held off Notre Dame, and the rankings were shuffled again.

This week's biggest games include #3 Mississippi at LSU,  South Carolina visits #13 Auburn, #14 Ohio State visits Penn State, #24 USC visits #18 Utah, and #20 West Virginia visits Oklahoma State.

Here are my rankings after week eight :

1) Florida State University Seminoles (6-0) beat Notre Dame 31-27, The Seminoles have a week off.

2) Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-0) did not play. The Bulldogs visit Kentucky on Saturday.

3) Mississippi Rebels (7-0) crushed Tennessee 34-3. The Rebels visit LSU on Saturday,

4) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1) lost to FSU 31-27. The Fighting Irish have a week off.

5) Georgia Bulldogs (6-1) topped Arkansas 45-32. The Bulldogs have a week off.

6) Kansas State Wildcats (5-1) nipped Oklahoma 31-30. The Wildcats host Texas visit on Saturday.

7) Alabama Crimson Tide  (6-1) destroyed Texas AM 59-0. The Crimson Tide visits Tennessee on Saturday.

8) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (5-1) walloped Oklahoma State 42-9. TCU hosts Texas Tech on Saturday.

9) Arizona Wildcats (5-1) did not play. The Wildcats visit Washington State on Saturday.

10) Oregon Ducks (6-1)  beat Washington 45-20. The Ducks visit California on Friday.

11) Baylor Bears (6-1) fell to West Virginia 41-27. Baylor has a week off.

12) Michigan State Spartans (6-1) rolled past Indiana 56-17. The Spartans face Michigan on Saturday.

13) Auburn Tigers (5-1) did not play.  The Tigers host South Carolina on Saturday.

14) Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1) drummed Rutgers 56-17. The Buckeyes visit Penn State on Saturday.

15) Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-1) defeated Northwestern 38-17. Nebraska hosts Rutgers on Saturday.

16) East Carolina (5-1) did not play. The Pirates host Connecticut on Thursday.

17) Oklahoma Sooners (5-2) fell to Kansas State 31-30. The Sooners have a week off.

18) Utah Utes (5-1) the Utes survived Oregon State 28-23(2 OT). The Utes host USC on Saturday. 

19) Marshall Thundering Herd (7-0) rolled past Florida International 45-13. The Herd hosts Florida Atlantic on Saturday. 

20) West Virginia Mountaineers (5-2) upset Baylor 41-27. WVU visits Oklahoma State on Saturday.

21) Arizona State Sun Devils (5-1) beat Stanford 26-10. The Sun Devils visit Washington on Saturday.

22) Duke Blue Devils (6-1) stopped Virginia 20-13. The Blue Devils have a week off. 

23)Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-1) topped Purdue 39-38. Minnesota visits Illinois on Saturday.

24) USC Trojans (5-2) doubled up Colorado 56-28. USC visits Utah on Saturday.

25) Clemson Tigers (5-2) topped Boston College 17-13. The Tigers host Syracuse on Saturday/

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Battle of the Bands Number 7: Hey Joe

I'm back for my seventh installment of Battle of the Bands. Here is how it works:

Listen to the song clips in the blog post. In the comment section vote for the one you like the best. Feel free to explain why you voted the way you did. The battles take place on the first and 15th and winners will be announced on the 7th and 21st. I will normally post the winner in the comments. Of course have fun and enjoy!

If you are still looking for more musical fun after you vote, you can check out these sites for more battles:

The Creative Outlet of StratPlayer

Alex J. Cavanaugh

This rounds song:

Who knows where this song originally claim. Most agree Billy Roberts penned the song so for a point a reference I will use his version.

So many versions to choose for in a battle of bands..

First Challenger

Seal is such an incredible vocalist and David Gilmour is a guitar great. Enjoy their version..

Second Challenger

The late great Roy Buchanan..

Both versions probably draw more from the Jimi Hendrix version than Billy Roberts or any of the earlier versions. Buchanan is perhaps a more undiscovered guitarist. I was going to use underrated guitarist but everyone I know who knows of him raves about him.

Anyway these are my picks for this competition. Vote in the comments!  Feel free to share your favorite versions as well since this song has been done once or twice!

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Rankings: NCAA Football Rankings after week Seven: A New One, Two and Three again

Another weekend and more upsets! This week #1 Auburn fell to #4 Mississippi State 38-23. USC topped #7 Arizona 28-26. Duke upset #15 Georgia Tech.

Baylor is my new number one in the weekly shuffle. Biggest game of the week #5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida State. #15 Oklahoma State visits #6 TCU, #9 Kansas State at #8 Oklahoma, and #21 Washington at #13 Oregon highlight the week ahead.

Here are my rankings after week six :

1) Baylor Bears (6-0) topped TCU 61-58. Baylor visits WVU on Saturday.

2) Florida State University Seminoles (5-0) cruised past Syracuse 38-20.The Seminoles entertain Notre Dame on Saturday.

3) Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-0) shocked Auburn 38-23. The Bulldogs have a week off.

4) Mississippi Rebels (6-0) stopped Texas AM 35-20. The Rebels host Tennessee on Saturday,

5) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0) outscored UNC 50-43.The Irish visit FSU  Saturday

6 Texas Christian Horned Frogs (4-1) fell short to Baylor 61-58. TCU hosts Oklahoma State on  Saturday.

7)Georgia Bulldogs (5-1) blanked Missouri 34-0. The Bulldogs visit Arkansas on Saturday.

8)Oklahoma Sooners (5-1) beat Texas 31-26. The Sooners  host Kansas State on Saturday.

9) Kansas State Wildcats (4-1) did not play. The Wildcats visit Oklahoma on Saturday.

10) Alabama Crimson Tide  (5-1) nipped Arkansas 14-13. The Crimson Tide welcome Texas AM on Saturday.

11) Arizona Wildcats (5-1) lost to USC 28-26. The Wildcats do not play.

12) Auburn Tigers (5-1) lost to Mississippi State 38-23. The Tigers have a week off.

13) Oregon Ducks (5-1) beat UCLA 42-30.Ducks host Washington on Saturday.

14) Michigan State Spartans (5-1) Steamrolled Purdue 45-31. Visits Indiana on Saturday.

15) Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-1) topped Kansas 27-20. The Cowboys visit TCU on Saturday.

16) Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1) did not play. Ohio State meets Rutgers on Saturday.

17) East Carolina (5-1) stopped South Florida 28-17. The Pirates take a break..

18) Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1) did not play. The Cornhuskers visit Northwestern on

19) Utah Utes (4-1) did not play. The Utes visit Oregon State on Thursday.

20) Marshall Thundering Herd (6-0) whipped Middle Tennessee State 49-24.Visits Florida International on Saturday.

21) Washington Huskies (5-1) defeated California 31-7.Visits Oregon on Saturday.

22) Duke Blue Devils (5-1) nipped Georgia Tech 31-25. Hosts Virginia on Saturday.

23)Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-1) stopped Northwestern 24-17. Hosts Purdue on Saturday.

24) USC Trojans (4-2) nipped Arizona 28-26. They host Colorado on Saturday.

25) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-1) lost to Duke 31-25. The Yellow Jackets visit UNC on Saturday.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Gibson!

Last year I blogged about Gibson's birthday. I celebrated adding clips of Eric Clapton discussing a famous Gibson Les Paul, a video showing a tour of the Gibson guitar factory, and a video on making a Gibson. You can enjoy that post again here,

Another year  so let me share a picture of one of my old Gibson guitars.

It is a pretty basic guitar a 1971 SG100 single pickup thing.

A little guitar humor as Gibson pranks Fender at a guitar show..

This SG has a few more bells and whistles..

Happy Birthday Gibson and thanks for checking out my blog!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy Birthday John Lennon

Yes John Lennon was in the Beatles, but his solo work is fantastic too.Above was his song "Beautiful Boy."

Today is John's birthday, he would have been 74 today. A Beatles song about 10 years off..

"Love" reflections on...

In the past I have paid tribute to John Lennon on his birthday and without looking I probably selected the typical top hits or popular songs. No excuses they are great!   I just wanted to explore his greatness with some deeper songs.

Here is a treat "India":

Hope you enjoy! I will be back soon! Don't forget the next Battle of the Bands will be October 15!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fantasy Football: Still in second place after crushing lost

I scored seven points more than the week before. Yahoo gave me an A- grade for the week. I still lost, 179-144. Last Thursday I thought I might be in trouble when my opponents defense scored 29 points on Thursday night.

Little things getting outscored 50-21 on kickers and defense didn't help my cause.

If the Green Bay Packers didn't hurt me there were other places I went wrong. I waived an injured Shorts for Stanton as Carson Palmer did not return. That netted me 3 points and Tom Brady came alive for 22 points.

Back at it for another week. You win some, loose some.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

R.I.P Paul Revere

Paul Revere the front man for the band Paul Revere and the Raiders has past away at the age of 76.


"Good Thing"

Posting the videos as I pay tribute to the musician and the group. Below they perform "Just Like Me"

R.I.P Paul Revere thanks for the memories and music!

My Rankings: NCAA Football Rankings after week Six: A New One, Two and Three

One, two, three the teams fell. Ole Miss upset Alabama, Arizona stunned Oregon, TCU shocked Oklahoma. #7 Texas A&M fell to Mississippi State and Michigan State stunned Nebraska. #13 BYU was surprised by Utah State. Northwestern stopped Wisconsin and Oregon State crushed USC as the upsets kept coming. Auburn became my new number one team followed by Baylor and Florida State.

The games of the week #1 Auburn at #5 Mississippi State and #8 TCU visits #2 Baylor.  Texas AM at #10 Mississippi State. Other key games games include #6 Ole Miss at #13 Texas AM, #12 Oregon at #25 UCLA,  #14 Georgia at Missouri,  Duke at #15 Georgia Tech, Washington at #20 California, #23 Louisville at Clemson, and #24 Utah at Oregon State. Alabama at #12 Mississippi, #15 LSU at #4 Auburn, #16 Arizona at #2 Oregon, #19 Stanford at #8 Notre Dame, #3 Oklahoma at #23 TCU, and #25 Ohio State at Maryland might be a surprise game of the week.

Who will prevail in the upcoming week? Time will tell but after next week the maximum amount of undefeated teams drops to 8. Upsets could drop it down even more.

Here are my rankings after week six :

1) Auburn Tigers (5-0) crushed LSU 41-7. The Tigers visit Mississippi State on Saturday.

2) Baylor Bears (5-0) defeated Texas 28-7. The Bears host Texas Christian on Saturday.

3) Florida State University Seminoles (4-0) woke up thrashing Wake Forest 43-3. The Seminoles visit Syracuse on Saturday.

4) Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-0) stunned Texas AM 48-31. The Bulldogs host Auburn on Saturday.

5) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-0) topped Stanford 17-14. The Irish host North Carolina on Saturday.

6) Mississippi Rebels (5-0) shocked Alabama 23-17. The Rebels visit Texas AM on Saturday,

7) Arizona Wildcats (5-0) upset Oregon 31-24. The Wildcats host USC on Saturday.

8) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (4-0) stunned Oklahoma 37-33. TCU visits Baylor on Saturday.

9) Alabama Crimson Tide  (4-1) lost to Ole Miss 23-17. The Crimson Tide visit Arkansas on Saturday.

10) Oklahoma Sooners (4-1) lost to TCU 37-34. The Sooners  take on Texas on Saturday.

11) Kansas State Wildcats (4-1) crushed Texas Tech 45-13. The Wildcats have a bye week.

12) Oregon Ducks (4-1) lost to Arizona 31-24. Oregon visits UCLA on Saturday.

13) Texas AM Aggies (5-1) lost to Mississippi State 48-31. The Aggies host Ole Miss on Saturday.

14) Georgia Bulldogs (4-1) ripped Vanderbilt 44-15. The Bulldogs visit Missouri on Saturday.

15) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-0) beat Miami 28-17. The Yellow Jackets host Duke on Saturday.

16) Michigan State Spartans (4-1) defeated Nebraska 27-22. The Spartans visit Purdue on Saturday.

17) Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-1) cruised past Iowas State 37-20. The Cowboys visit Kansas on Saturday.

18) East Carolina (4-1) crushed SMU 45-24. The Pirates visit South Florida on Saturday.

19) Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1) routed Maryland 52-24. The Buckeyes have a week off.

20) California Golden Bears (4-1) nipped Washington State 60-59. California hosts Washington on Saturday.

21) Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1) lost to Michigan State 27-22. The Cornhuskers have a week off to recover.

22) Marshall Thundering Herd (5-0) whipped Old Dominion 56-14. Marshall hosts Middle Tennessee State on Saturday.

23) Louisville Cardinals (5-1) beat Syracuse 28-6. The Cardinals visit Clemson on Saturday.

24) Utah Utes (4-1) topped UCLA 30-28. The Utes visit Oregon State on Thursday.

25) UCLA Bruins (4-1) lost to Utah 30-28. The Bruins host Oregon on Saturday.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Birthday to Stevie Ray Vaughan

Today is the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan's 60th birthday. It has been two years since I devoted  a blog post to Stevie so I guess I am due to create another post. Here is a link to that post only one song out of three has lasted this long.

Here is an interview with Stevie..

Part of remembering someone is to hear about them in their own words. Plus fans may get some insight. A great thing about artists is their art lives on. Below he performs "Voodoo Chile"

Could you imagine him playing on one of the Experience Hendrix tours?

Above he plays his own song "Texas Flood" and below "Life by the Drop"

I think that song is a nice way to wrap up a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan as I remember him on his birthday.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October 2, Happy Birthday Sting

Running late but today, October 2 is Sting's birthday. I found a clip from the Charlie Rose show which I must admit I like when I can catch it.

He found fame with The Police..

The above song and below are probably still stuck in the head if you listened to the radio airways in the 80s..

Balancing the blog off with a solo song..

I will be back soon with a new post soon! Happy Birthday Sting

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Battle of the Bands 6: Train Kept A-Rollin'

I'm back for my sixth installment of Battle of the Bands. Sorry a little late in the day for the post. Here is how it works:

Listen to the song clips in the blog post. In the comment section vote for the one you like the best. Feel free to explain why you voted the way you did. The battles take place on the first and 15th and winners will be announced on the 7th and 21st. I will normally post the winner in the comments. Of course have fun and enjoy!

If you are still looking for more musical fun after you vote, you can check out these sites for more battles:

The Creative Outlet of StratPlayer

Alex J. Cavanaugh

This round song:

"Train Kept A-Rollin'" by Tiny Bradshaw. I actually was able to get the original version this time! 

It is October and some have referred to the month as "Rocktober" and with that in mind I present the contestants, 

The Yardbirds 



Why this song?

Rock lore has this song as the first song Led Zeppelin performed together. Personally it was one of the songs I searched out after being turned onto Led Zeppelin and seeing where they came from and who their influences were. It also introduced me to the playing of Jeff Beck. 

Listen, enjoy, vote in the comments. Visit the other blogs. Come back and visit!