‘Star Spangled Banner’ @200: Five Noteworthy Classical Versions

Marking the 200th birthday of the 'STAR SPANGLED BANNER,' we present five notable classical versions and debunk the urban myth about STRAVINSKY being arrested for defaming the anthem.
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘The Point Is, You Can Go On A Musical Journey’

Celebrating 10 Years of Publishing: from TheBluegrassSpecial.com archives, the November 2010 cover story interview with RAUL MALO
by David McGee
 

 

 

Gordon Stoker Goes Home, and The Jordanaires’ Story Ends

With the death of GORDON STOKER on March 27, THE JORDANAIRES' story has come to an end. We pay tribute to one of the great men of the music world and a group that made a difference when Elvis called them on board.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Bring ‘em Home: The Incompleat Listener’s Guide to Pete Seeger on Record

PETE SEEGER's album catalogue tally comes close to 100--so many we dare not suggest the 'essential' ones. So, how about some invaluable long players worthy of any collection? Part 2 of our Pete Seeger tribute.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Silenced: Magic Slim’s ‘Raw, Unadultered Chicago Blues’

Remembering MAGIC SAM, keeper of the flame of 'raw, unadulterated Chicago blues,' who passed away on February 21.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Cleotha Staples, 78, Is Called Home

Remembering CLEOTHA STAPLES, Pops Staples' firstborn child and a vital element in the Staple Singers' success. Afflicted with Alzheimer's, Ms. Staples died in her Chicago home on Feb. 21.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Pogues Reuniting for Philip Chevron’s Funeral

From our Irish music editor, word that THE POGUES are reuniting for PHILIP CHEVRON's funeral tomorrow.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The First ‘First Thanksgiving’

THE FIRST 'FIRST THANKSGIVING'--More than half a century before the Pilgrims landed on American shores, Spanish settlers in what is now St. Augustine, Florida, celebrated a lavish Thanksgiving dinner celebration and Mass of Tha...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Turn the Tide: Benefit Concert in NYC for Hurricane Sandy Victims

On Dec. 2 some stellar New York City working musicians are getting together for a benefit to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. All the particulars are here.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Few Answers About ‘Answer Me’

'ANSWER ME, MY LOVE' is a classic pop song with a complicated history. CARL SIGMAN wrote the lyrics, and herein his son MICHAEL SIGMAN relates the tune's fascinating backstory.
by David McGee
 

 

 

For Passover 2019: A Reflection on Memory, Metaphor and Meaning

For Passover 2019, a Reflection on Memory, Metaphor and Meaning...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Brooklyn, Blintzes, Baseball and Ballads With Johnny Mercer (Field Notes From a Music Biz Life)

In chapters 6 and 7 of his memoirs, MICHAEL SIGMAN recalls his father CARL SIGMAN's songwriting apprenticeship with JOHNNY MERCER and how the rocky course of his adolescent years seemed to parallel his dad's hit songs.
by David McGee