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Behind The Song: Johnny Cash, “Danny Boy”

People all over the world have sung the Irish classic “Danny Boy,” but the lyric wasn’t really written by an Irishman to begin with. And the song has probably been recorded by far more Americans without Irish...

Behind The Song: David Bowie, “Ashes To Ashes”

Everybody knows that David Bowie recorded a famous Christmas duet with Bing Crosby. But did you also know that Crosby’s White Christmas co-star Danny Kaye had an indirect hand in one of The Thin White Duke’s most...

Eventide Introduces Three New Power Supply Solutions For Guitarists

Eventide continues their decade-long partnership with Danish power supply manufacturer Ciok and introduces three new power supply solutions: PowerMINI, PowerMINI EXP and PowerMAX rev 2. Each one is designed for pedalboards of all sizes.

Behind The Song: John Prine, “Sam Stone”

By 1971, weariness and frustration over the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War had grown to a point where many protest singers bashed the war in their songs. Yet there weren’t too many songs that addressed...

Behind The Song: The Eagles, “Wasted Time”

Critics, fans, and the band themselves are in general agreement that 1976’s Hotel California represents the peak of The Eagles’ illustrious career. In addition to the obvious fact that it’s just a top-notch collection of songs, one...

Behind The Song: Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

Every once in a while, it’s good to get an update on the state of the world from someone with a point of view a bit more enlightened than some periodical or the evening news. Leonard Cohen...

Behind The Song: Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”

It wasn’t written as a protest song, but it almost sounds like it could have been one during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It became an anthem of sorts for people of all colors all...

Behind The Song: Tim Hardin, “Reason To Believe”

In 1968, Tim Hardin, who Bob Dylan once called “the greatest songwriter alive,” gave an interview with a magazine called Disc and Music Echo concerning the personal and professional problems that had already beset his once-promising career,...

Behind The Song: Tom Paxton, “The Last Thing On My Mind”

The songs that seem to stick around the longest don’t always have the most earth-shaking lyrics or melodies, nor are they sung by the greatest voices. Not that those things aren’t important, of course. But in the...
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Top Five Favorite Nonsensical Songs

“Semolina pilchards climbing up the Eiffel towerElementary penguin singing Hare KrishnaMan, you should have seen them kicking...

Patreon Hosts Indie Music Live Stream with RAC, Kat Robichaud and VIAA

Just in time for Independence Day, Patreon will be hosting an Indie Music live stream. The featuring artists are Grammy-winning producer RAC, theatrical rock musician and The...
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