Off The Record – Press Release (9.22.11)

September 22nd, 2011 by

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FROM: Michael D. Vogel




“Off The Record”

It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll”… and everyone’s favorite Rock & Roll Uncle, Joe Benson, has been talking with every significant Classic Rock artist to ever climb that mountain! On the air since 1968, and a family member to millions of SoCal rock radio listeners for the past 30+ years, Uncle Joe has also been busy entertaining the rock masses on Westwood One’s nationally syndicated “Off The Record” program since 1998. What’s more, J.B. has complimented his efforts with the Uncle Joe’s Record Guide series of rock history books since 1986.

I’m really excited about the next three “Off The Record” shows… stories from old friends about the shear joy of creating music – with lots of laughs in the telling” Uncle Joe declares! Not only will tasty cuts be served from the forthcoming sophomore Chickenfoot release ‘III,’ but Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Joe Satriani will join Benson in the studio for madness and mayhem that’s barely legal on the radio! “But that’s only the beginning – we’re just getting warmed up,” J.B. continues. The following week, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason joins Joe for “Off The Record” to ponder the eternal question, “Why Pink Floyd?” – the new collection of remastered music, demos and live recordings from the Floyd. “Don’t sit down yet!” Joe adds. With all of Hollywood abuzz last week over Alice Cooper’s live performance at the Whiskey, of course he had to join Joe for “Off The Record” to feature brand new ear-candy from his much anticipated sequel, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare.” Stories told by the men that lived them!


* Sunday September 25th: OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Chickenfoot and Joe’s brand new conversation with bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and singer Sammy Hagar.


* Sunday October 2nd: OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Pink Floyd as well as Joe’s brand new conversation with drummer Nick Mason.

* Sunday October 9th, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Alice Cooper as well as Joe’s brand new conversation with Alice.

Uncle Joe Benson is celebrating 13+ years as host of Westwood One’s nationally syndicated “Off The Record,” which airs on over 80 rockin’ stations across the nation.

Michael D. Vogel
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It’s All In The Spin…

July 5th, 2011 by

– Rock Formats Music Reviews (7.5.11)

By: Michael D. Vogel  

 © July 5, 2011. Michael D. Vogel.  All Rights Reserved.

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 The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Song: “Never Lookin’ Back

From the release: How I Go

Label: Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud Records/RRP

Members: Kenny Wayne Shepherd – guitar, vocals; Noah Hunt – vocals; Chris Layton – drums; Scott Nelson – bass; Riley Osbourne – hammond b3, keyboards

Producer: Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jerry Harrison

Origin: Los Angeles, CA via Shreveport, LA

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What you should know: – Whenever Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays, a buzz emanates among those who know of his talents. So, it would be an understatement to say that not since players like Stevie Ray Vaughan and a guy named Jimi, has someone been idolized and influential to nearly everyone who has ever touched (or ever wanted to play) a guitar. Hence, what can be said about guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd that hasn’t already been said?

Kenny burst onto the scene with his debut album, ‘Ledbetter Heights,’ and hasn’t looked back since. Along the way, he has racked up two Platinum and one Gold album to his credit, in addition to six Top 10 singles. Over the course of his (still young) career, Kenny has amassed numerous awards and adulations including five Grammy nominations and two Billboard Music Awards. His sophomore album, ‘Trouble Is’ holds the illustrious distinction of being the longest running album on Billboard’s Blues chart, surpassing the two year mark. Not bad for someone who released his first album at 17 years of age!

Following on the heels of the Grammy nominated ‘Live! In Chicago,’ is Kenny’s seventh album – ‘How I Go,’ in stores August 2nd, is the first studio album from the band after signing with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records last year. As is his customary style, the tornado from Shreveport burns up the fret-board, giving us another modern blues classic to die for. Simply put, “Never Lookin’ Back”, is one more fine example of the KWS Band at their smokin’est, all-the-while showcasing the guitarist’s awe-inspiring six-string play! You can virtually see the sparks fly from Kenny’s self-taught fingertips as he rips through this ball-bustin’ scorcher. Combining the ear-opening soulful vocal delivery of Noah Hunt, with an all-star rhythm section featuring Riley Osbourne and Scott Nelson, plus former Double Trouble/Arc Angels drummer Chris Layton laying down the killer grooves, makes “Never Lookin’ Back” a very radio friendly track. Debuting at #26 on Billboard’s Heritage Rock chart, “Never Lookin’ Back” has already jumped to #9 with no signs of slowing down, proving once again that Kenny Wayne is THE premiere guitarist in the modern blues universe.

This is the ear-candy that your blues-rock audience has been longing for – you have been warned; there will be no excuses accepted! ^m^

Foo Fighters

Song: “Walk

From the release: Wasting Light

Label: RCA Music Group

Members: Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, drums, bass, piano, percussion; Nate Mendel – bass guitar; Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion, backing vocals; Chris Shiflett – lead guitar, backing vocals; Pat Smear – rhythm and lead guitar

Producer: Butch Vig

Origin: United States



Video: Foo Fighters – “Walk”

What you should know: – You know how some songs just sound great on the radio? The kind of song with melodies and guitar riffs to die for – those that make you want to instinctively reach for the volume knob. The type of tune that implores you to play it for others so that they may also appreciate and enjoy this little nugget of music too. Such is the case with each morsel of ear-candy crafted by Foo Fighters.

Some bands just have ‘IT’, the ability to write hit songs that appeal to the rock & roll intellectual and hedonist alike. Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear do exactly that, as the band’s track record speaks for itself: numerous Top 10 songs, platinum selling records, sold-out concerts and multiple Grammy awards.

The second song from the Foo’s latest release ‘Wasting Light,’ is already on the fast track for commercial success. The hook alone is so blatant; you should be able to hear it just by reading this! A pure power pop song with just enough edge to appeal to the die-hard alternative and rock fan alike, “Walk” is proving to be a strong follow-up to the album’s first single, the #1 rock track, “Rope.”

A bon-a-fide hit in every way, “Walk” is already marching up Billboard’s Alternative, Heritage and Active Rock airplay charts as we speak. Remaining true to their core audience, the melodic structure of the song infuses large doses of power, volume and dirtiness – the same qualities that helped make Nirvana so appealing. With a riveting guitar groove and loosely veiled pop melodies, “Walk” is a thoroughly captivating piece of music – catering to both their new and old fans that have a taste for rockin’ power pop!

Hard and raw, like a buzz saw, yet very poppish in nature, “Walk” is exactly the kind of electrically charged rock & roll that rock radio has been flocking to as of late. One quick listen for yourself and you’ll agree this is a track that is meant to on the radio, and played at maximum volume! ^m^

The Cars

Song: “Sad Song

From the release: Move Like This

Label: Hear Music

Members: Ric Ocasek – rhythm guitar, lead and background vocals, synthesizer; Greg Hawkes – keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, saxophone, bass, background vocals; Elliot Easton – lead guitar, background vocals; David Robinson – drums, percussion, background vocals

Producer: Jacknife Lee

Origin: Boston, MA

Website: and


Video: The Cars – “Sad Song”

What you should know: – That familiar beat, that familiar voice – it has been a while since new music from the Cars have rocked the airwaves. Officially breaking up in 1988, the original members all moved on to work on solo projects, with Elliot Easton joining Creedance Clearwater Revisted for a bit and Ric Ocasek, in addition to his solo efforts, also became a much sought after alt-rock producer with bands like Hole, Bad Religion, Weezer and No Doubt. Sadly, in 2000, original bassist Benjamin Orr, lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.

Since then, many fans have anxiously awaited their return, all the while burning grooves into their library of Cars album classics, chomping at the bit for any news about the band that provided much of the soundtrack for the 80’s. Sure, there were the New Cars, original members Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton, who decided to revive the band with the legendary Todd Rundgren taking over for Ric Ocasek– a super-group on its own accord! Performing Rundgren and Cars classics in addition to a few new songs, the New Cars toured in support of a new album before the members returned to solo efforts and various other projects.

In 1997, Ric Ocasek put any hopes of a reunion to rest telling one interviewer, “I’m saying never and you can count on that.” But, as in life, things have a strange way of changing. After placing a photo of the four remaining members and a snippet of a new song on their Facebook page, rumors began to swirl of a potential reunion and new album from the surviving original members. As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait” as Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton Greg Hawkes and David Robinson are finally back on the radio race track with a new album, ‘Move Like This.’ And with the immediate response from Rock radio to the initial single, “Sad Song,” the Cars return is more than welcomed!

A groovy guitar pop tune, “Sad Song” is a winner in typical Cars fashion! Ear-candy that harkens back to days gone by yet is firmly rooted in the present, “Sad Song” is a tasty little pop song with a rock steady beat. Full of hooks and melodies, this immediately recognizable gem is everything you’d expect to hear from the Cars, with Ocasek delivering the track in his trademark confident yet playful nature – and wait until you see the striking new video!

The Cars are out on tour now in support of ‘Move Like This.’ ^m^


Black Stone Cherry

Current Single at Radio: “White Trash Millionaire

From the release: Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea

Label: Roadrunner Records/RRP

Members: Chris Robertson – lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Ben Wells – lead guitar, backing vocals; Jon Lawhon – bass guitar, backing vocals; John Fred Young – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Producer: Howard Benson

Origin: Edmonton, KY


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Video: Black Stone Cherry – YouTube channel

What you should know: – It was almost six years ago that Roadrunner Records unveiled the   hard rockin’ southern sounds of Black Stone Cherry’s self-titled debut album. Since that time, the band has raised the bar for themselves with each subsequent BSC release – musical growth that can be measured not by tiny steps, but by quantum leaps and bounds.

The litmus test is always the most current release; a snapshot of where the band is at that particular moment of their musical journey! This can be measured by a simple listen to each of the band’s three studio albums. For Black Stone Cherry, ‘Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea’ is the bands most devastating project to date, both lyrical and sonically, showing an extreme amount of maturation as individual musicians and as a cohesive unit – artist development and maturity, the way it is supposed to happen!

The three years of sonic expansion between their sophomore release ‘Folklore and Superstition’ and ‘Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea’ is evidenced by the virtual treasure trove of rock and cross-format hits present on the album. The first nine songs alone could provide the soundtrack for the summer and fall, covering both the rock and pop genres. But make no mistake about it; BSC is a 100% modern southern rock band! And the many tracks on ‘Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea’ showcase exactly why we’ll be hearing many-a-tune from these Kentucky natives before the year is out. Songs like “Let Me See You Shake” and “Blame It On The Boom Boom” are down and dirty, while “Won’t Let Go” is more introspective, “Such A Shame” pulls at the heart-strings and “Change” implores their legions of fans in a call to action. The album is complimented by a modernized version of the southern-rock classic “Can’t You See,” originally written and recorded by the Marshall Tucker Band in 1973 and later made famous by country superstar Waylon Jennings a few years after!

The first taste to wet your appetite of the 12 tracks to come on ‘Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea’ is the lead single “White Trash Millionaire” a prime example of the bands growth and maturity. From the first notes of the fuzzy guitar, the song rocks with enough swagger to move your soul yet hard enough to get your head bangin’!  Lead singer Chris Robertson’s dynamic vocal range wails with an intensity that can shake the heavens while guitarist Ben Wells rips off one mean guitar lick after another!

The sound of Black Stone Cherry is the real rockin’ thing – and rock radio whole-heartedly agrees, as “White Trash Millionaire” has just broken through to the illustrious Top 10 on Billboard’s Heritage Rock chart and rests just a few positions below on Billboard’s Active Rock chart! As such, with such a strong embrace from rock radio’s various formats for the lead single, BSC’s third album is sure to increase the recognition they have worked hard for and rightfully earned over the past half-dozen years!

In other words – this is one band rock radio can identify with, hang their hat on and claim as their own!

Favorite Tracks:  “White Trash Millionaire,” “Blame It On The Boom Boom,” “Let Me See You Shake,” “Like I Roll” and “Such A Shame” ^m^

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Current Single at Radio: “I Should Have Known It

From the release: Mojo

Label: Reprise

Members: Tom Petty – rhythm guitar, lead vocals; Mike Campbell – lead guitar, mandolin; Benmont Tench – piano, organ, backing vocals; Ron Blair – bass guitar, backing vocals; Scott Thurston – rhythm guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, backing vocals; Steve Ferrone – drums

Producer: Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Ryan Ulyate

Origin: Gainesville, FL




Video: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – YouTube channel  

What you should know: – TP & the HB’s career has spanned more than 35 years and has yielded sales in excess of 30+ million records and countless Top 10 radio tracks. With perennial rock radio favorites like “The Waiting,” “Breakdown” and “Refugee” to name a few, Petty and company have firmly planted themselves in the books of rock & roll history. The songs are always classics; containing that unique Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sound and feel. A sound that is just as fresh today as it was when they cut their first album back in 1976.  

It is because of this that each album release is met with great anticipation by radio, retail and the hordes of fans across the globe. Hallowed ground reserved for only a few in rock royalty. Their music has grown and matured with their audience yet is fresh and new and pulls in the younger demographic that are “discovering” TP for the first time.

This time out, for their twelfth studio album, Petty and the Heartbreaker gang combine their patented no frills garage rock with that of the Chicagoblues sound of the 1950’s. ‘Mojo’ is filled with 15 new soon-to-be-timeless Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs, highlighted by Mike Campbell’s slide guitar playing abilities and Petty’s trademark vocals. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Petty described the album as “…blues-based. Some of the tunes are longer, more jammy kind of music. A couple of tracks really sound like the Allman Brothers — not the songs but the atmosphere of the band.” The album begins with “Jefferson Jericho Blues” a song more about love lost than a social commentary on the affairs of one of our most revered founding fathers. Some of the other foot stompin’ and infectious rockin’ tunes from Petty and company include “I Should Have Known It,” “High In The Morning” and “Good Enough.”

With sales over 125,000 in its first week alone, ‘Mojo,’ Petty’s first album of new material since the 2006 solo release ‘Highway Companion’ and 2002’s ‘The Last DJ’ with the Heartbreakers, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Rock album charts.

Want more? Several videos from ‘Mojo’ are now available on the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers YouTube channel including: “Good Enough” and “First Flash of Freedom.” Since this is the kind of music that is best enjoyed in a live setting, the last three videos were shot inside Petty’s new studio: “I Should Have Known It,” “Something Good Coming” and “Jefferson Jericho Blues”.

Favorite Tracks:I Should Have Known It,” “High In The Morning,“Jefferson Jericho Blues,” “Good Enough” and “Something Good Coming” ^m^


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© July 5, 2011. Michael D. Vogel.  All Rights Reserved. This originally appeared on the Vogelism blog at, authored by Michael D. Vogel. This article may be shared or reprinted as long as the entire copyright message, including the source location of this article, accompanies it.

It’s All In The Spin…

June 6th, 2011 by

 – Rock Formats Music Reviews (6.6.11)

By: Michael D. Vogel  

 © June 6, 2011. Michael D. Vogel.  All Rights Reserved.

Published in:

Free Gotham June 8, 2011 – June 7, 2011  


Evans Blue

Song: “Say It”

From the release: Evans Blue 

Label: Sounds+Sights

Members: Dan Chandler – vocals, Parker Lauzon – guitars, V – guitars, Joe Pitter – bass, H-Bomb Davis – drums

Producer: Trevor Kustiak

Origin: Evans Blue hail from diverse locales such as Toronto, Ontario, Canada, St. Louis, MO. and Houston, TX.


VideoEvans Blue Tube – “Say It”

What you should know: – Rock radio already knows the power and magnitude of Evans Blue’s music through their Top 5 Active Rock radio debut Cold (But I’m Still Here).” The first single alone helped propel the bands debut album to #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart in 2006, followed by the lead single, The Pursuit,” from their sophomore release, which debuted at #44 on Billboard’s Hot 200! Before the release of the band’s self-titled third album though, original singer Kevin Matisyn left the band, making way for Dan Chandler and the next chapter of Evans Blue.

A change in singers has only intensified the already strong chemistry that exists within the band, as is evidenced by the first song from their self-titled third album. Originally released as a digital single to iTunes in 2009, “Sick Of It” has since gone on to sell in excess of 30,000 copies alone as well as reaching the lofty spot of #2 on the year-end chart for Sirius/XM’s Octane channel as well as KUPD/Phoenix’s Top 98 of 2009. Capitalizing on this success, a physical release followed in mid 2010. The current single, Say It (which debuted at #40* on the Billboard Active Rock chart), from their eponymous titled album, shows that this 5-piece mass of kinetic energy can unleash the hellfire in all its rock & roll glory! The Say It video is just as unique as the band, utilizing a compilation of fan submissions. The follow-up to Billboard’s Top 25 track Erase My Scars” sees the band putting guitars out front while showcasing Chandler’s big league vocal delivery. An electrified song with so much energy, you’ll be instantly devoured by its power and passion. Throughout the albums 12 tracks, one thing is clear; Evans Blue brings the hard rock for people who know it when they hear it. Case in point, “Erase My Scars” has sold nearly 50,000 digital tracks while their self-titled release has sold just under 30,000 albums to date plus another 160,000+ digital tracks overall, not bad for an independent release!

Make no mistake about it – Evans Blue writes heavy reaction songs; but more importantly, Evans Blue IS definitely a heavy reaction band! ^m^

 Kings Of Leon

Song: “Back Down South”

From the release: Come Around Sundown

Label: RCA/RMG

Members: Caleb Followill – guitar & vocals, Nathan Followill – drums, Jared Followill – bass, Matthew Followill – guitar

Producer: Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King

Origin: Nashville, Tennessee


Video: Kings Of Leon – “Pyro”

What you should know: – Kings Of Leon are a group of young men hailing from the Music City – Nashville, TN., who quickly gained a reputation for delivering a brand of rock & roll that speaks to the soul and excites the senses. But Kings Of Leon are no overnight sensations though, having five studio albums under their belt that have reached gold or platinum status, plus a well established touring career, long before the multi-format #1 smashes “Use Somebody” and Sex On Fire” were heard rockin’ the radio’s across the land.  Their rocket-ride to stardom isn’t too surprising though when you consider the quality and substance of their music. Plain and simple, the juggernaut that is Kings Of Leon continues with their new aggressively emotional studio album Come Around Sundown. Darker and grungier than albums past, Come Around Sundown embraces these rock roots as evidenced by the use of dark and light imagery as well as hard and soft sounds throughout the album.   

Following on the heels of the  #1 Adult Alternative hit “Radioactive” and the top 10 track “Pyro”, the first two singles from Come Around Sundown, is the highly melodic and musically engaging “Back Down South”, an unpretentious song that rocks with spirit and a high degree of energy. This nice little nugget of ear-candy has depth and polish, accentuating the band’s signature sounds while creating an immense musical landscape. A triple threat, “Back Down South”, will light up request lines with pure mainstream harmonies, straight ahead guitar work combined with Caleb’s trademark vocals and a sleek image that will satisfy everyone from the hipster indie crowd to the die-hard rock fan. A sure – fire crowd pleaser that will definitely resonate with fans both old and new, “Back Down South” is only one of 13 tracks that illustrate why  Come Around Sundown has already surpassed Gold certification with sales of over 500,000 and growing. ^m^

 Egypt Central

Song: “White Rabbit”

From the release: White Rabbit

Label: Fat Lady Music/ILG

Members: John Falls– vocals, Jeff James – guitar, Joey Chicago – bass, Blake Allison – drums & percussion

Producer: Skidd Mills

Origin: Memphis, Tennessee


Video: Egypt Central – White Rabbit

What you should know: – Egypt Central is one of the toughest roads in Memphis. No name more appropriate for these four hard-hitting boys from the American south, an area that brought us many renowned musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Robert Johnson. Forming in 2002 Egypt Central’s hardcore groove caught the attention of former Lava CEO Jason Flom, who offered them a record deal. Ultimately, the record saw many delays and wasn’t released until 2008. With a refreshed and renewed intensity and determination, the band headed back into the studio to record their sophomore release. The title track, “White Rabbit,” doesn’t hold anything back, showcasing the heavy guitars that are spread throughout the full album. “White Rabbit” is groove central without sacrificing one bit of its’ pulverizing guitar and bass combination. Heavy riffs, lyrics from the soul and strong melodic hooks make this a track that will turn heads and volume knobs at rock radio. The track is an intricately woven story of the trials and tribulations and ultimately the dark consequences that occur when one follows the White Rabbit. A band the embodies everything that rock radio is about, Egypt Central brings the rock and personality that will segue well with everything from your tried and true Classic Rock staple to your new found Active Rock favorite. Give it a listen – it will instantly have you reaching for greater decibels while your head rocks to the steady sonic beat. ^m^


 Bob Dylan

From the release: Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Volume 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964

Label: Columbia/Legacy

Members: Bob Dylan – accompanied only by his guitar, harmonica and occasionally piano

Producer: Jeff Rosen and Steve Berkowitz

Origin: New York NY via Duluth, Minnesota


Video: The Witmark Demos Trailer

What you should know: – Bob Dylan is a legend of rock music, so it goes without saying that he is part of the very fiber that helped construct the rock genre as well as a fixture  in its more classic  and adult-alternative off-shoots. He has been doing his thing for so long you’d think he was the fore-father of the acoustic movement. He has built a career out of writing and recording music that always defies the norm, the epitome of a tireless grass-roots effort. Having played all over the world, Dylan has written songs about socioeconomic, political, introspective, and intelligent songs that stand up to any modern contemporary singer/songwriter. He is New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Chicago all rolled into one.

Continuing in that tradition is the latest installment from the Columbia/Legacy Dylan Bootleg Series – The Witmark Demos. Energized on making royalties on his music, Dylan vigorously pursued a publishing deal and ultimately found two. Those early classics were written and recorded between 1962 and 1964, for Dylan’s first and second publishers, (Leeds Music and M. Witmark & Sons), a few years before he hit the quarter century mark. Even at such an early age, his effortless ability to blend styles, cross genres and intoxicate people with his passionate sonic poetry rings through on these early recordings. The double CD features many remarkable performances where Bob showcases his true affinity for tracks rich in lyrical depth and passionate vocals. Never actually intended for public utilization, these songs were written with the intent on selling them to other artists to record. But it is easy to see why, on some of these early gems like “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “The Time They Are a-Changing”, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Mr. Tambourine Man”, which showcase why Dylan’s music has been a mainstay at Rock oriented radio since the 60’s. In addition to early renditions, rarities and outtakes that have appeared on various other Bootleg editions, Volume 9 contains 15 tracks that have never been officially released. The tracks are the epitome of some of the best in 60’s folk rock. It has that special indefinable ‘thing’ that calls you over to tell a quiet story, daring you not to turn away for fear of missing a word or note. This double CD package is well worth your time, over and over again!

Favorite Tracks: “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “The Time They Are a-Changing”, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”, “Mr. Tambourine Man”,Hard Times In New York Town”, “Rambling, Gambling Willie”, “Talking Bear Mountain Picnic”, “Seven Curses”, “Whatcha Gonna Do?” “When The Ship Comes In”, “Guess I’m Doing Fine” “Bound To Lose, Bound To Win”, “ All Over You” and “I’d Hate to Be You On That Dreadful Day.”  ^m^

 Grateful Dead

From the release: Crimson, White & Indigo – Philadelphia, PA, July 7, 1989

Label: Grateful Dead/Rhino

Members: Jerry Garcia – guitar & vocals, Bob Weir – guitar & vocals, Brent Mydland – keyboards & vocals, Phil Lesh – bass & vocals, Bill Kreutzmann – drums, Mickey Hart – drums

Producer: David Lemieux

Origin: San Francisco, California


Video: Grateful Dead – Crimson White & Indigo Online Trailer

What you should know: – The Grateful Dead have always had a long standing policy of allowing their fans to record live shows. (Ask any Dead-head and they’ll show you boxes of tapes and spin wild stories of those concerts to make you think you were back in the 60’s.) A Dead show was equally about the music as it was about the experience. The live performance was always memorable, forever etched in your mind where time stood still and nothing mattered but peace, love and hippiness, with the steady groove of the Jerry, Bobby and company providing the soundtrack. Attend one and you would be forever changed, looking forward to the next. With so many recordings of live shows, what makes this CD special is the clarity of the sound, while the DVD, shot from multiple camera angles, adds a visual to the soundtrack helping to reproduce the Dead-head’s original experience. So clearly recorded, you hear every note of every song, from every set of the entire show as if you were right there at the concert plugged into the sound board with your own personal headphones.  Collectively, the band gives the music a face and body, an almost tangible quality where one could merely breach out and touch the music swirling in the air.

This live recording from the Dead’s concert in the city of brotherly love, capture the bands heavy psychedelic jazz and bluegrass-meets-rock sound, showcasing their obvious complex musical influences. Recorded on a hot summer night – July 7th, 1989, as the final concert of Philadelphia’s famed John F. Kennedy stadium. Patriotically titled, Crimson, White & Indigo is truly a must hear. The triple CD/DVD set captures the band at the peak of their renascence. The interplay between Jerry Garcia, who was in prime vocal and guitar form, Bob Weir and Brent Mydland is top-notch, while Phil Lesh’s fingers were flying at sonic speed in perfect rhythm with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. Some of the highlights of the show include a nice “Scarlet Begonia”/”Fire On The Mountain” combination, “Box Of Rain” and “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” to name just a few. Collectively, Crimson, White & Indigo really gives that big stadium ‘wall-of-sound’ experience, punctuated by a massive 5:1 mix, which should excite old and new fans alike.

The CD/DVD package captures all the excitement of a live dead experience, taking you on a magic journey of rock & roll intensity through sounds and colors. Whether you are a longtime Dead-head or just a fan of this genre of music, Crimson, White & Indigo is a must have for your music and video collection. At bare minimum, make sure you have plenty of room to dance around the room as you listen to Crimson, White & Indigo.

Favorite Tracks: “Scarlet Begonia”/”Fire On The Mountain”, “Box Of Rain”, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”, “Little Red Rooster”, “Wharf Rat”/”Turn On Your Lovelight”, “Iko Iko”  and “Hell In A Bucket” ^m^

© June 6, 2011. Michael D. Vogel.  All Rights Reserved. This originally appeared on the Vogelism blog at, authored by Michael D. Vogel. This article may be shared or reprinted as long as the entire copyright message, including the source location of this article, accompanies it.

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Uncle Joe’s Rockin’ Christmas Show ’10/Off The Record – Press Release (12.16.10)

December 16th, 2010 by






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DATE: DECEMBER 16, 2010                                                         

FROM: Michael D. Vogel     



Uncle Joe Offers A Rockin’ Christmas Special


Ho Ho Ho!… Looking for that last minute Christmas show? Need some rock to go with your egg nog. Look no further than UNCLE JOE BENSON, a legend in SOCAL radio and a walking encyclopedia of music.

A 25 year tradition, including 11 years of international syndication across NORTH AMERICA and beyond, UNCLE JOE’S ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS SHOW has become a mainstay at rock radio across the country. The show is market-exclusive, and nearly 100 stations have already signed up, including the far away reaches of DUBLIN,IRELAND… but you still have time to get on-board!

Hit your favorite Uncle up at for all your affiliate details. More information can also be found at  


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