The Tragically Hip made a small dent in the American music scene in the Mid-90’s, but are completely immersed in the culture and utterly synonymous with the country of Canada. A year ago this week, lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band went on one last tour through their homeland with their very last show, from their hometown of Kingston, Ontario, televised from coast to coast.
A very special Throw Back Thursday…..
No doubt a million of our tribe has shared in the sadness that comes with losing an artist that may have been held close to the heart. Someone that was a mainstay on your favorite playlist, or popped up more than most on shuffle, or you just happened to love anything and everything they distributed to the masses. For some, those artists have found a way to speak a language meant for each individual, making each and every note personal. For many of us, that artist was Chris Cornell.
Ask any punk rock, or left of center, band who their major influences are, and they might say the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, or The Ramones. But I would bet money that many of those musicians also cite the Los Angeles band X as a staple of the American punk sound and a major influence. Elaine Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake took their influences and found the thread that runs through punk, classic rock, and country music married them together and came out with a hybrid that was all their own.
For those that don’t know, or are not hip to what’s going on in the land of the elderly in Southwest Florida, there was a festival last weekend called Fort Rock that rattled the dentures from the skulls of the retirement villages, golf courses, and old person sex in the STD capital of America. Fort Rock is the sister show of Welcome to Rockville that happened way up north in Jacksonville, FL. During the same weekend nonetheless. The two festivals swapped bands on Saturday and Sunday…
Terri Nunn is the voice of the grossly underrated rock band Berlin. She has produced a crazy, large body of work from her time as an actress, to belting the signature song from the Tom Cruise, behemoth of a movie Top Gun. She has been keeping the Berlin fire warm touring with her own version of the band for some time. Terri has recently reunited with writing partner, and original Berlin member, John Crawford to record and tour behind a new album. She also took some time to sit down for a lengthy interview with RARA’S farm to discuss her acting career, the song that put the band on the map, and her love of Heart’s Ann Wilson.
such good role models…such nice boys….
And fucking awesome…..
Paul Nelson is a Renaissance Man. Singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist, Nelson played with Johnny Winter and earned a Grammy Award for “Best Blues Album” as the Producer of Winter’s 2014 record Step Back. Nelson was also Executive Producer on the Johnny Winter documentary film Down and Dirty. He recently released a record with his band entitled Badass Generation with a sincere nod to the 70’s music that inspired him to pick up a guitar.
April 5this the 23rd anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain, which really sucked. But April 5th is also the 12th anniversary of the death of the equally iconic, and oft-overshadowed Alice In Chains frontman, Layne Staley. Staley’s voice is instantly recognizable as the wailing cry for help that it came to be. His rail thin frame moved the air in locomotive sized gusts and coupled with Jerry Cantrell’s baritone brought a harmonic tone to aggressive music that has yet to be matched.