North Side Gal

JD McPherson promo photo.

When you start a "song a day for a year" project, I think there's a natural tendency to want to pace yourself a bit.  Give up 5 favorites in 5 days and it's all downhill... well, I am not gonna wait to talk about Tulsa's J.D. McPherson.  Certainly … [Continue reading]

Stitched Up and A Song For You


Possibilities is a collection of various artists recording with jazz piano veteran Herbie Hancock. I like this album in general because both the guest artist and Hancock's instrumentals get their "moment in the sun," as it were... I find there are … [Continue reading]

You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me


I've been listening to this album from Anna Wilson and Friends called "Countrypolitan Duets" and there are  a couple of tracks I really like on it... while trying to decide which one to add to my 365 list, I noticed on Twitter that today was Ray … [Continue reading]

70′s Live Rock on the air


There are two rock tunes in my 365 list so far that I'd say are fairly iconic of the late 70s, "Boom, Boom (Out Go The Lights) – Live!" by Pat Travers and "I Want You To Want Me --Live" from Cheap Trick's Live at the Budokan.  Both songs gained … [Continue reading]

Bustin’ Loose


  Chuck Brown was called the "Godfather of Go-Go" and had a breakout hit in  1979 with "Bustin' Loose" (Album "Bustin' Loose" by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers)  I've had the album since it came out, and I am sure it served as an … [Continue reading]

Young and Dumb


Buddy Whittington is a veteran sideman, notably playing lead guitar for John Mayall for over a decade.  Buddy's a hard working Texas-based player and songwriter who has developed a faithful following in Europe.  Good news is we can still catch him … [Continue reading]

Rainy Night in Georgia


Written by Tony Joe White in 1962, Rainy Night in Georgia gained success when recorded by Brook Benton in 1970.  In other words, "an overnight success."  This song was subsequently recorded by everyone from Rod Stewart and Ray Charles to Hank … [Continue reading]

Cowboys and Angels


"Cowboys and Angels" is a  new song that keeps showing up on XM, and I like the contrast and imagery of the lyrics. I don't know much about Dustin Lynch and haven't listened to his self-titled album, but that's sort of the point.  Find a song and … [Continue reading]

The B-Side


The B-Side dates back to the days of buying a 45rpm to own a particular single... the A-side of the record. The B-side was "the other song," often great but not where the promotion effort was spent. Some of us gravitate to the songs on the B-side. … [Continue reading]

Any Major Dude Will Tell You


Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic" was one of the first albums I ever owned. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" was the big draw with everyone for that album with tons of radio play AND was Steely Dan's highest charting single, but the B-Side "Any Major Dude … [Continue reading]