Jim Barrett

The Chandler Travis Three-O put on a masterclass show Saturday night at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy. The Jazz Festival at SPAC was happening as well, so I’m sure some fans weren’t in attendance. Those who were however, witnessed one of America’s Finest combos at the pinnacle of a long storied career. One […]

First I’m listening to Flavour: a local glam band’s first vinyl release. Killer songs, great playing, cool cover. Kudos to the boys, go see em’ live! Wet-Leg: British Band quirky odd time changes, weird speak/sing vocals and radical guitars. I love em’ and I can’t quite explain why? (Steve Moss) Moss: CD Sampler by local […]

1). The Beatles: King of the Hill 2). The Kinks: Most Underrated Ever 3): The Who: Sonic Earthquake 4): The Rolling Stones: Raw and Exciting Outlaws 5): The Animals: Hard British Blues (Eric Burdon was Awesome!) 6). The Zombies: A Touch of Jazz Pop 7): Searchers: Precursor to The Byrds/Harmony Stars 8): Manfred Mann: Jazzer […]

Grab a pile of CDs and stack ’em up. Pick out an opener that would appeal to anyone and leave a good taste in their mouth. Early in the first set you’re trying to get their attention with something catchy, usually not too bizarre. Perhaps a set of The Byrds, three or four tracks might […]

As a lifetime music junkie I pretty much love almost any style of music. However, there are somethings about the way it is is presented sometimes that drives me insane! Here are some examples: 1). Being at a wedding and hearing “just take those old records off the shelf,” this makes me want to piss […]

1). Newen Afrobeat: Astounding group from Chile that play Fela Kuti style Afrobeat! It’s unbelievable. I’ve ordered stuff for upcoming shows! 2). Elvis Presley (The Sun Sessions): Pure unadulterated Rock N Roll from a very young Elvis. Primitive performances from Elvis, Scotty & Bill. Produced of course by the inimitable Sam Phillips at Sun Studios. […]

They say hard work pays off. They also say say you have to believe in what you’re doing if you want to be successful in an original rock n roll band. Success on your own terms is the key to having fun in a band and knowing what you are capable of. The Playin’ With […]

Todd Nelson the guitarist for the legendary Units/Fear of Strangers has had an interesting solo career since their break up. Todd has recorded some unique music but nothing he has done has prepared me for this release! It’s called “Nevertheless” and his new moniker is NEQ with Kyle Esposito on bass and Manuel Quintana on […]

In my late teens I spent a lot of time on “The strip” in Troy. Around 65′ to 67′ there were over 20 great places for bands to play. No one was looking for trouble, just out to blow off steam and have fun. I was in a band and loving every minute of it. […]

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