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“Second Line” for Bowie

As ugly as a teenage millionaire pretending it’s a whizz kid world You’ll take me aside, and say “Well, David, what shall I do? They wait for me in the hallway” I’ll say “don’t ask me, I don’t know any hallways” But they move in numbers and they’ve got me in a corner I feel…

Scott Billington: producer par excellence

How do you know when a song is finished? This is the key question for a producer — the answer lies with the idea that may best be described as an “intimation,” something that only comes with a deep understanding of a given tradition. Listen to this chat with Scott Billington arguably one of the best recording producers…

Gatemouth’s Texas Swing

I’ve been working my way through my last haul from the Louisiana Music Factory. This compilation with sleeve notes by non other than Scott Billington showcases a musician at the height of his game aged around 60, something he sustained right to the end hitting 81. Zappa was a big fan of Gatemouth as guitarist.…

Michael P. Smith Photography

Check out the terrific work of Smith — I especially appreciate the ones of musicians. Here are my favorites, the last one being of a young Harry Connick Jr. with Booker. Bo DiddleyClarence “Gatemouth” Brownharry connick jr.James Bookermichael p. smithmusicnew orleansTrombone Shorty