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lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar

Well, Plant is back and the initial reviews seem to be very warm and pretty similar. Pitchfork The Guardian American Songwriter Paste  Rolling Stone Live4ever bluegrassbluescountry and westernfolkgospelLed ZeppelinmusicRobert PlantThe Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant @ Jazz Fest

As usual an excellent report by Keith Spera. He prefers to chart his own course down roads less traveled, specifically the back-country trails that lead to forgotten corners of Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, and ramshackle bars in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood. Thus, on Saturday, he and the Space Shifters exhumed a meditation by high-lonesome Kentucky…

Hammer of the Gods

Listening again to the O2 concert it has became clearer than ever that Led Zep’s sound is of Wagnerian proportions, dragging you through the Mississippi delta up to Norse and Celtic mythology and much in between and then back down to the delta. Here are two decent enough interviews — the first is with Jimmy…

Jimmy Page @ 70

What an incredible career, what an incredible life. Check out the clip below of the 14 y.o. Jimmy talking about becoming a biological researcher when he grows up. bluesjimmy pageLed Zeppelinmusic

The real “boss”: Gatemouth

Gatemouth died on this day in 2005. So many tributaries flowing seamlessly into this bona fide genius’s unique style which includes covering Led Zep’s “Rock and Roll” and the Stones’ “Ventilator Blues.” To give an idea of this man’s standing, Clapton was consistently upstaged by him: Clapton very graciously got Gatemouth as support on his 1995 tour…

Rompin’ Boogie Woogie Classics

A must have for any discriminating record collection. Interesting to note that the label is UK-based but then we Brits have always had a soft spot for boogie-woogie, one of the finest practictioners along with Jools Holland was of course the “sixth” Stone –  Ian “Stu” Stewart, immortalized by Led Zep as “Boogie with Stu” on…

Celebration Day

Decent theatrical documents of rock concerts are few and far between. Only two come to mind: The Last Waltz and Stop Making Sense. Previous efforts such as The Song Remains the Same and Shine a Light while they have their moments, are in the case of the former, a bit tiresome, and in the case…

Black Dog: Now and Zen

One has to hand it to Robert Plant for eventually finding his way through the dreadful ’80s and now re-establishing himself as an elder statesman without ever becoming a caricature of his former self, not trying to be perpetually hip (a la Bowie) and now no longer feeling he has to escape the burden of…