Sunday, March 23, 2008

Metheny, Blind Boys, Prince,

(herewith, a post I started a couple of weeks ago, and just now got around to finishing)

Pat Metheny turned in yet another brilliant show at Tampa Theatre, this time with world-beating acoustic bassist Christian McBride and Pat Metheny Group drummer Antonio Sanchez in tow. Metheny opened solo, with pieces on baritone guitar, nylon-string guitar and his umpteen-string harp guitar contraption. Then the trio took over, peaking with a dramatic, intense version of "Question and Answer," with Metheny on synth guitar, and closing out with a slamming, noisy rock piece that had Metheny again using synth, and McBride pulling out his fretless.

Prince popped up on stage with the Blind Boys of Alabama recently at the Knitting Factory in L.A. Here's a video snippet from the show.

The Blind Boys' Down in New Orleans counts as one of the most inspired and inspiring roots-music CDs of the year. Check out the video for "Free at Last" - great shots of the band roaming around New Orleans (although it's a bit disappointing that there's not a single shot of the great New Orleans musicians who backed the great vocal group).

The Blind Boys sang "Free at Last" live on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I'm guessing that the vid clip is on youtube or elsewhere on the net

Too busy to read a book? No more excuses: Thanks to, you can read a classic novel a little bit at a time. Most of the content is free, although there are small fees attached to recent/current books. I signed up for Dickens' Great Expectations.

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