Another Side of Bob Dylan at 50

Another Side of Bob Dylan at 50

In my memory, Another Side of Bob Dylan appeared at the end of August in 1964, not at the beginning as various books and web sites proclaim. Another Side would prove to be a pivotal album, one that signaled various beginnings and ends at the same time, though at the...
My 50th Anniversary as a Bob Dylan fan

My 50th Anniversary as a Bob Dylan fan

  So 50 (yikes) years ago this day, which was also a Monday was for me a life defining moment. The entire summer I’d been at a camp in Maryland on the shores of the Chesapeake day where I learned to water ski (imagine that) and shoot a rifle. Some...
Van Morrison Gets Political

Van Morrison Gets Political

For Van Morrison, first and foremost, it’s always been about the music, and finding that magic place inside the music that takes you someplace else, outside yourself to the nameless realm beyond.  What many see as an aloof taciturn stage presence that at times seems more eccentric the older he...
Bob Dylan's Sly Trip To Hell On Earth

Bob Dylan’s Sly Trip To Hell On Earth

Tempest is Bob Dylan’s 34th studio album.  He has now been recording for half a century and if this album is an indication, he has no intention of slowing down.  It is an album that is like everything he’s ever done and at the same time like nothing he’s ever...
Bob Dylan at Forest Hills, 40 Years Later

Bob Dylan at Forest Hills, 40 Years Later

[This article was written in 2005 and posted to various Bob Dylan forums for the 40th Anniversary of Dylan's first live appearance following the Newport Folk Festival.] Forty-five years ago today, I got off a bus from camp at Union Square in New York City, handed my Dad my duffle...
Of Doc Watson

Of Doc Watson

For the first half of my life that she was alive, my grandmother showed little interest in music except for watching the Lawrence Welk Show.  When we were very young and she would sit for us, it was a given that that she would watch the Lawrence Welk show and...
In Memory of Donald “Duck” Dunn

In Memory of Donald “Duck” Dunn

If you own the rights to this photo, please contact and we will be happy to make arrangements. Late last night I logged onto Facebook, and was shocked to find out that legendary bass player Donald “Duck” Dunn had died in his sleep while on tour in Japan.  Dunn was...
Willie Nelson Country Music (Rounder Records)  by Peter Stone Brown

Willie Nelson Country Music (Rounder Records) by Peter Stone Brown

Willie Nelson has recorded, and continues to record, so many albums at what seems like an incredible rate of speed that it is not only difficult to keep up, but discern which albums are worth it.  However, every once in a while and sometimes more than once in a while,...
Robbie Robertson Returns

Robbie Robertson Returns

Robbie Robertson Returns Review : How to Become Clairvoyant by Peter Stone Brown When Robbie Robertson finally returned to recording more than a decade after the original lineup of The Band played their last show, it was obvious he had moved on in terms of sound.  Co-producing with Daniel Lanois,...
Bob Dylan - A Young Man With An Old Man's Voice

Bob Dylan – A Young Man With An Old Man’s Voice

Bob Dylan – A Young Man With An Old Man’s Voice by Peter Stone Brown Originally featured at Bob Dylan’s Official Website – http://www.bobdylan.com   My first conscious remembrance of hearing a Bob Dylan song was in June of 1963, about a month before my twelfth birthday, at a Pete...
Johnny Cash: Haunting Past the Grave

Johnny Cash: Haunting Past the Grave

  It is now almost six and a half years since Johnny Cash left the planet, and not surprisingly, he still remains a vital force, not only as a singer, but as an inspirational figure who’s reach extends far beyond music.  Cash was an American giant, and the designation of...
Who wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind”? Not Lorre Wyatt

Who wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind”? Not Lorre Wyatt

(Ed. – Peter Stone Brown wrote this remembrance in response to a previous article of mine in Muddy Water, about the song “Restless Farewell.” In that piece, the issue of Lorre Wyatt was brought up, as well the Newsweek article claiming Dylan bought “Blowin’ in the Wind” from Wyatt, who...
The Levon Helm Band, The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 02.15.2008

The Levon Helm Band, The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 02.15.2008

Last night Levon Helm finally brought his Ramble to Philly, playing the Electric Factory. It was Helm’s second Philly appearance in the 21st Century, the first being a show by his blues group The Barn Burners at a River Jam, where following his surgery for throat Cancer, Helm did not...
The Art Behind the Man: Bob Dylan and America (Sean Wilentz)

The Art Behind the Man: Bob Dylan and America (Sean Wilentz)

  Historian, professor and writer Sean Wilentz’ new book Bob Dylan in America is neither biography or critical assessment though it is a bit of both.  Comprised largely of previously written though updated articles, the book isn’t so much about Dylan as it is about some of his influences, and...
"Together Through Life" Dancing with Dylan

“Together Through Life” Dancing with Dylan

  If Bob Dylan’s previous studio album,  Modern Times was about (among other things) finding love or maybe just romance, in a world, where some sort of impending doom lurked waiting around the next corner, on the new, Together Through Life, he’s decided, well there’s nothing much you can do...
John Fogerty Makes Peace with His Past

John Fogerty Makes Peace with His Past

On Revival (Fantasy Records), John Fogerty comes to terms with and maybe even makes peace with his past. In doing so he’s created one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, and maybe in the past several years. Fogerty’s history has been one of pop music’s legendary nightmares, involving...
"I Had to Rearrange Their Faces and Give Them All Another Name" The Re-Packaging of Bob Dylan

“I Had to Rearrange Their Faces and Give Them All Another Name” The Re-Packaging of Bob Dylan

The autumn of 2007 saw the marketing of Bob Dylan by Sony/BMG like no previous year. Of course promotion has happened every time Dylan releases anything, but this year smacked of product with a corporate touch. Sometime around the end of the summer, visitors to Dylan’s official website, BobDylan.com were...
Dylan’s Swing Time Waltz in the Face of the Apocalypse: Modern Times (2006)

Dylan’s Swing Time Waltz in the Face of the Apocalypse: Modern Times (2006)

Sometime back in the era of Nashville Skyline, but long before Self Portrait I was talking with a friend of mine who was heavily into Dylan, and had just written a paper for some course at Columbia University on “Time and Space in Bob Dylan songs.” We were in a...
Hubert Sumlin and Howard Tate: Farewell to Two Blues Greats

Hubert Sumlin and Howard Tate: Farewell to Two Blues Greats

  It was sometime in 1975, and my friend Richard and I were leaving our job which happened to be in a record store when Richard said, “Let’s go see Howlin’ Wolf.”  I was somewhat reluctant at first because various people had told me Wolf’s show was a comedy act...
Where is Phil Ochs When We Really Need Him?

Where is Phil Ochs When We Really Need Him?

I’m pretty sure it was in the ’80s when Reagan was president that these buttons appeared in the remains of head shops, probably in what was once the hip sections of certain cities that said: “Where is Phil Ochs now that we need him?”  Those buttons would be equally relevant...
Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs (2008)

Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs (2008)

Notes by Peter Stone Brown 2008 It was the late summer of 1989, and one day a package with a cassette inside appeared in the mail. The cassette was an advance copy of the new, as yet, unreleased Bob Dylan album, Oh Mercy. All I knew was the album was...
Interview: John Lee Hooker, October 1977, at the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Interview: John Lee Hooker, October 1977, at the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA.

October 1977, at the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA.   John Lee Hooker was one of my all-time favorite blues singers. This interview was done between shows in the basement of the Main Point, a legendary music club in the Philly suburbs. This was my first time seeing Hooker, and...
The Life (and Death) of Dave Van Ronk

The Life (and Death) of Dave Van Ronk

The Life (and Death) of Dave Van Ronk By Peter Stone Brown The headline February 10 announcing Dave Van Ronk’s death in Reuters said, “Folk Pioneer,” but I always thought of him as more than that. First and foremost I thought of him as a blues singer, even though he...
Bob Dylan -  You Only Had To Feel Them

Bob Dylan – You Only Had To Feel Them

Originally featured at Bob Dylan’s Official Website – bobdylan.com   Inthe early spring of 1965, I was listening one night to Jerry White’s folk show on WJRZ when hesaid, “We have a new single from Bob Dylan.”  White sounded kind of hesitant, the tone of his voice implied that we...
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

Full article at Counter Punch Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball by PETER STONE BROWN In 1944, writing a script for a radio show Woody Guthrie wrote: “I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good.  I hate a song that makes you think that you are just...
Farewell to Levon Helm

Farewell to Levon Helm

And the Band Played On Farewell to Levon by PETER STONE BROWN It was in the spring 47 years ago that my brother brought home an album by blues singer John Hammond called So Many Roads.  It was Hammond’s third album and his second with a band.  The names of...
Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Like a lot of people my age, Johnny Cash was someone who was always there, and in some crazy sense I thought he would always be there.  The first Cash song I truly remember was “Ring of Fire” which was a big hit when I was a kid, but there...
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On Jesse Winchester

On Jesse Winchester

It was either in late 1969 or early 1970, Rolling Stone, at the time the primary source of music news reported that Robbie Robertson was producing an album by Jesse Winchester, a draft resistor living in Canada.  That was enough to make me buy the album when it appeared later that year without hearing it. ...
Reviving A Memory

Reviving A Memory

Reviving A Memory On October 2, 1965, I attended my fourth Bob Dylan concert at Symphony Hall, in Newark, NJ.  It was a concert that’s barely been mentioned or written about except as far as I know by me in an article I wrote for Bobdylan.com a long time ago.  For years there were no...
Brandon Lee Adams carries on the tradition.

Brandon Lee Adams carries on the tradition.

Not long ago, I was discussing the future of country music with a good friend who’s been playing it for more than 40 years.  My concern was the greats we’d been listening to for most of our lives were departing, and that the stuff coming out of Nashville these days for the most part is...
40 Year Reflections on Tour 74

40 Year Reflections on Tour 74

It was some Sunday morning either in late October or early November 1973, and I’d just woken and up and walked into the kitchen, when my house mate, another Dylan fan and another Band fan said to me excitedly, “They just announced on the Radio, Dylan and The Band are going to tour.”  In my...
50th Anniversary Thoughts On My First Dylan Concert.

50th Anniversary Thoughts On My First Dylan Concert.

Fifty years ago today, I attended my first Bob Dylan concert at the Mosque Theater, in Newark, New Jersey.  I went with my older brother and younger (at the time) stepbrother who could’ve cared less.  Our parents bought us the tickets, and thinking back it was the first concert I went to without parents.  Arriving...
Ry Cooder Live In San Francisco

Ry Cooder Live In San Francisco

Ry Cooder stopped touring on a regular basis several years ago, but every so often he likes to play at one of the best venues in the country, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.  I was lucky enough to see him there five years ago with Nick Lowe. This is Cooder’s second live...
Of Tom Rush and No Regrets

Of Tom Rush and No Regrets

Way back in the early to mid 1960s, The Boston/Cambridge folk scene was only slightly behind New York City in terms of significance.  There were several singers and groups from Cambridge, but Tom Rush probably had the biggest impact.  Originally he did a mix of folk songs and blues.  He was a skilled guitar player,...
Garland Jeffreys' Truth Serum

Garland Jeffreys’ Truth Serum

For more than four decades Garland Jeffreys has been playing, writing, performing, always close to the top, but somehow remaining the invisible man who never gets inside, or when he does get inside, he remains invisible.  Maybe it’s because he’s half black and half Puerto Rican and all American and he sings about it.   From...
Why Garland Jeffreys

Why Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys September 25, 2013 World Café, Philadelphia, Pa So at this point it’s kind of ridiculous that after playing for four or five decades and showing – actually not showing but proving long ago that he’s up there with any of the poetic songwriters you care to name that Garland Jeffreys is still playing...
The Redfinition of Bob Dylan's Self Portrait

The Redfinition of Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait

In June of 1970, Bob Dylan released his tenth album, a two-record set with the weighty title of Self Portrait. It had a self portrait on the cover done in a style similar to the painting he did for The Band’s Music From Big Pink the year before. For most of the previous four years,...
The Story of the Rolling Fumbler Revue.

The Story of the Rolling Fumbler Revue.

So The Fumblers started sometime in either late 1991 or early ’92 after whatever band I had went wherever bands go, when Mike Vogelmann who’d played bass in a few of my bands called up and said, “How about if I play drums and Paul Fredrickson plays bass?” So every Tuesday we’d play in my...
Borderline and the beginnings of Americana

Borderline and the beginnings of Americana

Borderline Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires. (Real Gone Music) by Peter Stone Brown Sometimes good albums and good musicians simply don’t get the attention they deserve.  Such is the case with Borderline, a group from Woodstock, New York who released Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires on a tiny subsidiary of United Artists called Avalanche in...