He played bass with Elvis & Ray Charles. Produced everyone from Joan Baez to Jimmy Buffett. Norbert Putnam is a living legend, and with the release of the deluxe edition of Elvis at Stax, Putnam shares tons of stories with PopMatters, all of them gems.
Omit your preconceived opinions of Paul Allen the philanthropist, and introduce yourself to Paul Allen, the songwriter and musician, and his powerhouse band, the Underthinkers. They're pretty good at this music stuff.
For the first time ever, the sounds of 1967 are revisited with the unearthing of two full Gold Star Studio sessions of a band that had their big chance stolen from them as soon as their ascent began. Their name was the Patch of Blues. They opened for the Doors. Audio archaeologists take heed.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band perform triumphantly on a collection of saddeningly inferior songs, leading one to wonder if the three-year span between We Walk This Road and Lickety Split was due to writer's block.