The Worst Top 20 Of All Time

The Worst Top 20 Of All Time 

I've never really been in a successful band, though the first one, in high school, was by far the most fun. The fact is, I don't think I was ever meant to be…

Totally Tubular, Brah

Totally Tubular, Brah

What is it about vacuum tubes?  Why would so many of us pay so much for for gear that has electronics that are modeled after 1940s-era technology?  Though it seems odd and outdated, most guitar players will…

Time-Life Music Collections Of the Future

Time-Life Music Collections Of the Future

We were watching one of those Saturday evening Time-Life audio collections on TV the other day (yes, I admit we do watch them sometimes) when they started playing tunes from lesser known bands like…

Pilsners and Venturis

Pilsners and Venturis

Cars used to be pretty simple, and as far as I ever knew, beer was just beer.  Both have changed a lot over the years.

One night way back when, a friend (hey, Ken) and I had…

The FrankenGibson

The FrankenGibson

I bought my first "real" guitar in 1976.  It's a '67 Gibson SG Standard, with a dark walnut finish (think Angus Young, Frank Zappa, Robby Kreiger and you get the picture).  The same year I bought it, I…

The Lost Summer Of 1974

The Lost Summer Of 1974

My parents brought my brother Jerry and me to Central Florida in early June of '74.  Between the two of us, we had virtually no money, and even fewer friends.  But we did have each…

Sick Pup

Album Trivia #3:  Gotta Get Better To Die

One night last year, I woke up in the dead of night (as often happened around that time) with music, lyrics and a catchy song title swirling around in my head, so…

Getting Loopy In The Woodshed

Getting Loopy In The Woodshed

Looks like it's gonna be a long haul with COVID-19. It's a good thing I was somewhat introverted in the first place! Even so, it's definitely getting old, but we are determined to not get…

In Praise Of Crappy Musical Gear

In Praise Of Crappy Musical Gear

At age 13, my parents let me buy a $29 acoustic guitar at Musicland in the mall. And although I am grateful for that, it probably explains why I quickly learned to like electric…

Florida Man

Album Trivia #2: Fixin' Ta Lernya, Don't Wanna Concernya!

I am, literally, a Florida Man (Song #6 on my album "gettin' deep"). Lifelong Florida resident, born and raised here. So I hope my fellow natives will let me get away…