Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Beatles: Just an Excuse for the World to Go Crazy

SKF NOTE: Andy is on three George Harrison albums: Dark Horse (1974), Extra Texture (Read All About It (1975), and George Harrison (1979). Andy Newmark, Max Weinberg, and I were present at this interview in Manhattan — I think it … Continue reading

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The King of Pandeiro: Yikes!

SKF NOTE: Robert Leebrick, after my “Hidden Drummers of Iran” post, wrote asking me if I had ever heard of Wellington Moreira the King of Pandeiro. Mr. Leebrick included a Facebook video which, unfortunately, I am unable to embed here. … Continue reading

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‘Hidden Drummers of Iran’ Documentary

SKF NOTE: I came across this amazing drummer in an online news story about a Kickstarter campaign to fund a “Hidden Drummers of Iran” documentary. Ruairi Glasheen, the author of the news story, is also the “Hidden Drummers” documentarian. This … Continue reading

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Songwriting with Soldiers?

Songwriting with soldiers a powerful way to tell their stories Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • September 14, 2018 “For me, art is to tell truths that are hard to tell. Songs are incredibly powerful vehicles to … Continue reading

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Willie Salutes Sinatra: Return of the Gentleman’s Code

SKF NOTE: Willie Nelson, one of my favorite musicians, released his new album today, a tribute to Frank Sinatra titled, “My Way.” Last night, prior to today’s album release, I listened to Willie sing “One for My Baby (And One … Continue reading

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Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Dies at 90

nytimes.com Ellie Mannette, Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Dies at 90 By Karen Zraick — Aug. 31, 2018 As a child in Port of Spain, Trinidad’s capital, Mr. Mannette became fascinated with…bands…using trash cans and buckets as drums…to create … Continue reading

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Joe LaBarbera: My Gretsch Set-Up with Chuck Mangione

SKF NOTE: In the early 1970s Joe LaBarbera was recording and performing with Chuck Mangione. The group released three excellent albums with Mr. LaBarbera: Land of Make Believe (Mercury, 1973), Bellavia (A&M, 1975), and Chase the Clouds Away (A&M, 1975). … Continue reading

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