Elena James' Fiddle, showing a little wear on the bow after "Orange Blossom Special"

Hot Club Comes to Boise


Among WC’s very favorite live bands would be Hot Club of Cowtown. WC saw them live for the first time as a part of Mountain Stage’s first show in Fairbanks back in 2012. They blew the crowd away. At the time, WC called them “the offspring of Django Reinhard and The Texas Playboys.” They were…

Walter Becker of Steely Dan performs during the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)

R.I.P. Walter Becker: Reelin’ in the Years


Walter Becker was the co-founder of Steely Dan, and because many people have strong opinions about Steely Dan’s music, they have strong opinions about Becker as well. But with co-founder Donald Fagen, Becker produced an amazing body of music, characterized by jazz-influenced rhythms, perfectionism, opaque, elliptical lyrics and absolutely impeccable production values. Their 1977 album, Aja,…

Albert Lee at the Cinder Winery, Boise, Idaho July 11, 2017

Albert Lee Returns to Boise


Albert Lee has been in the music business since 1959. He’s played with everyone from The Thunderbirds to Eric Clapton to Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers. But you’ve probably never heard of him, let alone seen him live. Well, you’ve missed a treat, because he just might be the greatest living guitarist, certainly if…

Santana, Front, Carlos Santana and Tommy Anthony; Back Cindy Blackman Santana and Paoli Mejias

Geezer Rock at Its Best: Carlos Santana


Carlos Santana was at Outlaw Field in Boise, Idaho Tuesday night. It was hot, somewhere in the high 80s, or maybe “seven inches from the midday sun,”1 as Mrs. WC noted. WC was there, too. The show was terrific, even if it was another in a long series of geezer rock concerts WC has attended.…

Gordon Lightfoot and His Band, Egyptian Theater, Boise, June 10

Concert Review: Gordon Lightfoot


Lightfoot looks a bit cadaverous. He’s 78 years old, which seems impossible. His voice has weakened from that deep, easy baritone of the 1970s to a reedy tenor. He joked about, indirectly, explaining he now played a lot of the songs in the key of C. But it was a fine show. He has a…

John Mellencamp soloing "Jack and Diane," Outlaw Field, Boise

Concert Review: Sad Clowns and Hillbillies


One the hottest day of 2017 so far, WC attended a live concert at an outdoor venue, Outlaw Field in Boise. It was 97° F so we’re talking baked Alaska here. But the show was pretty good. It was the Sad Clowns and Hillbillies Tour, and opened with Carlene Carter, a member of the third generation…