Brian Wilson and Band, Boise, April 6, 2017 (Photo by Mrs. WC)

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds


Brian Wilson’s voice is trashed; let’s get that out of the way from the top. That sweet, pure tenor is gone. But it doesn’t really matter. WC will explain. Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, two of the original Beach Boys, are touring on the 50th anniversary (technically, now the 51st) of the release of “Pet…

Chuck Berry, c. 1973

R.I.P. Chuck Berry, 1926-2017


The very first concert WC saw in Chicago was Chuck Berry at a small venue – the name of which WC has long since forgotten – on the west side of the Loop, in what was then called the Blues District. Berry was touring in support of his latest album, 1972’s The London Chuck Berry Sessions,…

Phil Ochs Makes a Comeback


“One good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies.” – Phil Ochs, 1962 WC’s all time favorite folksinger, Phil Ochs, is making a comeback. Ochs and his amazing songs seem to make a comeback whenever American politics get especially dark. This is the man, after all, who sang, And the speeches…

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen, 1935-2016


In the late 1960s, Judy Collins, for whatever reason, came to Fairbanks, Alaska and did a performance at Patty Gym at the University of Alaska, the largest venue in Fairbanks at the time. The first song was her hit cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.” After singing it, accompanying herself on the piano, she said, “I love Leonard…

Jackson Browne's Guitars, Vema Morrison Auditorium, Boise. Photo by Mrs. WC.

Jackson Browne in Boise


WC’s buddy, Joe, has a younger brother. We’ll call him A.D. WC was visiting Joe at his family’s home once, in 1969 or 1970, and A.D. had the headphones on. WC asked A.D. how it was going, and he answered, “Not so hot, but Jackson Browne makes it tolerable.” And there isn’t an idealistic, reflective…