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…

Biko


Stephen Bantu Biko was an African leader under apartheid in South Africa. He founded the Black Consciousness Movement which helped empower and mobilize much of the urban black population against apartheid. After his murder while in police custody, he became a martyr of the anti-apartheid movement September ’77 Port Elizabeth weather fine It was business as usual In police room 619 Oh Biko,…

Albert Lee, Sapphire Room, Boise, Idaho July 29, 2016

An Evening with the Master


You’ve probably never heard of him, but He helped orchestrate the reunion of the Everly Brothers and played in their band for almost 20 years. He played lead guitar on Roseanne Cash’s platinum album, Seven Year Ache. He played lead guitar in Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band for years. He backed John Prine on The Missing Years.…

Willie Nelson and Band at Outlaw Field, July 26, 2016.

Red-headed Stranger


For Willie Nelson, old age seems to be something that happens to someone else. Tueaday night, in concert, if you closed your eyes, he still sounded pretty much the same as he did back in the 1970s. At age 83, he still plays guitar with the best and, despite emphysema from all those years of…