Music

Music Review: The Ballad of Minnie and Pearl

Bruce Anfinson puts the “treasure” in The Treasure State. Since the 1970s, he has been entertaining people all over the world with his stories and songs of Montana, delivered in his homespun country style.

Lady Madonna: The Beatles, May 1968

From their earliest days of international stardom, the Fab Four never failed to acknowledge the early influences of America’s greatest rock pioneers—Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Buddy Holly. However, one of the recording superstars often overlooked during interviews was Antoine “Fats” Domino.

Merilee Rush & the Turnabouts: Angel of the Morning

In 1968, songwriter Chip Taylor received a phone call from Seattle, saying Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts had cut his song “Angel in the Morning.” Rush’s disc went Top Five in Seattle then spread rapidly across the country.

Honey: Bobby Goldsboro, April 1968

Bobby Goldsboro felt that Bobby Russell’s tune “Honey” had the potential to return him to the hit charts with a different, simpler approach.

Johnny’s Gone to War: Songs of the Civil War

The new Old Folks at Home CD, Johnny’s Gone to War: Songs of the Civil War (Richard Baker, 2017), is a particularly timely album of music for anyone noticing how feverish and polarized our American political situation has become. In some ways, it seems we’re still fighting the Civil War.