A lot of stellar music came out of that flat land known as West Texas. Bob Wills, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, and the Sparkles are just a few artists who found something in the wind, the dust, the heat, the cactus, the mesquite, the sandstorms, the blizzards, t ... More >>
Thirty years ago today, we lost John Belushi, one of the most brilliant comedic actors of his time. He was a member of some of the best seasons of Saturday Night Live in the mid to late '70s, and starred in the classic comedy Animal House. He was one of the Blues Brothers with fellow SNL-cast member ... More >>
We're a generous bunch at Rocks Off. We just give and give and give until it hurts, and then we give some more. That's just how we roll. And when we give, well, it may seem obvious, but we tend to give the gift of music. Our friends and family are appreciative, though we do think grandma is j ... More >>
Photo By Tony MorelliBill Graham in 1974Twenty years ago this week, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham went to the big backstage party in the sky after the helicopter he was riding in flew into a high-voltage tower in Vallejo, Calif. Also killed in the crash was Graham's girlfriend, Melis ... More >>
...and so are your moustaches.A few months ago, we did an extensive blog, maybe too extensive, on those made-for-TV compilations like Jock Jams, Monster Ballads, and AM Gold. What started out as a larky exercise in how to rag out the search engine on YouTube, turned into another chapter in ou ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterFred Eaglesmith
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
February 22, 2011
Rocks Off Sr. wanted to know, and he wanted to know now.
"What kinda crowd is this? Canadians?"
"Yeah, some, for sure." Aftermath understands these things. Instinctively. It's like drinking good whiskey.
"But l ... More >>
Before the Edmund Fitzgerald went down with all hands, inspiring Gordon Lightfoot's famous ballad, there was another wreck and another song.
In 1903, The Southern Railway had a deal with the United States Postal Service for mail delivery. One of the trains involved in the mail haul was The Fast M ... More >>
Shelter from the Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years
By Sid Griffin
Of the many different periods in the career of Bob Dylan, the years 1975-76 were particularly productive on a variety of fronts: the recording of Desire, two Rolling Thunder Revue tours, filming of Renaldo & Clara, and ... More >>
The Internet wants to kill Gordon Lightfoot - back in February, someone started a rumor that the Canadian troubadour was dead. Of course it started on Twitter, of all places, where an offhand remark about a celebrity death will be held as fact. Hell, the other night we killed Tim Allen and To ... More >>
Ana Egge, Michael Kingcaid, Frank Smith: Wed., May 26. Rudyard's.
Asia: Sat., Aug. 21. House of Blues.
Asleep At The Wheel: Sat., June 26. House of Blues.
Benny Benassi: Fri., June 18. Stereo Live.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Fri., June 25. House of Blues.
The Burden, Side Arms, Ghost Town Electric, F ... More >>
Someone once observed wryly that the only member of your family you'll ever actually choose is your spouse, and perhaps a whole lot of that observation is equally applicable to the music of our lives.
A couple of years back we were sitting at Prince's Hamburgers off the Southwest Freeway in the ... More >>
Jason WolterInside the pocket of the Arena Towers, you'll find several hundred very happy Dwight Yoakam fans. Or you would have Saturday night, when the Hollywood hillbilly and his five-piece band entertained (to put it mildly) for two and a half solid hours Saturday night. We lost count - we've ... More >>
This album isn't called Fore! because Huey Lewis likes to play golf...So the other day, Rocks Off wrote briefly about Huey Lewis in regards to the Back To The Future soundtrack, not even thinking to chime in just a little bit about his reportedly huge male member. You know that certain part of th ... More >>
Fork In the Road
www.neilyoung.comYa gotta love Ol' Shakey. Even moreso than fellow cantankerous classic rocker Bob Dylan, he goes where his muse leads him, everyone else be damned. Acoustic rock? Heavy rock? Country? Blues? Rockabilly? Unintelligible vocoders and synthesizers? He's done ... More >>