10 Essential Listens (for Hazel)

Desert-island discs, featuring Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones, The Band, Lucinda Williams, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, etc.


David Rhodes Brown: Hard-Core Troubadour

Someone asked me why I cover so much musical turf elsewhere (including artists/labels in southwest Ohio) when there’s a lot of great talent here in the Rubber City to feature. I [...]


Me and The Bo

Let’s revisit one of our first posts, from October 2009 (Bo Diddley passed away the previous year at the age of 79). He signed his name “The Bo” and was referred to by The New [...]


Rock ‘n Soul on TV: The Sixties (Part 1)

Just picked up a good read about the troubled marriage of rock and the boob tube: “TV a-Go-Go” by Jake Austen (producer of a cable-access children’s dance show that airs in [...]


Little Walter, By the Book

Here’s a re-post of an item we first published back in October 2009 (RCR’s third post… we’re now up to 115). It remains the most visited page on our site, by far – and it [...]


Keith Richards, Johnnie Johnson and the Sacred Order of Rock ‘n Roll Sidemen

In one of our first posts, I described the unique challenges of serving as a hired sideman for rock legend Bo Diddley. Well, that assignment probably was a cakewalk compared to backing up Chuck [...]


Me and The Bo

Bluesman Little Walter was the troubled genius of Chess Records.  But when it came to just plain crazy, it was hard to top Walter’s label-mate, Bo Diddley, who recorded some of the most [...]


Little Walter, By the Book

Greetings from Carefree, AZ… where they like to point out “it’s a ‘dry’ heat.” I’m using this brief respite from the Rubber City as an opportunity to read yet [...]