Steve Crawford

Loudon Wainwright III, Kessler Theater, Dallas, 8 August, 2012 Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | August 10, 2012

Loudon was in fine form for this show, with most of the material coming from either recently released albums or unreleased songs

The Flatlanders, Cendera Center, Fort Worth, TX August 3rd, 2012 Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | August 6, 2012

Meteorology, geography, and earth science subjects. Mountains, rain, earth, the sky, the road, snow, rivers, waves, trains, raindrops, rainbows, highways, Dallas, Texarkana, Juarez, and Carlsbad Caverns all received their due mention. The Flatlanders are standing on terra firma yet reaching for the cosmos.

Cheap Trick At The Moody Center, Austin, TX, July 29th, 2012 Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | August 1, 2012

The major change for Cheap Trick during the past few years has been the replacement of Bun E. Carlos with Daxx Nielsen (one of Rick’s sons) on the drums. While Daxx does not match Bun E.’s resounding authority, the replacement has resulted in longer/more varied set lists.

The Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1969

By Steve Crawford | August 1, 2012

The Essential Songs of 1969 closes the decade out on a high note. Creedence Clearwater Revival released three albums that year, tossing out superb singles like alt-country candy. Led Zeppelin were establishing a new brand of heavy metal while the Stooges were embracing the aesthetic that would evolve into punk rock in the 1970s

The Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1968

By Steve Crawford | July 24, 2012

The best cover song ever recorded (Hendrix on Dylan), Glen Campbell continued to deftly deliver Jimmy Webb material, and the Byrds transition from jangle pop to a country band. Sam Moore and Dave Prater hated each other with such gusto that they refused to speak to each other for 13 years during their working relationship, but they could still create magic in the studio for 2 and a half minute intervals.

The Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1967

By Steve Crawford | July 23, 2012

teppenwolf introduced the phrase “heavy metal” to music listeners, Sly and the Family Stone became one of the first popular racially integrated bands, and Jimi Hendrix was teaching electric guitars to play sonic assaults that they did not know were possible. The Beatles released a decent album that year, as well.

Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1966

By Steve Crawford | July 20, 2012

The Essential Songs of 1966 reflect the evolution of the album as being the central music experience for serious music fans – “Blonde on Blonde,” “Revolver,” and “Pet Sounds” represent a lyrical and sonic sophistication unimaginable a few years before. To compete with the British Invastion, the Monkees were created and in other genres garage rock and Motown continued to flourish.

Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1965

By Steve Crawford | July 18, 2012

The Essential Songs of 1965 introduces “groovy” to our musical lexicon, while Robert Zimmerman off-handedly released two classic albums. Gloria Jones was busy establishing the career of Soft Cell, the Statler Brothers were harmonizing about Captain Kangaroo, and the Sonics were gobbling the world’s most interesting drugs in the Pacific Northwes

The Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1964

By Steve Crawford | July 15, 2012

The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming! Steve Crawford comes over all French and surrenders at the first sight of Dave Davies!!!

The Essential Songs Of An Essential Decade: 1962

By Steve Crawford | July 14, 2012

The Essential Songs of 1962 reflect the virtuosity of Ray Charles, who started the year with the boss nova based “Unchain My Heart” and ruled the rest of the year with his modern sounds in country and western music.

The Essential Songs Of An Essential Decade: 1961

By Steve Crawford | July 13, 2012

By 1962, a producer named Phil Spector started working with The Crystals and a band in England solidified their line-up by putting Ringo Starr behind the drum kit. In the meantime, Ben E. King had two chart toppers after leaving the Drifters, Patsy Cline added another classic to her repertoire, and Etta James continued her string of Top 5 R&B hits.

The Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1960

By Steve Crawford | July 12, 2012

Includes established rock stars Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry; the soulful sounds of Ray Charles, James Brown, Jerry Butler, and Bobby Bland; as well as the first “girl group,” the wonderful Shirelles. Also, a little label in Detroit which eventually would be called Motown was open for business.

The Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1963

By Steve Crawford | July 10, 2012

Historical relevance comes secondary to the basic listener quality test. In 1963, the Beatles were beginning to conquer the U.K., Bob Dylan’s artistic vision was becoming a reality, and Brian Wilson developed a new form of timeless pop music.

The db's "Falling Off The Sky" Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | June 16, 2012

On their new album, the dB’s move away from their original edgy power pop sound and move alternately into smooth grooves and sounds from the Summer of Love

Ray Wylie Hubbard “The Grifter’s Hymnal" Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | June 8, 2012

If you haven’t experienced the wit and passion of Ray Wylie Hubbard, this is a fine starting point. As Texas songwriters go, he’ll never have the gravitas of Willie Nelson, but in 2012, he’s more inspired than Joe Ely and less trigger happy than Billy Joe Shaver.

Loudon Wainwright III – Career Moves

By Steve Crawford | May 19, 2012

Everyone in the Wainwright family became fair game for Loudon’s often acerbic music. Martha received a parental divorce notification in “Your Mother and I” and a birthday song for “Five Years Old.” His breast feeding son was the subject of “Rufus Is a Tit Man.”

Droppin' Science Like Galileo Dropped The Orange

By Steve Crawford | May 7, 2012

As the Boys once stated, “It’s not how you play the game, it’s how you win it.” The Beastie Boys were pioneers that fearlessly popularized a new style of music and continuously explored new avenues of creative expression