RIP: Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist from Pacific Northwest

Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell passed away earlier this week on Sunday, February 19th. The NY Times carried a cool headline for his obituary – “Larry Coryell, Guitarist of Fusion Before It Had a Name, Dies at 73.” As this obit pointed out, he was “a virtuoso guitarist who in the 1960s was among the […]

Remembering Those We Lost in 2016

2016 was certainly one for the history books

In the political universe, 2016 was the year for the craziest, most divisive election in the modern history of the United States. While a few of my associates will be celebrating this bizarre moment where all the normal rules were tossed by the wayside, so many […]

RIP: Leon Russell / duet with Richard Berry – unreleased song of the week

2016 has been a rough year for losing musicians, and frankly we’re getting a bit tired of this sort of thing. In the past month, we’ve lost Leonard Cohen, Mose Alison, Sharon Jones, and as of yesterday, Greg Lake. In the LOUIE universe, we lost Buck Ormsby and Billy Miller, as well as Leon […]

RIP: Billy Miller of Norton Records / A-Bones (with a LOUIE relative of the Week)

In the midst of a week filled with rotten news, things were made even worse when we lost a kindred spirit…

Billy Miller was a true champion for the foot-stomping, hip-shaking, soulful roots music we call rock ‘n’ roll. Along with his beloved companion / partner Miriam Linna, they established an incredible legacy designed […]

More on Buck Ormsby + Song of the Week

As promised, here’s more on Buck Ormsby, who passed away recently…

My friend Alec Palao wrote an excellent tribute to Buck that was shared at the Ace Records website.

Here’s the first paragraph…

BUCK ORMSBY defined the term “rocker” better than anyone I have ever met in the music business. Not in the […]

Dave Marsh on Buck Ormsby

My friend Dave Marsh on the passing of Buck Ormsby:

My first response is about what I figure Buck’s woulda been: Aww fuck…

Dave dedicated a special edition of Rock & Rap Confidential to Buck:

RRC Extra No. 58: Buck Ormsby

SPANISH CASTLE WIZARD…. Dave Marsh writes: Buck Ormsby was the guitar player in the […]

RIP: Buck Ormsby of Fabulous Wailers + Etiquette Records

Today, Saturday October 29th, I was saddened to learn that my friend Buck Ormsby died early this morning on his birthday.

Here’s the message I saw on Buck’s Facebook wall:

Thank you to everyone who is sending birthday wishes to my father. He died early this morning. As many of you know he was […]

RIP: Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist – LOUIE of the Week

“Pete Fountain, the goateed clarinetist who became a global ambassador of New Orleans jazz with his flawlessly slippery technique and joyful sound, died Saturday of heart failure while in hospice care in New Orleans.”

I borrowed that opening sentence from Randy Lewis’s fine obituary that was shared on August 6th in the Los Angeles […]

Bangkok Blue -Louie’s In The House – LOUIE (Remix) of the Week

Here’s a LOUIE recording that I really enjoyed finding…

Blue Johnson aka Bangkok Blue did a jazzy remix of Richard Berry‘s original version, and shared with the world on YouTube.

Here’s a brief description from his YouTube page:

“Louie’s In The House” is a REMIX of Richard Berry‘s original recording of “Louie Louie”. […]

RIP: Gary S. Paxton, legendary music producer

My friend Gary S. Paxton has passed away a few days ago.

Gary was an extremely talented musician that produced #1 hit records in rock, country and gospel music. As a singer-songwriter of a teenage duo with a hit song that sold a million records, he toured America with legendary DJ Alan Freed in […]