RIP: Jim Manolides, legendary musician with Frantics, Dave Lewis, and more….

Jim Manolides has left the land of the living.

I asked my friend Barry Curtis of the Kingsmen (now retired) and the Daily Flash, to share a few words..

We are incomplete without Jimmy.

He was a walking Northwest music history encyclopedia. He knew virtually everyone from those 50’s ~ 70’s glory days. He […]

Hail Hail Girl Trouble! (LOUIE of the Week)

I am in awe of Girl Trouble!

(The band, not the actual concept…)

I can’t remember the first time I ever witnessed the band in concert… whether it was at Marsugi’s, the Cactus Club, Paradise Lounge or maybe even Upstairs Eulipia, but it was during one of their visits to the SF bay area […]

Hail Hail, Sam Carlson – military veteran + Pacific NW music archivist

If you’ve ever done any kind of online research on the music of the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably seen the work of my friend Sam Carlson.

The pnwbands.com page is an amazing resource that Sam assembled. It’s a virtual encyclopedia of information documenting the various rock ‘n’ roll groups that existed in Washington, […]

Smells Like Louie Louie by Ron Fowler – LOUIE of the Week

Less than a year ago, we showcased a version of “Smells Like LOUIE LOUIE” – an inspired mashup by Jeff & the R.F.s, fusing the Richard Berry song with a familiar Nirvana ditty. That particular version was created for the 2007 LOUIE Fest of Tacoma.

It’s 2015, and my friend Ron Fowler, leader of […]

Jeff & the R.F.’s – Smells Like Louie Louie – LOUIE of the Week

Grab your woo, man, it’s LOUIE LOUIE time!

This week’s LOUIE is by Jeff & the R.F.’s, a Tacoma band created by my friend Ron Fowler and his brother Jeff. This one was posted for the LOUIE FEST of 2007, a Tacoma event that celebrated the wonders of LOUIE LOUIE. In this version, the […]

Happy 75th for Little Bill Engelhart- LOUIE of the Week

Today marks the 75th birthday for one of the first performers to ever cover Richard Berry‘s immortal LOUIE LOUIE.

Happy Birthday to Bill Engelhart – aka Little Bill of Little Bill & the Blue Notes as well as Little Bill with the Adventurers and the Shalimars.

Little Bill’s recording of the song was […]

Freddie & the Screamers – LOUIE of the Week

“A Little Sea Shanty” is the way Barry Curtis liked to describe it.

Along with Freddie Dennis, Andy Parypa and Steve Peterson, they are a mixture of former and current members of the Kingsmen (and one former member of the Sonics) performing live at Ted Brown Music Outreach “Bands for a Benefit” at Louie […]

Her Aim is True – the Jini Dellaccio documentary

If I were in the Seattle area this weekend, I would definitely be at the Highway 99 Blues Club on Sunday night.

Photographer Jini Dellaccio is the subject of a new documentary entitled “Her Aim Is True,” and Sunday is the big night for a benefit concert featuring Northwest music legends Merrilee Rush, Buck […]

Who were the Sacred Cows? … and WHAT’s their connection to LOUIE universe?

Some of you may be asking “Who are the Sacred Cows?…. and WHAT was their connection to the LOUIE LOUIE universe?”

Luckily, Michael Davies shared an insightful comment to set the record straight …

I have been a fan of the Wailers for many years and believe that Episode 15 of Season Three of […]

RIP: Kearney Barton, Legendary NW Recording Engineer & Studio/Label Owner

When I embarked on this documentary project of mine, a bunch of people in the Pacific Northwest told me “Ya gotta interview Kearney Barton!”

I’m so very glad I took their advice.

Kearney Barton recording engineer for many great bands of the Pacific Northwest, has passed away on January 17 at the age of […]