Keith Emerson 1944-2016

I was deep into my Genesis phase as a kid when my mom came in one day and gave me a copy of Keyboard Magazine. I can’t remember the year of the edition, maybe 1990, but the cover story was about a keyboardist named Keith Emerson. Keith Emerson? The name did not ring a bell in my 14 year-old head, but I went ahead and read the article. I remember it being a very in depth article about this man and how he approached writing music, in particular a song called Eruption, the first of seven parts in his 20-minute …..more →

The Friday Factor (Repost) – Ancient Harmony – 4/13/2007

Here’s a quick tidbit. My process for Friday Factor shows deals with digital fate. I mathematically, randomly pick which show I would like to work on for the Friday Factor. Sometimes, the show that pops up from my stash just happens to be a show that is not only already up on Archive for all to hear, but in good enough quality too. A prime example of this is today’s Friday Factor of Ancient Harmony live at Charlie O’ Corley’s in Valdosta, GA on April 13, 2007. Uploaded by Marcus P, this is a classic Harmony show from what we …..more →

The Friday Factor – Blues Olympics 5-16-2007

It was a simple concept. A drummer (who sings) and a bass player, holding down the rhythm to blues or blues-formatted songs, while everyone else blow people’s minds with unrelenting solos after solos after solos. And it worked! A brief history. When word got out that I was moving to Athens, GA in February 2005, Park Bench Trio drummer Rick Williams contacted me about this unique blues concept he wanted to try out with me on keys. With fellow bassist Stephen Simmons on board, he picked up John “Wayne” Tuggle and Scott Low on guitars. One night at Nowhere Bar …..more →