Anyone else a little groggy after a nice, long holiday weekend? I’ll try to get back in the swing. In the meantime I want to share a blog with you that celebrates West Coast/California musicians from the 70s and 80s (and I guess 90s). Growing up I was into checking out what session players played on what albums. Learned quite a bit about Jazz along the way by doing so. There was a ‘community’ of players that often played on one another’s albums.
This blog keeps up on what those musicians are up to now – both the headliners, singer/songwriters and session musicians. You’re bound to find names you have totally forgotten about. It’s sort of a ‘blast from the past’ for me to see some of my favs written about (like my beloved Doobie Brothers).
I haven’t been to the blog in probably 6 months to a year and don’t remember seeing “France” in the name of the blog before. Nonetheless it was great to see a few names I hadn’t heard about in a long time: Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Don Barnes (.38 Special – love the quality of his voice….always thought he could do better, but it was the 80s afterall), and Marcus Miller (played bass for dozens and dozens of artists).
I also saw a name of a band/artist I discovered on a Santa Barbara trip, Spencer the Gardner. What a treat. Funky stylings & funny lyrics. Would have loved to seen them in concert sometime. But upon reading that Spencer is still out there I’ve added him to my MySpace friends!