Taylor Hicks sits in with the Jamie McLean Band at GibsonGuitarNYC

January 14, 2012

On January 12, 2012, The Jamie McLean Band recorded a live CD and DVD at the Gibson Guitar Studios in NYC. Special guests included Taylor Hicks and Jason Crosby. In these historic studios, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was recorded, and artists like Bruce Springsteen and Lenny Kravitz have recorded here. The Jamie McLean Band consists of Jamie McLean (guitar, vocals), Ben Mars (bass) and Brian Griffin (drums). Jason Crosby sat in on several songs on the piano, keyboards and fiddle. What a treat for the Soul Patrol when Taylor Hicks sat in with harp and vocals on two songs: Jamie’s “Country Living” and the Allman’s “Midnight Rider”.

Jamie McLean entertained us with wonderful music, tours of the historic studio and showrooms and an open bar. Taylor Hicks’ vocals and harp playing thrilled all of us who were lucky to be there. Jamie indicated that the CD and DVD would be available very soon. We look forward to its debut!

photos by Diane


Can’t Get No Satisfaction …

May 6, 2010

I heard an interesting bit of trivia on my way into work this morning.  Apparently, on this day in music history, Keith Richards penned the Rolling Stones smash hit Satisfaction.  The DJ said Richards was noodling around on his guitar, just trying out some riffs, when he fell asleep (passed out may be more accurate?)  Upon waking, he recalled writing something good but could not reproduce the tune he had started before nodding off – however, he’d had the presence of mind to have a tape recorder running while he played.  How serendipitous!  🙂

What’s your favorite Rolling Stones tune?

And now, a golden oldie from … Pearl Jam?

April 8, 2010

How old does a tune have to be before it’s considered “classic rock’? Admittedly, some things are considered “classics” immediately, but when you’re talking about programming a radio station, what constitutes “classic rock” to you?

I bring it up because I had a somewhat … disconcerting moment last night. On my way home from work, right around 7:45 EST, I turned on Knoxville’s classic rock station 103.5 and heard this:

Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?

Pearl Jam can’t be classic rock because I remember when this was NEW. I was in frickin’ high school for crap’s sake! Gah! Is this how my parents felt when they first heard Garden Party (1972) or Morning Has Broken (1971) on the oldies station? Or perhaps a cut off Are You Experienced? (1967) that made it’s way to the classic rock station in the early 80s? I remember listening to those growing up, but they were their songs from their generation. But now I recognize, if I’d had kids at the same age my Mom had them, those kids would be 9 and 7 now – about the same age I remember hearing her music on the classic stations.

Looking at the sleeve (okay “insert” – whatever, I prefer my vinyl anyway) of my Ten CD, it says 1991. Do you realize that’s 19 years ago? 19 YEARS AGO!! I was a high school freshman who couldn’t yet drive and had questionable taste in clothing, friends, and boys. Come to think of it, I still kinda have questionable taste in clothing and when it comes to picking guys I SUCK at it. But by God, I had good taste in music then and I still do (shutupBecca!)


I guess I should start looking for Rick Dees to start hosting a weekly oldies show ala Wolfman Jack.