Songwriters and copyrights: should we feel sorry for Ed Sheeran?

There’s a big issue in the music world centering around copyright infringement, George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, and many other notable, and not so notable tunes, have found their way to the center of copyright infringement cases. But were these songwriters actually stealing someone else’s music? Take Ed Sheeran for example. […]

The Making of Crosby Stills, Nash & Young

The politically conscious, often volatile, singer/songwriters Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young were a folk rock supergroup that took its form from several well-known pop bands of the sixties. The group ultimately consisted of Birds guitarist David Crosby, Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills , and Hollies member Graham Nash. Stills & Crosby met Nash at a party at Joni […]

Rediscovering Leon Russell

It’s been a year since  Leon Russell passed and we all still miss him. Leon Russell has always been one of my major influences. The silver long hair and mirrored sunglasses aside, Russell’s keyboard style and performance charisma were traits to be admired among other keyboardists.  In the early days with Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton […]