It's Always Better Live ... Don't You Think?

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Live music was infiltrated in my life in, like I’ve said, family gatherings and church, and through our neighbors, the Reeds. The Reeds had a big family and played Bluegrass music. Every family member played multiple instruments.  It was Bluegrass Festival every weekend at their house and that’s where I found my love of bluegrass music.

Curt and Patsy, my mom and dad, sang some at church and loved going to Gospel Sings, Jubilees, and Song Fest as we called them in the South.  I had no choice in the matter for attending these “singings” and had to go, because Curt said so.

I made the best of it and found a few things to help the time pass.  I didn’t like the most of the songs—some of the singers shouldn’t been singing anyway—and I could’ve made a better use of my time.  Sometimes these things seemed to last almost all night long.  To help pass the time, there were a few things you could do. You could eat. There was always food—those good Christian Southern women can flat out cook and they step it up even more on the desserts.  And, every now and then there’d be a peroxide blond whose daddy made her go, which of course helped pass the time much better.  Of course, there were some good groups that I actually liked but I never told my parents because it would’ve made it easier for them to keep making me go.

Growing up, I was able to catch some great concerts, ACDC, Bob Segar, and Dylan to name a few.

I’ve been fortunate to have been able to hit some of the best live music scenes in the country—Nashville, Memphis, Austin, New Orleans, and of course the bluegrass festivals in Kentucky.  I truly love these places bar hopping and catching great live music.

With that said, this week’s playlist salutes great live performers, performances and live recordings. Leading us off the King, famous for his great performances (excluding when he ripped his jump suit).

  1. Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
  2. James Brown – Living In America, still feeling patriotic from Memorial Day
  3. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
  4. Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me
  5. Nirvana – In The Pines – MTV Unplugged
  6. The Band – Anything from The Last Waltz
  7. The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell, Max Roach) - Jazz At Massey Hall
  8. Peter Frampton – Do You Feel Like We Do
  9. The Allman Brothers - 'Live at the Filmore East'
  10. Kiss – Kiss Alive

Have a good weekend, Mike

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