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The links on the upper left side of this page are primarily concerned with my music and career.

It features a biography, music samples, a section on my Dad, "The Silver Fox". The road section features information about recent or upcoming shows. There's a merchandise section, where you can buy CDs, and photos. There's also a full length video section, a guestbook area, and finally a weblog, which I try to update frequently.

I will also be addressing some of the questions that I'm often asked during my travels. So, with that in mind, enjoy the site and carry on...
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MY FAVORITE ALBUMS

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Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks: This is a wonderfully nostalgic album. It's the album Brian was never quite able to make with the Beach Boys. I love Pet Sounds and really most of the Beach Boys stuff, but this album is my favorite. Van Dyke Parks wrote the songs, but the vocals are all Brian. It's as if he could really let go and just sing. Most of the backing vocals are Brian stacking some beautifully complex harmonies on top of his lead vocal. The lead vocal may take some getting used to for you die hard Beach Boy fans, as there's a gruffness to some of it. Still, I grew to like the imperfections, and the music and stories are right out of a California fairy tale. This is a great album.
Rubber Soul
The Beatles: I nearly put Abbey Road in this spot, but Rubber Soul had such a strong influence on me when it came out, I put it instead. It was pretty revolutionary at the time. The Beatles were the top Pop group, and they could easily have continued making the catchy pop records that made them the biggest group around. Instead they came out with this little gem which included: "Norwegian Wood", "Nowhere Man", "You Won't See Me", "Michelle", "I'm Looking Through You", and "In My Life"
Anniversary, Ten Years Of Hits
George Jones: This is the one that really got me hip to George, one of the greatest country singers of all time. He had the same producer as my father did. Billy Sherrill, who was largely responsible for my father's big success made some great records with George (and Tammy). "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is to me, the pinnacle of dramatic country story telling. George has an amazing vocal range, and a rich depth to his voice. One of the all time greats, for sure.
Sweet Baby James
James Taylor: "Fire And Rain", "Anywhere Like Heaven", "Country Road", Steamroller Blues (featuring my good buddy and former Eagle Randy Meisner on the bass) and my favorite "Sweet Baby James". This album was so different when it came out. So original. Until then I had listened to mostly rock bands, but James Taylor had such a beautifully introspective quality to his music. My mother and I grew close listening to him. We used to love to just hang out and listen to James Taylor. She would point out things about his songs, such as why they were so darned good :) I learned a lot by listening to James Taylor. A very big influence on my song writing.
Once A Drifter
Charlie Rich: Okay, I know most of you haven't heard of this one, and you'll have a really hard time trying to find it. If I ever speak with Jim Ed Norman, the producer of this fine album, I will literally beg him to re-release it, or buy the rights from Elektra, or whatever it is you do to get great music out to the public. This is my father at his vocal peak. His absolute best, in my humble opinion. The songs are fantastic. Charlie's version of "Marie", the Randy Newman tune, is the best I've ever heard. "Angelina" is so Charlie it's frightening. The word was that Elektra spent so much money signing my Dad that they didn't have enough left to promote it. I don't know if that's true or not, but this album is great. Unfortunately, it just didn't do very well. I think the only big single from it was "Are We Dreamin' The Same Dream". If you ever get a chance to hear this "hard to find album", do yourself a favor. It's what I consider to be the quintessential Charlie Rich album.
For Your Pleasure
Roxy Music: Featuring Brian Ferry and Brian Eno, this album is in my opinion the greatest rock album of the 70s. Produced by Chris Thomas, protege to The Beatles' George Martin, the first side IS the album, and it's enough. Side 2 is sort of a long rambling filler track called "The Bogus Man". Forget that though, side 1 is perfect. "Do The Strand", "Another Fine Edition Of You", "In Every Dream Home A Heartache". The imagery that these songs invoke is not one bit accidental. It's as if the band let you in on the joke. These are the best Brian Ferry lyrics ever. They're more reminiscent of Cole Porter or W. H. Auden than a typical rock record. That said, they are of their time, mixing modern day images with classic themes. This is a magnificent rock record.
Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix: Jimmy Hendrix's masterpiece. This one is more majestic than the rest. I think this guy might have really been from another planet. There's still no better guitar player, just ask em'. I once asked B.B. King if he was familiar with Jimmy. He said, "man, that cat was just about the most beautiful blues player God ever made". Yes, he really did say that at a party my father had in Las Vegas back in the late 70s. Joe Walsh can attest to it, he was there too.
After The Heat
Eno & Cluster: This would not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love this album. Eno is the ultimate non-musician's musician. He doesn't come from a "chops" point of view. It's more insightful than that really. It's a very unselfish way to approach music. "The Bell Dog" is one of the coolest songs I've ever heard, and is the most techno fantasy piece of the album. Done with mostly natural instruments, this album takes synaesthesia about as far as it can go. Beautiful stuff, but it may take some getting used to. The album is hard to find, but I've seen copies available at ebay a couple of times. Worth checking out.
A Few Small Repairs
Shawn Colvin: My niece turned me on to this album. I discovered it right after I moved back to the south. To my great surprise, several of my buddies from my early days in Nashville appear on the album as musicians. Not long after the album was released, my niece gave me a copy. I called Michael Rhodes, who played on it. He was my first bass player. I asked him "do you know how really good this is?" He said he thought it was pretty good, and that he hoped it would do well. I should say it did. After relative obscurity up to that point, she won the Grammy for best album that year. I love this album.
The Complete Smash Sessions
Charlie Rich: Most people are familiar with Charlie Rich, "my Dad", as the countrypolitan crooner. Long before he achieved international stardom in that setting, he was a cult hero to many. He was one of Bob Dylan's favorites singers, and Elton John, and Pete Townsend, and Elvis Presley, and John Lennon. They knew him as a multitalented, multifaceted, blues and rock and roll artist. When you listen to this album you will hear things that predate, but heavily influence The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, and even Pink. This album is one of my 2 favorite Charlie albums, and it brings back memories of when rock and roll was king, and Memphis was the center of the universe.

Still more stuff...

  1. Being taken seriously.
  2. How my father became a star.
  3. So, you wanna' be a country star?
  4. Who do you like better, Garth or Gershwin?
  5. You'll eat what you're served...
  6. The Media: Out with the old, in with the new.
  7. It's great exposure.

Thoughts on some of the people I've played with or known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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