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Three Best Fleetwood Mac Songs (Before Lindsay and Stevie)

When it comes to determining the Three Best Fleetwood Mac Songs, it’s imperative to separate the siamese twins that are known as pre-Buckingham/Nicks and post-Buckingham/Nicks. Herein are the three best songs from the former configuration, when the Mac were among the British blues revival’s best.

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Waterfront Blues Festival: Young Guns, Part Five

Though he’s now 39 years old, California born and bred guitarist and songwriter Eric Lindell has been around the national music scene for a scant couple of years. That, and the appeal he has with the young hipsters dancing around Waterfront Park, qualifies him as a Young Gun.

Having never asked directly, I can only guess about his influences but it’s a safe bet that Van Morrison and Lowell George are at the top of the list. (OK, the fact he covered Don’t Bogart That Joint at the Waterfront Blues Festival kind of gave it away). Toss in a little Creedence (yeah, I heard Creedence) and you get an impression of what we were digging.

Unexpected treat: a great take on Gil Scott-Heron’s Lady Day And John Coltrane, a guaranteed ticket on the hipster train.

There’ll be lots of opportunities to see Lindell as he hopscotches across the country. Do some clicking below, baby, ‘cuz it’s true, it’s true: Lindell’s making it happen.

Look: Lindell on YouTube

Listen: Catch A Stream On His Site

Live: Getcha Some Live Lindell Lovin’

This post originally appeared on WNEW on July 11, 2008.

Waterfront Blues Festival: Young Guns, Part Five

Though he’s now 39 years old, California born and bred guitarist and songwriter Eric Lindell has been around the national music scene for a scant couple of years. That, and the appeal he has with the young hipsters dancing around Waterfront Park, qualifies him as a Young Gun.

Having never asked directly, I can only guess about his influences but it’s a safe bet that Van Morrison and Lowell George are at the top of the list. (OK, the fact he covered Don’t Bogart That Joint at the Waterfront Blues Festival kind of gave it away). Toss in a little Creedence (yeah, I heard Creedence) and you get an impression of what we were digging.

Unexpected treat: a great take on Gil Scott-Heron’s Lady Day And John Coltrane, a guaranteed ticket on the hipster train.

There’ll be lots of opportunities to see Lindell as he hopscotches across the country. Do some clicking below, baby, ‘cuz it’s true, it’s true: Lindell’s making it happen.

Look: Lindell on YouTube

Listen: Catch A Stream On His Site

Live: Getcha Some Live Lindell Lovin’

This post originally appeared on WNEW on July 11, 2008.

Waterfront Blues Festival: Young Guns, Part Six

OK. With almost 50 years in the music business and a couple dozen albums to his credit, Elvin Bishop isn’t exactly the textbook definition of a ‘young gun.’ Add to his resume “founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band” and “composer of the Top 10 hit Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (last.fm) and you have a cat who should probably be looking seriously at an AARP membership.

But, in Elvin’s case, AARP isn’t American Association of Retired Persons; it’s Association of Ass-Kicking Rock Players and he’s a gold card member. Looking every bit a grizzled 66-years old but stomping around the stage like a 16-year old, Bishop proved to the Waterfront Blues Festival audience that young guns come in all ages.

From his classics of the ’70s to the new stuff he’ll be releasing in September (on his Delta Groove Music disc, The Blues Keeps Rollin’ On), his set was head and shoulders above the rest. Best parts? A terrific take on Fooled Around, where he played solo guitar on the verse and had the crowd sing the chorus and his guest guitarist soloist: a pretty young girl in a tie-dye shirt, strumming away on his ratty old Gibson, complete with war wounds and Hello Kitty stickers.

Young gun, indeed.

This post originally appeared on WNEW on July 14, 2008.