graeme emmott on his own

I’m not certain of how we met, but I think it happened this way. “Are you Tom Harrison?” he asked. As I had retired from The Province in February 2017 and was thinking I was all but invisible, I wasn’t expecting to be recognized. I told him he...

Mstlen Starsley Band: Rollin’ Again

Although I’ve played this album several times, I haven’t been able to shake my first impression. As it played, I kept hearing the Atlanta Rhythm Section, that kind of easy-rolling groove of so much southern rock as typified by ARS. The vocals, by Dennis...

steve jensen/lower back pin

Calling Lower Back Pain’s first album “no frills” doesn’t just describe the packaging but the music as well. The album, Picnic On The Moon. doesn’t list who is in the band, where it was recorded and who produced, if anyone. From listening...

rock of ages revisited

Rock Of Ages is and isn’t what it seems. It’s of a time, so it isn’t ageless. It’s of a place, so it isn’t transcendent. Yet it is filled with songs that, 40 years later, are still well-loved and remembered; therefore ageless. Rock Of...

12 Step Program in one bite

2 Step Program Chapter One At last, some recognition for Bob Jansen. Too bad he’s dead. Never heard of Bob Jansen? He wrote 12 Step Program; that you must have heard. Every band of the 60s used to do it. That and Louie Louie and Gloria. Every band. It didn’t matter if...

The Centaurs

Money had nothing to do with it. A compilation of a little known group of the 60s, from Vancouver no less,  never was  going to rack up a profit. It’s hard enough to sell records by a “legendary” band from anywhere but Vancouver as it is. Jamie...