I don't normally talk at length about new releases, but it is a great day when we get a new Steve Goodman album. Especially a live one.
For most people, Steve Goodman is the Chicago singer/songwriter who wrote "The City of New Orleans" and died of leukemia in 1984. For me, Goodman was one of the greatest songwriters and, especially, performers. I had the pleasure of seeing him at the 1973 Buffalo Folk Festival and his set was superb, fun and mesmerizing. He didn't stick to his own compositions, but sprinkled the set with early Rock songs and even standards from the 20's through the 40's. The most amazing part was his amazing guitar playing. He was a true virtuoso on the instrument.
Now, there is finally an album that captures the magic of Steve Goodman live. "Live at the Earl of Old Town" documents a 1978 performance that covers Goodman classics like "City...", "Men Who Love Women Who Love Men", and "Lincoln Park Pirates" along with standards like "Red Red Robin", "I'll Fly Away" and "The Auctioneer." My only disappointment was that one of the most beautiful songs about love and old-age was not included, Mike Smith's "The Dutchman." I don't think there are many performances where Goodman didn't play the song, but it may have been cut here so the set would fit on a single CD.
There are also plans for a biography of Goodman to be released in 2007, tentatively called "Face the Music."
The Rolling Stones have added October 29th and 31st shows at New York's Beacon Theater. Rumors are that the show on the 29th will be part of Bill Clinton's 60th Birthday bash. Get your tickets early as the Beacon only seats about 2,200.
Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders hosts "Mark After Dark" every Saturday night from 7 PM to Midnight (PST) on KISN in Portland. You can listen over the Internet through the KISN website.
Rhino/Stiletto New Media is releasing a new Barry Manilow DVD chronicling a 1974 rehearsal for his first tour and his last arena show in 2004. "First & Farewell" hits stores October 31st. It's about his 352nd Live DVD (OK, I think it's his fourth).