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Getting Started on the Street

If you live in a medium to large city anywhere in this country, you have probably seen it. Street musicians playing whatever instrument they have, with a hat or case or bucket in front of them collecting donations. Many early musicians that started this way for a number of reasons. One to obviously make money.  And two, to be seen by others. Making music for a lot of musicians takes up a lot of their time and many of them don’t have the opportunity to pursue other career. They may have a job full-time or part-time that pays their rent etc., but it doesn’t really provide them with a good living. In Philadelphia, Jon Kois, performed the drums outside until he was able to start beginner drum lessons.

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So many of them take to the streets and parks to make ends meet through the craft of choice. Most of the time you see the guitarists or even a drummer, but nowadays you’re seeing even classical musicians playing violins and cellos. If they live in a larger city, playing outdoors can be quite substantial. I’ll bet it’s mostly in dollar bills and quarters, but it all adds up over time. The second part of that is they are exposed to in large number of people, who may have the opportunity to help them further their career. You never know these days who is walking down the street. Even though most of the people are in suits and ties, they could easily be an ad exec, or work for a record label.

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Or they just may know somebody who can help you, and appreciate what you’re doing and are offer to help. What an interesting trend these days is a lot of times after musicians make it, they return to their roots and go back to street performing for fun. They don’t play for money anymore, a lot of times they won’t even take it. I just feel so grateful for the gift I have been given and the opportunity to do it I love, I just want to give back to the community that made my success. In the end that’s what it’s all about. The love of your craft and wanting to share it with others.

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Tribute to The RAMM Band

Paul Mayasich and his band were very well received by the crowd
on Friday and I have a strong feeling that they have many new
fans. Paul was sporting his brand new white firebird guitar and
making it sing and the band was very very tight. I wish I had a buck
in my pocket from each person who came up and asked me about them
afterwards! It was the same thing later that evening at Stubbs bar
where they played to a packed house (and it was very hot on Friday!).

The Stubbs crowd was wide-eyed as they watched the band in awe, and it
was a very cool thing to see. Paul was playing hot, eyes closed with
the music flowing through him, the conduit, flowing out from fingers
to strings. When you watch Mayasich play, you know it’s not just a job
or a paycheck… he feels it as strongly as Stevie, Jimi, and so many
legends before him. You can see it and feel it. He was born with it
and is the real deal. Those of you living in his area are so fortunate
to have him around, he could be playing anywhere. Several people went
up to Toby Marshall’s Hammond to watch his hands as he was playing
that thing…and man Toby sure can play that thing! Toby, Toby, Toby!


John Wright turned in one of the most impressive bass solos
that I’ve ever heard that night and Jeff Rogers…he keeps perfect
time, pounding those skins with a smile and so much exuberance! There
is nothing like seeing a live band where all of the musicians are top
notch like this, and it was such a treat to be able to hear them in
our Mountains and in my home town watering hole. This band makes me
*feel it* every single time I hear them. And as if we didn’t already
know that Mayasich was all about the music…he proved it once more by
playing an amazing solo acoustic set on the festival’s busking stage.


5 Most Influential Classic Rock Bands

5 Most Influential Classic Rock Bands

What is classic rock?

Before I start discussing about the most influential classic rock bands, I want to clear the confusion revolving around what this genre is in the first place. As a rock music lover and mainly this genre, I am conscious of the difference of the classic rock from other types of rock music.

Classic rock is a music genre that is a combination of a specific guitar driven sound in form of rock with a certain time era. Classic rock began in in the early 60’s and ended in the early 80’s.This genre began with rock ‘n’ roll bands like Rolling Stones, The Beatles to Led Zeppelin.  However the classic rock genre did not stop in the eighties, there are classic rock bands today that produce the same style of the original era.

I guess you are not yet sure which are classic rock bands yet by now so I’ll give you the five most influential classic rock bands.  After listening to their music you can familiarize with the identifying component of the genre.

1.The Beatles

Formed in 1960 The Beatles consisted of George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon. Even someone in the deepest part of this planet knows at least one of their songs. In no time they were recognized as the most influential rock band. Their integration of classic components with other music was their greatest signature.

The Beatles have inspired a lot of people in the whole world. Their influence is noticed even by the fact that a question of any recognition of old music goes to them.

2.Led Zeppelin

Formed in London 1968,this rock band was formed by Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant (Vocal) and John Bonham.  Their music has rooted in many hearts all over the world to date. Their innovation,  success and influence has given them the recognition as the top rock bands the world has ever seen. Their ability to integrate every aspect of music in each and every song has given fans an amazing experience.  They pioneered stadium rock, you can see one of their live shows here.

3.The Rolling Stones

And here comes the the greatest result of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Ian Stewart, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman.  Formed in 1962,their work is pure genius. Ranging their fame between 6o’s and 70’s, they are still one of the most influential rock bands of all times.

4.The WHO

In London in 1964 The Who started with members, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon .They are known for making some rock revolutions that are used even in other music to date. This British band has influenced the lives of many including other artists with their combined talent that has kept them on stage for around 50 years.Their innovations have motivated the lives of many.

5.The Doors

Not all classic rock bands originated from London.In the year 1965 Los Angeles, the American rock band’s members were Jim Morrison(vocalist), Ray Manzarek(keyboardist),Robby Krieger(guitarist)and John Densmore(drummer). They are mainly known for their unforgettable live performances.Their social relevance has made the band one of the most influential till today.

After listening to these classic rock bands’ music,you will get the common signature of this genre. Classic rock bands are the best at rocking the rock music world. The classics are unforgettable and that’s why they have lasted and will still last for generations.


4 Absolute Must Have Classic Rock Albums

4 Absolute Must Have Classic Rock Albums

With its foundation in Album Oriented Rock (AOR), classic rock is a genre which captures the feeling of the 1960s to the 1980s. This genre contains songs and albums that were commercial successes. Furthermore, it captures the soul of the flower generation. As such, the lyrics are free and the melodies are full of passion. Classic rock never goes out of style and still sounds great today. Here are 4 Absolute Must Have Classic Rock Albums.

1. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

Produced at the Polydor label in 1970, this is an iconic classic rock album. Derek and the Dominoes outdid themselves when creating this body of work. Essentially a double album, it contains memorable songs that are described by rock fans as slow burn classics. They feature iconic guitar solos by Slow Hand Eric Clapton and musical genius courtesy of Jim Gordon and the crew. Tracks such as “Bellbottom Blues” bring the 1970s to memory every time you hear them.

2. Van Halen

All that can be said about this band of fantastic four musicians really has been said. They recreated classic rock to fit the mood of the 1980s. It was released by Warner Bros in 1978. Van Halen is filled with powerful drum sets, screaming vocals, a roaring bass and the beautiful chaos of instruments playing in tune. The tracks within such as “Running with the Devil” are testaments to the youthful angst that was in the air at the time. This albums is a must have for anyone collecting classic rock.

3. Disraeli Gears

This album by Cream is a celebration of the love, passion and free spirit of the 1960s and 1970s. Released under the Polydor label in 1967, the album contains songs that anyone who was a teen or young adult in the era can remember. The music was beautifully delivered by Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and the guys. Some memorable tracks include the “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Strange Brew”. Be assured of psychedelic mesmerism whenever you listen to this album.

4. Joe’s Garage

Masterfully created by none other than Frank Zappa, this heavy culture classic rock album is one for the ages. It was released by Zappa Records in 1979 and created both a loyal fanbase and an army of critics. The album told stories of a regular guy in the rollercoaster 1960s and 1980s. Frank is painfully honest as he describes the debaucherous decades. He also puts in some socio-political lines to get listeners thinking. It is a body of work that Zappa fans adore and the rest respect.

For powerful lyrics, unabashed emotion and intricately arranged music, classic rock is the way to go. The tunes are soulful and the artists were honest. It was a period of change and the albums above capture it in impeccable detail.