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  • Chicago air guitar champ Nordic Thunder is a Pepper, too

    Chicago air guitar champ Nordic Thunder is a Pepper, too
    Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, Patrick Stump ... the list of gifted guitarists from Chicago is a long one, and the list of their accomplishments is even longer. But one thing none of them ever had was a Dr. Pepper commercial. Apparently none of their fretwork ever approached the uniqueness of the Doctor's 23-flavor blend.
  • The Rocky Mountain highlights of John Denver's career: Speaking with his bassist about new tribute show

     
    Alan Deremo, who played bass in John Denver’s band in the 1990s, says he was preparing more than a year ago to play at the opening of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame when Denver’s estate approached him about joining...

    Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith dies at 75; blues musician

    Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith dies at 75; blues musician
    At 17, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith left the Arkansas farm where he was raised to travel to Chicago, where he first heard Muddy Waters when his mother took him to a club. Inspired by the great bluesman, Smith never went home. Instead, he taught himself to...

    At the crossroads as Robert Johnson centennial nears

    At the crossroads as Robert Johnson centennial nears
    The intersection of DeSoto and State streets here doesn't look like anything special. On the southeast corner of the roads is H Town Custom Wheels. Across DeSoto to the west is Beer & Bud Mart, which faces a Church's Chicken stand. Immediately to the...

    Getting the music right on 'Not Fade Away'

    Getting the music right on 'Not Fade Away'
    Steven Van Zandt's gig on "Not Fade Away" began with a disappointment. The first feature from "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the film follows a group of New Jersey high-school kids as they put together a garage band in the wake of the British Invasion....