All three of these releases evoked feelings for bygone days, even the new album by old pro Dion. Enjoy!
'Rhythm N' Bayous: A Guide to Louisiana Music,' directed by Robert Mugge (MVDvisual, HHHH 1/2)
This March 25 DVD presents a 2000 documentary featuring Frankie Ford, Kermit Ruffins, Rosie Ledet and many others. The presentation is divided geographically, with North Louisiana first (Louisiana Hayride from 1948 to 1960, Ferriday's Jerry Lee Lewis etc.), Baton Rouge & New Orleans next (Henry Butler, Ruffins, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino) and then the eastern sounds of swamp pop, creole, zydeco and their many offshoots, which were played around here.
Highlights include Butler's intelligent discussion with examples of Big Easy piano beginning with Professor Longhair, Dale Hawkins and James Burton ("Susie Q" with too many sidemen), the Viator family and numerous happy dancers and audiences.
'Sound Man,' Glyn Johns (Blue Rider Press, HHHHH)
Glyn Johns engineered or produced albums such as Led Zeppelin's debut, "Who's Next," the Eagles' debut, Eric Clapton's "Slowhand," The Small Faces and The Faces, ARMS and many others. He was often the only person completely sober at many sessions, so his clear-eyed memories are quite revealing. He even engineered the Rolling Stones' first recording session when he worked at IBC.
Glyn's book is a great, easy read and wonderful for fans of music from classic rock's early days into the new millennium.
'New York Is My Home,' Dion (Instant Records, HHH 1/2)
This CD (maybe available in other formats) was released Feb. 12, but I got my copy later. Dion is probably someone that Glyn Johns would've liked to work with back in the day, though Dion has been a solo artist, still doo-wopping or in his "Abraham, Martin & John" folk-singing phase. Who knows how long he collected songs before recording began, but there's blues ("Aces Up Your Sleeve," "I Can't Go Back to Memphis," & "Katie Mae"), NYC bragging (the title song) rock 'n' roll ("The Apollo King,") and my genre-jumping favorites ("Visionary Heart," "Ride With You" and "I Ain't For It").
Dion seems to be digging blues and boogie the most, but that's the way this listener hears it.
Bryan Adams coming to Biloxi
Bryan Adams will appear at the Coast Coliseum on April 14 with a hit-filled show, including at least a few songs from the Jeff Lynne-produced album "get up" reviewed Feb. 5.
Ricky Flake, a former punk rocker and current music fan, lives in Biloxi. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.