Articles by Chris Bisha

Threefer: Presidents Day

February 15, 2021 by

My 9-year old daughter tells me that my boy George Washington didn’t actually chop down a cherry tree. I cannot tell a lie, I’m going to have a big slice of cherry pie (w/ vanilla ice cream) anyway. Next she’s going to tell me that Abe Lincoln didn’t actually scratch out the Gettysburg Address on […]

5 Great Rock Drummers

February 2, 2021 by

I’ve always said that rock and roll is about kick drum and bass. Rhythm, after all, is the key definer of style. I grew up in the ‘burbs and was raised on AM-radio pop, which was neither very rhythmically interesting nor particularly powerful. As I gravitated to the album-oriented rock stations in our market, the […]

Shirley Manson Shaves Her Head

January 31, 2021 by

I had the term “hair band” redefined for me at a Garbage rock-and-roll show.  It happened at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The Joint is a large show room, but Shirley Manson and her colleagues had been playing arenas, so the gig had a very intimate vibe. We were hanging […]

Threefer: Deep-Cut Cowbell Songs

January 9, 2021 by

I’ve got a fever… but there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of cowbell song lists already on the Internet. So fuck it — here’s another one. At least it’s short. These are three random tunes I heard on a recent long-distance car ride with my family. Not sure how they slept through these jams, […]

Threefer: Jerry Reed

January 1, 2021 by

Not long ago we were driving through gator country on our way to no place in particular, when the the old radio cued up “Amos Moses,” a tune I recall from my youth. It reminded me of how Jerry Reed stood out to me in the 70s, an era of country stars who could really […]

Threefer: Wishbone Ash

December 29, 2020 by

My friend Brian and I walked into our local record shop recently and some unfamiliar jam-rock caught our ears. The kid working the register sensed our interest and nodded to the “now playing” stand, where leaned the cover of Wishbone Ash. We were hooked. Hailing from Torquay, Devon in southwest England, Wishbone Ash’s progressive blues […]

Threefer: Bowie on Sax

December 28, 2020 by

Like many of us saxed-up hornies, Bowie learned to work the saxophone in his early youth. His older half-brother reportedly turned him on to modern jazz in the ’50s, and his parents gifted him a saxophone in 1961. He was soon taking lessons from noted baritone saxophonist Ronnie Ross. Bowie incorporated sax into much of […]

Singer/Trombonist Aubrey Logan’s having a “Blue Christmas”

December 9, 2020 by

Tis the season to release new holiday recordings. Thankfully, singer/songwriter/trombonist Aubrey Logan found time to share her version of the Elvis Presley Christmas classic “Blue Christmas” this year. Her arrangement is a pop/gospel take that emphasizes the “blue,” but finishes with cathartic full-band swing. She’s also released a companion instrumental version that features her on […]

Threefer Thanksgiving: Glen Campbell

November 29, 2020 by

Glen Travis Campbell passed away in August of 2017, and do you know I have still not properly said goodbye to him? I grew up on AM radio in Detroit and Florida, and Glen tunes were on the pop dial at CKLW out of Windsor (Ontario), and on the country & western stations in northern […]

Threefer Thanksgiving: Meat Puppets

November 29, 2020 by

The Meat Puppets changed my life. The year was 1985 and I was beginning to lose my grip in Ronald Reagan’s America. I was a kid from the suburbs floundering at a big state university and living in a hate/hate relationship with my father during the summer. The present was emotionally weird, and the future […]