Sunday, December 16, 2012


Pearl is Pearl Aday's band and features Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. Aday and Ian are also man and wife. Now maybe you are thinking this does not sound like the kind of band that would fit in at Woodstock. But did I mention that Pearl Aday is Meat Loaf's stepdaughter? Or that her biological father was Janis Joplin's drummer? Or that the band also features members of Mother Superior and Vintage Trouble? Do not let the thrash metal connection fool you. Pearl is a band that thrives on down-and-dirty Joplinesque rock 'n' roll.

On their debut album, Little Immaculate White Fox, Pearl manages to fill the disc with instant classic rock that could just as easily have been pulled straight out of the late 1960s or early 70s. It does not sound dated but rather completely fresh and cutting edge. Pearl Aday considers Meat Loaf her real dad and she has that same intense stage energy that Meat has always displayed. All these characteristics combine to make Pearl most certainly Woodstock all the way.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Texas Hippie Coalition

With a name like Texas Hippie Coalition, you might think this band would be a shoe-in for the Woodstock stage. But as much as I love these guys, I am afraid that just is not the case. With their in-your-face Southern metal style, these hippies do not seem quite ready for the commune. With songs like "Pissed Off and Mad About It," "Clinched Fist" and "Damn You to Hell." these guys are definitely not Woodstock.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Avett Brothers

Often described as folk rockers, North Carolina band The Avett Brothers are not really so easy to pigeonhole. Their catchy blend of music includes the influences of country, bluegrass and honky tonk as well as rock and roll, punk and even pop. Throw in a bit of ragtime and, of course, traditional and modern folk, and you have one of the most interesting bands to take the stage in quite some time. But would this magical mixture of styles find a home on the 1969 stage at Woodstock?

When you consider the diversity of the bands that played at Woodstock, it is clear that not only would The Avett Brothers' home-brewed hodgepodge of hippie-friendly harmonies be appreciated, but it would in fact be demanded by the Woodstock crowd. For the most part, The Avett Brothers songs are about love. Quite fitting for the "Summer of Love." But even when they stray from this theme with a song like "Me and God," they still convey a vibe that would have fit right in with the peace, love and harmony that permeated Woodstock. Definitely Woodstock.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Black Country Communion

Black Country Communion was formed in 2009 by bassist and lead vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinan and drummer Jason Bonham. Glenn Hughes is well-known in the world of rock music having performed with Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and others. Derek Sherinan gained fame with prog-metal band Dream Theater. Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin's legendary drummer John Bonham, has worked with many major stars including the remaining members of his father's band while Joe Bonamassa is a well-respected, highly successful musician in his own right. No question this band is loaded with talent. But does this band have what it takes to make it to the stage at Woodstock in 1969?

On their first two albums released in 2010 and 2011, Black Country Communion established themselves as a powerhouse rock band with roots in the classic rock of yesteryear with even deeper roots in the blues while still bringing a fresh sound to the mix. With tracks like "An Ordinary Son" and "Man in the Middle," these guys have established themselves as one of the best new bands of the millennium. This is a band that could easily -- and proudly -- share the stage with acts such as Canned Heat, Ten Years After and The Who. Yes, this band is definitely Woodstock!