Peter Furlong

Book Review
4:16 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

SRV: The Pride of Austin - a book review

Stevie and older brother Jimmie Vaughan taught themselves to play guitar. “He taught me how to teach myself,” remembered Stevie. “And, that’s the right way.” The boys would listen closely to a tune repeatedly and pick it out themselves. Stevie’s first electric guitar was the hand-me-down when Jimmie bought a new one. “Keep your hands off my guitar,” Jimmie warned when Stevie got caught. Sibling rivalry prevailed, but Stevie always idolized his brother’s playing ability and leadership of the band The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

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Music Notes
3:20 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Regular Gig: An Interview with Bobby Trujillo


Denver drummer and percussionist Bobby Trujillo leads the quartet SaZon, joined by co-leader Norma Tell, vocalist, Ed Stephan, guitar, and Joe Lopez, bass.

PF: Describe for us your early days as a professional musician—was there a period of struggle?

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Performance Review
1:54 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Performance review: 2014 Chicago Blues Festival

Credit Photo courtesy of Ben Payton

The 31st Annual Chicago Blues Fest, this year sub-titled “Blues by the Lake”, was the weekend of June 13-15 in Grant Park. The panoramic  views from this Lakefront park are extraordinary—Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain, and the magnificent Chicago Skyline to the north and west.

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Music Notes
3:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Running Tunes: An Interview with Bobby Greene

Credit Candy Gordon

(Pianist Bobby Greene and bassist D Minor play The Mercury Café on Fridays at 9:30 p.m.)

The following is an excerpt from a lengthy interview I conducted with Bobby Greene on May 16, 2014. In this excerpt I focus on the struggle in a student’s life, when the young musician determines that a career in music is possible.

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