George has had a love for music and the arts since his childhood days. He began attending concerts in is early teens.  At 14 he saw  The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and Iron Butterfly at the legendary Denver Pop Festival in June of 1969. George has a Masters Degree in Education and was an Elementary Principal before retiring from education in 2000 to become an Advocate for People with Disabilities.  George’s love of  “live” music prompted him to begin a website that includes concert photography,artist interviews and music reviews. George continues to attend concerts regularly, keeping a photographic and written log of his experiences.


Booker T was the head liner as part of the  Mission Creek Festival .
Dustin Busch, Iowa Native and self taught guitarist opened with an infectious hill-country blues set. Dustin was well received and set the table for JJ Grey. JJ has been taking some off from Mofro to work on an up and coming solo effort.
JJ picked up where Dustin left off delivering his take on traditional Southern Swamp grooves. Having seen JJ with Mofro several times, his solo set provided an intimate look at JJ, solo.  He did some songs off the yet to be released solo project, as well a soulful  Van Morrison cover. JJ would often take time to talk with the audience, many whom were JJ Grey and Mofro followers. At one point in the set a fan yelled , “Play your keyboard!” JJ Replied, “I’d Love to.” JJ would often reflect on his life around Jacksonville, Florida, life on his farm and beers with his dad/family.

Booker T Jones took to the stage at The Englert Theatre with a full band and his trademark Hammond B3 to a small, but enthusiastic audience.  One of the first things I noticed about his setup were twin Leslies, one on each side of the stage. Booker T and his band began their set with “Harlem House” which featured the drummer on vocals. Two songs later out came  “Green Onions,” followed by the Booker T penned “Born Under a Bad Sign.” Booker split his duties on the B3 for several songs center stage on guitar and vocals. Booker allowed his band the freedom to extend their playing. A couple of tunes were all out jams.  If there was a negative to found amidst the presence of  someone with the credentials of Mr. Jones, it was the Joe Satriani style guitar solos by the lead guitarist. As with Joe, I loose interest quickly.  

Booker T was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, then in 2010 a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Potato Hole.

Thank you Mr. Jones, Rock n roll will be forever be in your debt. jorge

Have you ever purchased a CD or record  based on its cover?  This is how I discovered 60% of my music in the sixties. I would spend hours flipping though album cover after album cover. I did not have a set criteria about what I was looking for, I was just looking for something new. Fast forward to 2010, flipping  again,but this time the viewing area of the album cover had been reduced in size.  To add to the process  my  library of potential new recordings has grown. My in store CD/record shopping when home defaults to Best Buy or Target.  Often finding a credible new artist in Best Buy is challenging.  Target often puts indie artists in an end cap.   I spent some dedicated cover surfing at Best Buy this week and came away with three known and two unknowns. I purchased the two unknown CDs solely on their covers.

Sam Roberts Band “Love at the end of the World”  Zoe Records 2009 / Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons ” Black Seal 2009

Sam Roberts Band Love at the End of the World 2009

Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons Death Won't Send a Letter 2009

The Sam Roberts Band hails form Canada. Fronted by Quebec born, Sam Roberts, have had four releases. Love at the End of the World did not disappoint, far from it, the record bears no quick “They sound like…” SRB is a guitar, bass, drums and keyboard band without the glitz of newer offerings from contemporaries  across the pond.  Reviews have drawn comparisons from everything from The Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour era) to Bryan Adams.  Their new record draws heavy from the Magical Mystery Tour more than Mr. Adams.  A quick search of reviews of the record I came upon one by Ryan Marr for Pop Matters who states, “…Mirroring Roberts’ weary lyrical cues, the album’s production work favors bland, flawlessly sterile arrangements designed for contemporary rock radio.  Roberts may have a point in that the kids have forgotten how to dance to rock and roll, but nothing on Love at the End of the World is going to teach them.” So much for buying a record based on previous knowledge, especially a review.  The Sam Roberts Band is fresh and very infectious.   5 out of 5

Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons are from Appleton, Wisconsin. Unlike “Love at the End of the World”, I had heard several of the tracks on “Death Won’t Send A Letter”  on The Loft or Public Radio, but they failed to find a home in my artist data base.  I found myself liking the songs that I had not heard more that those that were  faintly familiar.  Slant Magazine compares the band to a latter-day Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash or a Ryan Adams.  I  hear a hint of Ryan Adams.  Death Wont Send a Letter is a welcome addition to my play list, even though it lacks the appeal I found with Love at the End of the World.  Death Won’t Send a letter credits Jack Lawrence and Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs.    3 out 5


The Dream is Over

Posted by George “jorge” Burrows at 11:05 AM on January 10, 2010    Posted on iamnotjerry.com
Today marks  a 28 year liberation. I no longer need to follow Chicago or Classic Rock…again. The dream is over. As I was working on the site, I ran across an article that stated  “Bill Champlin Leaves Chicago.”  (August 11, 2009) This prompted my first blog. Since 1982 I long-held hope that  Chicago (Bill’s day job for 28 years plus) would somehow recreate Bill’s and  Chicago’s (Chicago Transit Authority’s)  early days.  I first saw Bill Champlin as a new member in  Chicago at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa in 1982.  I remember that their encore (Gimme Some Lovin, by Spencer Davis) was the closest  I ever got to my dream  of  a  LIVE Sons of Champlin / Chicago Transit Authority show.  Each year for 28 years I continued to look  for any clue to recapture the feelings I derived from The Sons of Champlin. About 6 years ago  I knew a guy who was  a “current” sound engineer for The Sons in California. I was fortunate enough to get several soundboard recordings of  The Sons,  from various time periods.  But one day the communications stopped and the well ran dry.

I continued to follow Bill in the Sons and his solo projects. Bill and The Sons have produced LIVE commercially available CDs:  “Mayday” (LIVE) Champlin Records , December 27, 1996 and Sons of Champlin “LIVE” January 1998 sonsofchamplin.combillchamplin.net .

Chicago was a willing victim to top 40 radio/Classic rock which from all account will continue  as a band. To this date their first release with Terry Kath  on guitar and vocals was a triumphant mixing of rock and jazz released April 28, 1969. From here Chicago began their decline and the ushering in of Classic Rock Classics.

I have heard parts of Bill’s new solo recoding “No Place Left To Fall”  via iTunes and it leaves me with a smooth jazz tag. However, I am confident that his LIVE performances contain massive blued eyed soul, Hammond organ and horns.

Bill Champlin


It Bears Repeating

Posted by George “jorge” Burrows at 12:34 PM on January 23, 2010 on iamotjerry.com

While listening to musician, satellite radio personality, Mojo Nixon, Mojo went on an American Idol rant.  Although I did not truly listen to his view on American Idol, I found his continued rap of, “American Idol sucks donkey dicks in Hell” extremely precise.
Dave Marsh (Creem,Rolling Stone) is in the midst of writing a book that bears the working title,  “American Idol is Evil”. I doubt that there are many under the age of 60 that are not at least familiar with the television phenomenon .  To many it is their source or reference point for music. I do not begrudge or look down upon someone’s preference in music. If it brings joy and pleasure to their life, it is all good.  To me, American Idol represents a demon that is in bed with multi-media giants with a shared goal; regain their hold on the artist and all sectors of their art. The widespread appeal of independence in the field has left  the need for major record labels nearly useless.  One stop at any of the indie music sites on the web and one can see the corporate fears.

Over the air broadcast television and FM commercial radio  program without the artist or their art in mind.

What do I do? Support LIVE music, public radio and buy independent music as much as possible.

It bears repeating, “American Idol sucks donkey dicks in hell”,  Mojo Nixon.


January 22, 2010

The following is an iamnotjerry.com interview with Ed Anderson, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Backyard Tire Fire.

jorge: As you now call Illinois your home, you began in NC in 2001. What are the pros  or cons of a Midwestern band in 2010?

Ed: the only con i can come up with is the weather.  other than that, we’re centrally located with 3 interstates rolling through our town.  if we still lived in Asheville, we’d probably never make it out to the west coast., not to mention all of us grew up in IL and enjoy being closer to families for sure!

jorge: BTF has played Wanee , opened for Govt Mule, as well as Warren Haynes Xmas Jam 2009. Is there a connection there?

Ed: i think at this point, Warren knows and digs the band, which certainly doesn’t hurt.  also, our management is friendly with his management, which also helps our cause.

jorge: Steve Berlin produced and played on your new record. What did a musician/producer with his background mean to BTF at this stage of your career?

Ed: Having Steve approach the band really motivated us and gave us a shot in the arm.  once he was on board, he encouraged me to continue writing even though i had already sent him a couple of dozen demos.  as a result, i ended up writing some of the strongest material in the few weeks leading up to the recording.  he chose the tunes, put them in the order he liked, and got the tones and performances that he wanted.  he was an involved producer and i learned tremendously from the experience.  not to mention one of the nicest people I’ve met in the business.

jorge: You have stated before that your influences cover Neil Young to Miles Davis, as well as others from the 60s and 70’s. What (if any) new bands/artists make you go,” hey, now that I’d cover”?

Ed: Beck, Flaming Lips, Los Lobos, Blitzen Trapper, Matt Mays, Califone, James McMurtry, Alejandro Escovedo, Wood Brothers, Jay Bennett, Cracker, etc.

jorge: If you could change one thing about the music industry today and it would become universal, what would that be?

Ed: it would be nice if people actually bought albums again instead of getting them for free.  And while we’re at it, no more ipods.  Vinyl only!!!!!

jorge: I personally have seen you in several different venues that range from the Lincoln in Raleigh to the Mill in Iowa City. I have to ask, do you really have said picture of me dozing at the Mill?

Ed: i’m fairly certain our tour manager snapped a shot that night in IA.  where that photo is, don’t know, but it DOES exist somewhere on some hard drive…

My thanks to Geoff Harrison for arranging the intervVisit Backyard Tire.com

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day, Feb 20, 2010