More Rafferty, More ABBA Coming

by Kevin Burton    Here’s great news about even more new Gerry Rafferty music.    Rafferty’s daughter Martha did an interview Aug. 31 on BBC Scotland. Twice she told host Roddy Hart that there was other unfinished music she hoped would come out “later.”    The Scottish singer/songwriter was working on several new songs just …

A Moment To Savor With Gerry Rafferty

by Kevin Burton    The hit sniffers at United Artists wanted the title track from Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 smash album “City To City” to be the first song released as a single.    Rafferty knew better, successfully spoke up for the sonic masterpiece “Baker Street” as the first single and the rest is history.    …

Last Echoes From The Brilliant Rafferty

by Kevin Burton    Thanks to his daughter Martha, we have a new studio album from Gerry Rafferty, ten years after his death.    Parlophone Records released “Rest In Blue” on Friday.  It’s a revamping of the songs he was working on at the time of his death.    For dedicated Rafferty fans it’s a …

ABBA Songs More Than Pop Confections

By Kevin Burton    Have you heard, ABBA is releasing new music Friday!    It’s the first time in 39 years the Swedish quartet has released anything. I told that story yesterday (Something Old, Something New, ABBA!, Aug. 31).     Looking forward to the new tunes, here is a list of my favorite old ones, …

Something Old, Something New, ABBA!

by Kevin Burton    ABBA is back. Are you ready for this? Did you miss them?    The Swedish supergroup thrived in the 70s with hits such as “Dancing Queen,” “Fernando” and “Mamma Mia.” For the first time in 39 years they will release new music Friday, according to published sources.    Maybe you’re down …

Going To Music School With Alison Trelfa

By Kevin Burton    Twice in her life Alison Trelfa has worked as a music teacher. Some of her advice on a recent zoom call has me going to school.    Trelfa is a blind singer/songwriter from Middleborough, England. I wrote about her and her self-released album Decades Of Creation Saturday and Sunday on Page …

Alison Trelfa: At Home With The Music

by Kevin Burton    The inside photo is the most evocative of the two that come with “Decades of Creation” an album by Alison Trelfa.     That one shows her seated on a porch swing, holding her ukulele and smiling.  That picture lets you know you’re at home with Alison Trelfa, who is at home …

Discovering The Music Of Alison Trelfa

by Kevin Burton    Alison Trelfa can’t recall a time without music.    You could say music filled the world surrounding her as a girl, to paraphrase one of her favorite songs.     On weekends home from the Royal Victoria School for the Blind, Trelfa would usually spend the Saturday at rehearsals for her mother’s …

“Be My Baby” Has Had A Huge Influence

by Kevin Burton    The story of a stunned Brian Wilson pulling over to the side of the road makes me smile every time.    Wilson is the driving force behind the Beach Boys. He was stopped in his and his car’s tracks, by the sheer brilliance of something coming from the radio that he …

Fifty Years On, Wings Has Mixed Legacy

by Kevin Burton    Fifty years ago today Paul McCartney announced the formation of Paul McCartney and Wings.     The move was a guaranteed winner and a guaranteed loser.    A winner because any piece of music with McCartney’s name on it was going to get a listen. It was going to sell at least …