Friday, April 15, 2016

Rodd Keith's LSD Trip Gone Wrong

Rodney Keith Eskelin, aka Rodd Keith, aka Rod Rivers, aka probably a couple hundred other names, was the hardest working man/music virtuoso in the song poem business.

His musical prowess from the late 50's - mid '70's is unmatched, and If you're not familiar with his work, there is a great information resource here, curated by his son (and professional musician) Ellery Eskelin.

Unfortunately, this never-before-seen Keith 45 featuring a song about an LSD trip gone awry, is somewhat autobiographical.

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The B-side is an Elvis-style ballad about the state of America in the 70's, that features an extended spoken word intro.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Harry Thomas "Something To Quiet The Lion" ft. The Phoenix Sonshine

Corona Del Mar, California's seminal Jesus People label Destiny is best known for killer xian hippie releases like Harvest Flight and Lilly, but this virtually unknown 1978 LP from New Jersey evangelist Harry Thomas deserves a nod of appreciation too in my opinion.

Featuring backing from fellow Destiny artists The Phoenix Sonshine, Thomas' sublime delivery of songs ranging in style from lighter acoustic ballads to uptempo rock numbers, makes this a real people record a fun listen all the way through.

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