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New Music: Dan Weber

The Daily Music Break was supposed to feature a podcast with country singer/songwriter Dan Weber today. We were halfway through recording it when my computer made some strange noises and the screen went blank. Or, more precisely, reverted to looking likes its great grandfather, a blue screen with white lettering from a 1970s movie.

So, instead, here are two tunes from Dan. The total meltdown of my technology actually was preceded by a couple of partial meltdowns. Dan was a great sport about the whole thing.

I’ll record the podcast with him—hopefully this week. If so, I’ll post it next Monday.

Dan started in the music business relatively late in life. He’s won several awards and has an album out.

I’d tell you more of his story, but he is tremendous at telling his own and those of the people he meets. He does this both in his songs and in his conversations with audiences before he gets down to playing. So I’ll wait to rerecord the podcast and let him tell the story himself.

Above is “Hank and Jesus” and below is “Oh, Woody.”

The homepage photo was taken by Sharman Smith.

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TDMB has focused on music and musicians. We will continue to do that, of course. We're also expanding our coverage to include vinyl and analog equipment.

More specifically, we'll look at this huge and interesting world from the perspective of music lovers who want a better experience, not committed non-audiophiles.

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-- Assessing the Value of Vinyl Records: An Overview

-- 7 Quick Tips on Optimizing Your Turntable Cartridge

-- Why Vinyl Records Continue to Thrive

-- Finding the Best Amplifier

-- Finding the Best Phono Preamp

-- What Speakers Do I Need for My Turntable?

Check out more articles on analog equipment and vinyl.

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The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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