The Wideband Sideman

jamming on making music through the web and beyond

Today I’m going to write about how cool it is to be a musician and a producer in this wacky world of internet technology and modern travel.   (Picture above – International bunch headed to Seldovia, Alaska for a concert after the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp with camp director, Joe Becker; Scotland’s Jill Jackson ; yours […]

Simple Dreams



51mI1gqoxJLThere is only one word needed to describe Linda Ronstadt and her musical career and that word is “Grace”.  I have always been a fan of Linda and her career trajectory – she was never one to follow fads or do what most people would consider as ‘safe’ for a pop star. But this book gave me an entirely new respect for her as a person and an artist. The music she has chosen to perform over the years always harkens back to her family roots in one way or another and it seems as though she remained true to herself and her friends throughout, not an easy thing to do when the music industry devils are knocking at your door!

Linda should remain a huge inspiration to any woman who wants to do things her own way in the business but she should be an inspiration to men as well!

I highly recommend this book.

” Someone once asked me why people sing. I answered that they sing for many of the same reasons the birds sing. They sing for a mate, or to claim their territory, or simply to give voice to the delight of being alive in the midst of a beautiful day. Perhaps more than the birds do, humans hold a grudge. They sing to complain of how grievously they have been wronged, and how to avoid it in the future. They sing to help themselves execute a job of work. They sing so the subsequent generations won’t forget what the current generations endured, or dreamed, or delighted in. “

Linda Ronstadt – Simple Dreams 

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I beg your pardon, I never promised you a Rose Garden

Something is happening in the Roots Music Scene. Things are changing. A whole bunch of things. Things are imploding, exploding and corroding! Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jory Nash, recently posted the following letter on facebook. Confession time: I’m not playing any gigs this summer and it’s bumming me out a bit. The nature of this music thing […]

All The Rage



We are a few days away from the Vancouver Island MusicFest so I don’t have time to do a full Blog this week but I did want to tell you about this great book.

Ian McLagan was booked to play our Festival this summer but sadly, we lost him a few months back. One of the most beloved Sidemen on our times, you can see why in this great book. Ian talks candidly about his history as a musician who lived smack dab in the middle of the British Rock Movement and then later, as part of the Austin music scene.

I last saw Ian play when I was lucky enough to be on the bill as a sideguy to the wonderful Austin singer/songwriter and sometimes sideguy himself, Bob Livingston . We were all playing at a big outdoor farmers market in Austin and it was wonderful to get to see Ian and his band in such a laid back atmosphere.

A great, honest read for anyone who is a fan of the Small Faces, The Faces, the Stones, Bonnie Raitt or simply in the life of a great musician and sideguy!