Late Night: RIP JJ Cale

By: Saturday July 27, 2013 8:00 pm

Yesterday, legendary musician JJ Cale — best known for writing “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” both made famous by Eric Clapton — passed away from a heart attack at 74 years old.

And, On Piano, Dick Nixon: Music and Anarchy

By: Sunday January 22, 2012 9:30 am

When then-President Richard Nixon sat down at the piano on the stage of the Grand Old Opry in 1974, he was reinforcing a conservative, polemical wall of sound to help contain several decades of transformational popular music, from blues and jazz to rock & roll. Music was the last thing on his mind.

As part of his notorious race-based “southern strategy,” Nixon led the efforts of conservative elites to co-opt American country-western music. He got the idea from George Wallace’s 1968 campaign, which Wallace had filled with country stars like Hank Snow and Hank Williams Jr.

Late Late Night FDL: Muppets meet harp virtuoso Johnny Cash

By: Friday January 28, 2011 10:00 pm

Johnny Cash & Miss Piggy, from Season 5 (1981) of ‘The Muppet Show’ Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?

Late Nite FDL: Hurt, Hurt, and Hurt

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 8:00 pm

The subject of tonight’s Late Night post is: Hurt. I hope none of you are hurting tonight.

How High Is the Unemployment Rate? For Dems, It’s Five Feet High and Rising

By: Friday July 2, 2010 8:00 pm

Obama’s timidity on added economic stimulus is a self-fulfilling prophecy that would put Shakespeare’s Macbeth to shame.

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