New Kid Back in Town?
Even though spring is barely here, the summer concert season is starting to take shape. One of the hottest rumors is the Eagles summer reunion tour will include a former member of the group added to the lineup of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. Don Henley, who will release a solo album prior to the tour, hinted it may be original member Bernie Leadon. A review of the latest Joe Walsh album is included in the March Mixed Media Playlist. Two other Eagles recently released solo albums. Glenn Frey croons standards on After Hours (Hip-O) and former Eagle Don Felder, like Walsh, also puts on a rock guitar clinic with Road to Forever (Forever Road).
Crescent City Serenade
Music guaranteed to chase away the cold winds of March is the 4-CD box set 50th Anniversary Collection from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Legacy. The box includes the classics of this great New Orleans institution, as well as previously unreleased material. The guests include a broad range of musicians, such as Tom Waits, Andrew Bird and Pete Seeger.
Trench Town Rock
Another box guaranteed to turn the cold late winter/early spring into summer is Reggae Golden Jubilee from VP Records. The four-CD box is one of the most comprehensive overviews of the history of reggae music. The 100-song selection was chosen by Jamaica’s former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga. It marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence. The limited-edition box includes a 64-page booklet.
A DVD/2-CD set that will conjure up images of summer is 2012 from Crosby, Stills and Nash on CSN Records. Filmed in California in 2012, this is the trio’s first concert film in 20 years. The set includes bonus material including an interview with all three members, as well as interviews on the road with the band and crew.