A deeply personal memoir of the private Ray Charles - the man behind the legend - by his eldest son.
You don’t learn how to play the blues from a book — there’s no book smart with the blues. You have to be street smart to play the blues and there’s only two ways to do that — play out 250+ night a year for 10 years, or study with someone who’s been there, done that, and can teach as well as they can play. We can’t help you with the gigs, but we can put you in very capable hands for the latter — Kelly Richey.
Back in 1990, Texas songwriter Butch Hancock staged a massive, six-night event entitled No Two Alike, wherein he played six straight evenings at Austin's Cactus Cafe. In the process, he recorded 140 of his own songs without repeating one. He then released the output later on cassette tapes. The reason for citing Hancock in a Paul Kelly review, particularly this one, is simply to establish the only precedent for this wonderful eight-disc live box set, the A to Z Recordings. Between 2004 and 2010, the revered Australian songwriter would perform his now legendary A to Z concerts, during which he would play two (largely) unplugged sets per evening for four nights, performing many of his songs, all in alphabetical order.