May. 7th, 2009

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Little Steven was a founding member of the Asbury Jukes. After leaving the Jukes, he continued to write songs for the band including "I Don't Want to Go Home."  The studio version is a song that should've been a hit, but wasn't. Check it out.  Southside Johnny and the Jukes have a great back catalog. Southside has a great voice and the Jukes are a real R&B band.
My friends and I once drove all the way to Jersey to hear Southside. We were young and took turns driving and sleeping so that we'd be back to work on time. Glory days! If you ever get the chance to see the Jukes in person, don't pass it up. 
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The Avett Brothers are based in North Carolina, and their local shows have been sellouts for years. The band is gaining well-deserved national popularity.  Go and see them live if you can; they put on a great show.

"If it's the Beaches" is one of the most beautiful breakup songs ever.  No frills, just great music and these lyrics:

Don't say it's over
Cause that's the worst news I could hear I swear that I will 
Do my best to be here just the way you like it
Even though its hard to hide
Push my feelings all aside
I will rearrange my plans and change for you

If I could go back 
That's the first thing I would do I swear that I would
Do my best to folow through 
Come up with a master plan
A homerun hit, a winning stand
A guarantee and not a promise
That I'll never let your love slip from my hands

If it's the beaches 
If it's the beaches' sands you want
Then you will have them
If it's the mountains' bending rivers
Then you will have them
If it's the wish to run away 
Then I will grant it
Take whatever what you think of
While I go gas up the truck
Pack the old love letters up
We will read them when we forget why we left here

BTW, if you're a vinyl fan, their work is available on vinyl. Their elegantly pure music was perfect for the vinyl revival. Naturally, it's available in digital form also.


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