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Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Eric Andersen on Camus, Byron, Dylan, and Ochs

Hi Gary, So glad you've given Eric this attention..well-deserved.  I've loved him since I first heard Blue River in the mid-70's.  I've had similar interview experiences with him when he comes to L.A...he's great to talk with..his wife Inge is a fine songwriter with some great stories to tell..thanks for beautiful article....

Gary...thanks so much for writing about one of my favorite artists...terrific article...you covered a tremendous amount of territory...I'm always reminded that the maginficent "Blue River" was his greatest commercial success, and that he had reassembled the same players and producer for the followup record, recorded it...and then the tapes got lost...for 20 years...that record eventually surfaced as "Stages", and has a wonderful rendition of "Time Run Like a Frieght Train"...it also had some songs at the end that were written much after "Stages", and Jonas Fjeld, Rick Danko, Eric Bazilian, Shaun Colvin, and many others contributed on those songs.  For people who never heard "Blue River", it is timeless, you could buy it today and enjoy just as you would have in 1972...besides the tracks you mentioned, I'd add "Wind and Sand", "Faithful", and "Round the Bend" (the verse about the his 'old dog Moe" always makes me chuckle..."he's just a dog, you know?) ...there is so much in his catalog...the night he references when he talks about the poetry reading and the Kennedy Assassination is referenced in the title piece on "Beat Avenue"..."Ghosts Upon the Road" is another wonderful record..."Waves" and "the Street Was Always There", which are Volumes of his Great American Song Series, wher he covers his comtemporatries like Ochs, Paxton, Dylan, Fred Neil..."Blue Rain" is a fantastic live record recorded with some young Norwegian musicians...

Thanks again for spotlighting one of the finest artists out there...

Good stuff Gary - thanks for posting here.  

Thanks for this terrific piece, Gary. You've added another artist to my list of people I have to listen to carefully when I get somewhere I can freely use Spotify without worrying about using bandwidth. Maybe an early morning next week in the campground in Raleigh where there's free internet. You've given us a lovely, evocative look at the history of the last half century's music.