Island Hopper Songwriter Festival starts tonight with many artists performing on Captiva Island. Besides the acclaimed headliners such as Jerrod Neimann, Rodney Atkins, and Kristian Bush of Sugarland, did you this years lineup includes many locals from SW Florida? Sheena Brook, Ayla Lynn, Carlene Thissen, Katie Lyon, and Keefe Klug are just some of the local talent performing for us this year. Check out the schedule at many locations on Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, and Downtown Fort Myers, click here. Island Hopper runs from Sept. 20-29 – always a great time!
George Harrison All Things Must Pass - 1970
With Lennon/McCartney standing on the garden hose of George Harrison’s songwriting career throughout most of Beatlemania, the guitarist celebrated his former band’s demise with a triple-LP deluge. While nothing on All Things Must Pass touches the garment-hem of “Something” or “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” clearly there was a great deal of quality inventory to unload—the “unintentional plagiarism” of “My Sweet Lord” aside—and the first two-thirds of the album (nobody ever listens to that awful jammy third platter) overcomes its dated mysticism. George was self-critical enough to know that his thin voice couldn’t carry a set this ambitious, and so recruited sonic drywall installer Phil Spector to liberally drip syrup all over the album’s dark-tinged Krishna folk-rock. Nevertheless, even recent remasterings make Spector’s echo-drenched symphonics sound endearingly bleached-out, a technical shortcoming that no doubt influenced the many lo-fi orchestras that have riddled the indiescape. George Harrison will forever be the patron saint of rock’n’roll underdogs, and All Things Must Pass is his Confessions. –Rob Mitchum