Rock 'N Blues Stew
by Mitchell D. Lopate
In his debut book, Gritz contributing writer Mitch Lopate collects many of his interviews, reviews, thoughts, essays, and commentaries into one fine volume.
Many of these pieces first appeared right here online at gritz.net and in our print publication.
Come along as Lopate goes one on one with Derek and The Dominos icon Bobby Whitlock, Southern soul sister Bonnie Bramlett, The Band's Levon Helm and others.
Lopate drops essays on Buddy Guy, Roy Buchanan, Peter Green - CD reviews of Mahavisnu Orchestra's "Birds of Fire," Duane Allman "Anthology I and II", Delaney and Bonnie "On Tour," J.Geils' Band's "Full House," Eddie Hinton's "Letters From Mississippi," John Lennon's "Imagine," George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass," several early Allman Brothers albums, and many more, each one re-examined all these years later with Lopate's unique perspective.
Combined, Lopate's writings span 200-plus pages filled with the passion of a writer who obviously loves the music about which he writes. There's a lot of Southern heart in this Jersey boy, and it shows here - from Duane Allman to George Harrison from down South Delta blues to British rock and classic rock, Lopate dives in head first - and the water is fine.
- Michael Buffalo Smith