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Scott Morgan's Powertrane

 

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strategically located to give me full view of the stage and audience, and I wait for the show to start.

Even though I've never seen Morgan perform, I've done my research. I know that he is a legend both here and in the UK. I know that he and his bands started setting the standards for Detroit rock 'n' roll and "blue-eyed soul" way back in the 1960s. He was the acclaimed vocalist of the Rationals and Sonic's Rendezvous Band. I know that the Rationals predated the MC5 both stylistically and chronologically, and that the interchanging cast of characters with whom he has appeared onstage over the last thirty years are all legendary in their own right. I know that the Blind Pig's booking agent, Jason Berry, considers it a blessing that Morgan plays at the Pig with his current quartet, Powertrane. "He's not like other burnt-out older cats who are resentful that things didn't go right in his career," Berry comments. And now I also know that this crowd worships him.

The four men onstage launch into the first song. Within thirty seconds, a memory tucked deep within me slowly unfolds. I haven't heard rock 'n' roll like this since around 1980, when I was sixteen and the door guys at the Second Chance used to let me in. I haven't heard this music since I went to see Aerosmith and they were young — before MTV and the corporate takeover of music.

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