That Time Was Then…and Now Again
The dB’s are one of my favorite groups. So I was delighted when I recently learned that a digital-only album that Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple released last year during the pan-youknowwhat would be released on physical format. That album, Our Back Pages, is available on CD starting today. I reviewed it last year. Go get it now.
As I mentioned in that review, the album — a collection of acoustic-flavored readings of songs from the dB’s catalog — was in fact made many years before, during the making of another Holsapple/Stamey album, hERE aND nOW. That wasn’t a dB’s record either, even though the duo were in fact joined by Will Rigby and Gene Holder.
For an actual dB’s reunion, though, we had Falling off the Sky. That record was released nine years ago — tempus fugit, folks — and on the occasion of the CD release of Our Back Pages (and in celebration of Musoscribe’s 12th anniversary this month), I thought this would be a good time to link back to an interview I did with Peter Holsapple. I was fortunate enough to see the reunited dB’s in concert around the time of the interview as well. It was sublime. I’m not sure we’ll see or hear its like again.
About the Author
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.