Summers in the pacific northwest are incredible. For a brief window of time, the rain stops and we look around to once again realize that this place is absolutely beautiful. Music is vibrant all over and people love to take it all in before the clouds return. The summer of 2019 was another great one for MSDS and friends. As we reach for our warm coats and stocking hats once again, I felt it was worthwhile to reminisce a few highlights that Miss Sydney and The Downtown Saints had over the past few months:

Miss Sydney & The Downtown Saints at American Brewing Company
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The legendary rock & roll power trio RUSH (L-R: Neal Peart, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee)

Nine years ago today I wrote a brief Amazon review “Power Windows,” a 1985 gem in the Rush album catalog that I think deserves re-consideration, and has been often maligned. If you’ve never listened to it, give it a listen on a nice summer drive and see if you don’t agree with some of what I share below. Enjoy! – Ben

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Linda Ronstadt performing in Germany back in 1976

Happy Birthday Linda Ronstadt! Born on July 15, 1946, Linda is one of the greatest voices in Rock & Roll. It’s no secret that Linda is a favorite of ours in Miss Sydney & The Downtown Saints, and for good reason – simply put, she did it right! So today on her birthday, we feel it necessary to celebrate with her by recognizing some of the things we appreciate about Linda Ronstadt. So in no particular order, here are 3 reasons to celebrate Linda Ronstadt today.

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Gerald Johnson sharing stories about his career as a bass player on the Dreampath Podcast

It’s no secret that our beloved bass player in Miss Sydney and the Downtown Saints has had an incredible career in music. From starting in The Sweet Inspirations as an opening act for Elvis Presley in Las Vegas followed by a call in the early 70’s to join the Steve Miller Band, to recording an touring for over 50 years with the likes of Dave Mason, The Pointer Sisters, John Fogerty, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and so many more, it almost seems unreal that someone with this kind of resume would be part of our little band here in Edmonds, WA. But that’s the amazing thing about music.

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At 75, Randy Bachman continues to carry the rock & roll torch

Growing up in the small border-town of Lynden, Washington, the concept of rock & roll bands was a bit foreign. Often times  the older kids in my neighborhood would be playing basketball or washing their Ford Mustangs while blasting cassette tapes of bands like The Beach Boys, The Cars, Joan Jett, and Van Halen over their car stereos. While these rock & roll bands provided great soundtracks to our neighborhood excitement, my view of them was more like fictional characters rather than actual human beings. This changed in elementary school when I found out that my classmates’ dad was in one of these “rock & roll bands”.

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