Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in metro Detroit. In addition to Loudwire, he contributes regularly to Billboard, Ultimate Classic Rock, Media News Group, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer/Cleveland.com, Consequence, Music Connection, VenuesNow, United Stations Radio Networks and others. He reports every Friday on music news with Bob & Brian in the Morning on WHQG-FM in Milwaukee and periodically with the Drew & Mike podcast out of Detroit. He is the co-founder and co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning Detroit Music Awards. He was the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series and has co-written and edited books about Neil Young, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rock & Roll Myths and, forthcoming, Alice Cooper.
How the Beatles Inspired Billy Joel’s ‘The Nylon Curtain’
He explored new levels of sonic sophistication on his 1982 album.
Tom Petty’s 1997 Fillmore Residency Gets Box Set Treatment
Famed 20-date run with Heartbreakers included several cover songs and many guest appearances.
Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp, ’18′: Album Review
Guitar hero and Captain Jack Sparrow take on wide range of covers plus two originals.
How Heart Finally Made a Hit Out of ‘Alone’
It took several tries — and several years — before song became a chart-topper.
Carlos Santana Collapses Onstage Due to ‘Medical Emergency’
Guitarist passed out approximately an hour into his set.
Black Crowes, ‘1972’: Album Review
Six-song EP looks back 50 years ago with Stones, Bowie and Temptations covers.
30 Years Ago: How Queen Were Reborn at Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
Tearjerking concert showed there might be more ahead for the band.
Eagles Pay Tribute to Late Glenn Frey at Detroit Performance
"It's always a little bittersweet to come play here, but we are forever connected with you," Don Henley told the audience.
How Humble Pie Crafted Their International Breakthrough ‘Smokin”
"It was on fire immediately," says drummer Jerry Shirley.
Scorpions, ‘Rock Believer': Album Review
More than a half-century on, German band still rocks like a hurricane.
30 Years Ago: John Mellencamp Briefly Goes Hollywood With ‘Falling From Grace’
Singer-songwriter discusses directing and starring in 1992 feature-length film.
45 Years Ago: Jimmy Buffett Sails to Fame With ‘Changes in Latitudes’
His first platinum album was home to "Margaritaville," a signature Top 10 hit.