I first heard Chris Smither in 1970. Not live, unfortunately, but on vinyl when picking up his first record I'm A Stranger Here Myself on the Poppy label, unheard, for the simple reason that it was Townes' label. I figured -- rightly so -- any label that knew what a talent he was could certainly be trusted. It did not disappoint. The album not only included a future staple that would be covered by many folks -- most famously Bonnie Raitt -- titled "Love You Like a Man,"…Continue
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments
West Virginia has a long, rich history of music festivals. Most notably the Vandalia Gathering, The Augusta Heritage Festival and the Appalachian String Band Festival. Those three are centered around Appalachian traditions, music being a primary, but not necessarily only, focus. The Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival serves up, as its name implies, straight ahead bluegrass.
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:30am — 3 Comments
In a press release issued this afternoon, Lucinda Williams confirmed what she has been saying from the stage for the past several months: the new album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, will released on September 30 on her own label Highway 20 Records, in conjunction with Thirty Tigers. It will be a double CD set and perhaps a triple (or quadruple?) LP set. It will be her first album since the 2011 Blessed. Her groundbreaking…Continue
Posted on July 14, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments
There are some moments in a musical life that are magical. This morning is one of those unexpected moments. A light rain falls in central West Virginia as the blackberries begin to ripen early this year, turning from a brilliant red to that luscious, Mercedes-Benz black, and the mail belatedly brings the new Joseph Arthur album, Lou -- an acoustic tribute to a fellow New Yorker: Lou Reed.
I remember the last time I saw Lou Reed. It was at Birdland, not as a…Continue
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments
To continue my never-ending posts about all things Lucinda Williams, it has just been announced that Car Wheels on a Gravel Road will be released on vinyl on June 23, 2014. But it will not be on an American label. Instead, the EU label Music on Vinyl which regularly releases audiophile quality recordings on 180 gram vinyl is doing it.
While both Tom Overby and Lu herself have long expressed commitments to vinyl, and to getting her entire catalog on LPs, this came as…Continue
Posted on June 6, 2014 at 11:00am — 12 Comments