Grant Alden
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Terry Roland commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'Ike Turner in the Rear View Mirror'
"I was at Sun Studios in Memphis last year. During the tour, they play "Rocket 88."  It was one of the highlights of the tour.  I did a bit of reading on Ike and he was certainly not a 'good' character, nor was he…"
Jun 26
A blog post by Grant Alden was featured

Ike Turner in the Rear View Mirror

Songs sometimes still become minor obsessions, even here at Farmageddon. One of the present curiosities is "Matchbox," which keeps turning up, most recently on a Carl Perkins set when I was looking for something else. (Snakes, if you must know.) The version to which I keep returning is Ike Turner's Cobra recording. Over the weekend I drove to the big city and bought another Cobra collection which includes three takes of "Matchbox," and I suppose that will have to satisfy me.We never did a story…See More
Jun 26
Easy Ed commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'Ike Turner in the Rear View Mirror'
"Ike was indeed a helluva player and Phil Spector was a groundbreaking producer who happened to murder a woman after years of pulling out a gun from time to time and threatening others. Jerry Lee married his 13 year old cousin and in an article in…"
Jun 25
Grant Alden posted a blog post

Ike Turner in the Rear View Mirror

Songs sometimes still become minor obsessions, even here at Farmageddon. One of the present curiosities is "Matchbox," which keeps turning up, most recently on a Carl Perkins set when I was looking for something else. (Snakes, if you must know.) The version to which I keep returning is Ike Turner's Cobra recording. Over the weekend I drove to the big city and bought another Cobra collection which includes three takes of "Matchbox," and I suppose that will have to satisfy me.We never did a story…See More
Jun 25
Kim Ruehl commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'For Mary, who is gone'
"Thank you for posting this, Grant, and for making me tear up from poetry."
Sep 30, 2013
Terry Roland commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'For Mary, who is gone'
"Thank you, Grant.  Beautiful and intimate....."
Sep 25, 2013
Ed Malachowski commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'For Mary, who is gone'
"Thanks Grant....from another back in the print day....fan. Mary, RIP and music."
Sep 25, 2013
Kyla Fairchild commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'For Mary, who is gone'
"This is so beautiful Grant.  Thanks for posting it.  For anyone who is wondering who Mary is, or sadly was. There is this."
Sep 25, 2013
A blog post by Grant Alden was featured

For Mary, who is gone

February, 1986for MaryTwenty-five years spilling ink and there are no words.None.Or the wrong words. They would be angry, these words, and blind fury is no substitute for a smile borrowed from Da Vinci, now stolen.Insurgent strangers in an empty room, one slender smile the only balm.Another millennium. Amid the quiet clutter the numbers subtract to goodbye.The only words, then: Thank you.-- grant aldenSee More
Sep 25, 2013
Grant Alden posted a blog post

For Mary, who is gone

February, 1986for MaryTwenty-five years spilling ink and there are no words.None.Or the wrong words. They would be angry, these words, and blind fury is no substitute for a smile borrowed from Da Vinci, now stolen.Insurgent strangers in an empty room, one slender smile the only balm.Another millennium. Amid the quiet clutter the numbers subtract to goodbye.The only words, then: Thank you.-- grant aldenSee More
Sep 25, 2013
Jack commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'A Labor Day play-list from Grant Alden's Field Notes'
"Hmmm, I must've been in a cranky mood to have corrected that.  And Ed's right, how about a post about Gram or Jesse Dayton?  What's yer take on the Eagles and Mumford?"
Sep 4, 2013
Easy Ed commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'A Labor Day play-list from Grant Alden's Field Notes'
"Didn't know what the hell either of you were talking about so I had to go off to Googleland to figure it out. Spent a minute or two of precious time finding this article that is an abbreviation I guess of an even longer one. People like us find…"
Sep 4, 2013
Grant Alden commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'A Labor Day play-list from Grant Alden's Field Notes'
"I referenced Harry Truman's assessment of the vice presidency, from memory so it could well be wrong."
Aug 31, 2013
Jack commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'A Labor Day play-list from Grant Alden's Field Notes'
" Perhaps not quite in the same vein.  Think you meant James Garner and warm piss, but point made.  Enjoy a relaxing long weekend."
Aug 30, 2013
Grant Alden posted a blog post

A Labor Day play-list from Grant Alden's Field Notes

I am quite certain every DJ worth Harry Truman's tub of warm spit will be spinning work songs this weekend. WMKY gave me two hours this month, and though I rarely pretend to market my monthly show, this one was particularly fun. And so a list of work songs for the weekend. Leaving out a bunch I hadn't time for or lacked the wit to include in the first place.WOODY GUTHRIE, "Talking Hard Work'TIM CARROLL, "Why Do I Need a Job?'THE ROCHES, "Please Mr. Selleck"JAMES TALLEY, "Workin' for Wages"KEVIN…See More
Aug 30, 2013
greasepaint commented on Grant Alden's blog post 'Paul Gilley and why maybe you should have heard of him'
"As I recall,   this gentleman gets more than a passing reference in Chet Flippo's bio of Hank. "
Aug 28, 2013

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Ike Turner in the Rear View Mirror

Songs sometimes still become minor obsessions, even here at Farmageddon. One of the present curiosities is "Matchbox," which keeps turning up, most recently on a Carl Perkins set when I was looking for something else. (Snakes, if you must know.) The version to which I keep returning is Ike Turner's Cobra recording. Over the weekend I drove to the big city and bought another Cobra collection which includes three takes of "Matchbox," and I suppose that will have to satisfy…

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Posted on June 25, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

For Mary, who is gone

February, 1986

for Mary

Twenty-five years

spilling ink

and there are no words.

None.

Or the wrong words.

They would be angry,

these words,

and blind fury

is no substitute

for a smile

borrowed from Da Vinci,

now stolen.

Insurgent strangers

in an empty room,

one slender smile

the only balm.

Another millennium.

Amid the quiet clutter

the numbers subtract…

Continue

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

A Labor Day play-list from Grant Alden's Field Notes

I am quite certain every DJ worth Harry Truman's tub of warm spit will be spinning work songs this weekend. WMKY gave me two hours this month, and though I rarely pretend to market my monthly show, this one was particularly fun. And so a list of work songs for the weekend. Leaving out a bunch I hadn't time for or lacked the wit to include in the first place.

WOODY GUTHRIE, "Talking Hard Work'

TIM CARROLL, "Why Do I Need a Job?'

THE ROCHES, "Please Mr. Selleck"

JAMES…

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Posted on August 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Paul Gilley and why maybe you should have heard of him

One of our regular customers called the bookstore today to ask if we stocked the new book about Paul Gilley, the songwriter from Morgan County, Kentucky.

We don't. I'd never heard of Paul Gilley. Or, rather, I'd heard something slip by in the wind, and not held onto it.

And the book is self-published. Here's the link I found, in which the author is interviewed: …

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Posted on August 26, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

A late meditation on the oral history of grunge

What follows is a meditation on Mark Yarm's well-assembled book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, published in 2011. (By way of disclosure, I am one of the many sources he interviewed.) This essay doesn't properly belong here, and I know that, but this is home, even if I only stop by once a year.

The very first piece I wrote for The Rocket magazine in 1988, when finally I came out from behind the typesetting machine, was about the process of…

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Posted on June 1, 2013 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

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At 1:42pm on December 10, 2012, NoDepression said…

Hi Grant,

Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your recent comments here on No Depression. It means a lot to the folks who blog and post other content here to know that it's being noticed and appreciated. Since the majority of content on this site is crowd-sourced, community involvement is what makes everything here on ND possible. So, thanks again for taking the time to post comments - we really appreciate it!

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At 6:45pm on June 21, 2010, KittraKittra said…
Thanks to Freddie Bienstock & the Colonel, Elvis Presley was given tons of crappy material. Not only that, they flat out stole Martha Carson's arrangement of "Swing Down Sweet Chariot," copyrighted it and she never saw a penny. (Elvis used to open shows for Martha. Elvis learned the song from Martha!) Freddie Bienstock could have brought good material to Elvis but he was greedy, short-sighted, and obviously couldn't recognized the difference between a good song and a bad song. Elvis' studio musicians dreaded the sight of Freddie Beinstock.
At 4:27pm on November 5, 2009, Rob Carey of The Headlocks said…
Glad to be friends, Grant!
Hope you enjoy the songs I've posted from my band The Headlocks.
I read No Depression all the time and would like to think that our new record Cuckoo Bird would have been received well somewhere among its pages...
Glad to be here on NoDepression
Rob
At 4:18am on November 3, 2009, Karin Wright said…
Hi Grant,
Thank you for the friendship.
Regards
Karin
At 6:42pm on September 22, 2009, Rob Taylor-Manning said…
i typically just ask what you've been listening to for my Americana needs. i'm still trying to figure out how i stumbled into my latest love - Rachel's.
At 5:57am on August 17, 2009, Alan Edwards said…
Hi, Grant,
Alan at Appleseed Recordings here. I tried sending you the press release below to your grant@nodepression.net address and it bounced back. Would you care to share your new e-mail address, and should we still be sending you review copies of our releases? Is Peter now at the Seattle address or still in NC. Please let me know, and please read on,
Alan

For music feature program consideration...

Indie Record Label Appleseed, Haven for "Heritage" Folk/Roots Artists,
Celebrates 100th Release: New CD/DVD by Buffy Sainte-Marie

West Chester, Penn. -- It's appropriate that an independent CD label with a roster of creatively vibrant and often politically active musicians from the past five decades would mark its 100th release with a CD/DVD package in August by Buffy Sainte-Marie, the first recordings in 18 years from the once-blacklisted Native American folksinger-songwriter.

What's surprising is that the label, Appleseed Recordings, is not only surviving but successfully spreading its idealistic belief in music's power to move people and effect social change to new generations. The company's activist outlook and its core of "heritage" artists -- respected musicians associated with the folk and protest movements of the Sixties and beyond, but many of them long absent from the recording studio -- have inspired guest appearances on its special projects by contemporary performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt and dozens more. The twelve-year-old label has been recognized by nine Grammy nominations and, finally, a Grammy Award in 2009 for one of its main inspirations, Pete Seeger.

West Chester, Penn.-based Appleseed was founded by music-loving former lawyer Jim Musselman, who forged his own social conscience as one of consumer advocate Ralph Nader's "Raiders," forcing the auto industry into mandatory installation of airbags in motor vehicles in the Eighties. Determined to start a record label of musical and historical value, Musselman has gradually assembled a roster of releases by many giants of topical and personal songwriting as well as traditional music, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Sweet Honey in the Rock, former Byrds leader Roger McGuinn, Tom Rush, Jesse Winchester, Holly Near, and David Bromberg; a British contingent that includes Donovan, Al Stewart, and John Wesley Harding; and other international artists including Tommy Sands (Northern Ireland), Dick Gaughan (Scotland), and Sharon Katz (South Africa). This week's release of Canadian-born Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Running for the Drum" CD, which includes a biographical documentary DVD, "Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life," marks the overdue return of another independent musician who paid for her activism with a de facto airplay ban during the Nixon years in the Seventies.

"Appleseed has built its reputation as a label unafraid of politics, a place where an artist can speak his or her mind without fear of censorship," to quote the online All Music Guide. The company backs up its idealistic outlook by contributing a percentage of its profits to environmental, human rights, and other progressive organizations -- more than $250,000 to date.

Aside from releasing highly praised solo albums by its artists, Appleseed has issued albums of Underground Railroad and Spanish Civil War songs; "Give US Your Poor," a charity CD that paired established musicians such as Natalie Merchant with their down-and-out counterparts to benefit the homeless (for which Merchant was named ABC-TV's "Artist of the Week" in 2007); archival recordings of previously unreleased traditional American folk ballads; and expanded reissues of out-of-print LPs. In 2007, the label released "Sowing the Seeds - The 10th Anniversary," a 2-CD set celebrating its first decade with catalogue highlights and new recordings, including a historic pairing of Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen on the latter's "Ghost of Tom Joad." Numerous outspoken musicians on other labels, including Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, and Billy Bragg, have recorded as guest artists for Appleseed.

Appleseed has also been greatly responsible for the restoration to the public consciousness of folk and activist icon Pete Seeger and introducing his music to a new, young audience. One of the label's earliest releases was a 2-CD tribute to Seeger called "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," the first of three such tributes featuring mostly exclusive new recordings of Seeger-associated songs performed by Bruce Springsteen (his first real contact with Seeger's music, which led to his "Seeger Sessions" recordings and tours almost a decade later), Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt, Judy Collins, Donovan, actor-musician-activist Tim Robbins and a virtual who's who of classic and contemporary folk music. Fittingly, Seeger's "At 89" CD in 2008 brought the label its first Grammy Award (for "Best Traditional Folk Recording"); Pete's appearance with Springsteen performing "This Land is Your Land" at the pre-Obama inauguration "We Are One" concert in January 2009 added another link in the chain of tradition.

Equally gratifying to Appleseed has been the use of its recordings in times of political strife and human anguish. Years after its inclusion in Appleseed's first Seeger tribute, Springsteen's version of the Seeger-adapted "We Shall Overcome" civil rights song was used by NBC-TV news as the soundtrack to a video montage of self-sacrifice and suffering in New York City in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, broadcast nightly for a week. Grieving families also played the song for comfort in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. On the day of the US invasion of Iraq, Musselman added some updated lyrics to Seeger's Vietnam-era protest, "Bring Them Home," and brought Seeger into the studio to sing a timely new version, later augmented by Earle, Bragg, and DiFranco, for inclusion on 2003's Grammy-nominated "Seeds," the third of Appleseed's Seeger tributes. Springsteen subsequently wrote, performed and recorded additional verses to "Bring Them Home."

Musselman finds great satisfaction in combining his commitment to social justice with his passion for music: "We are more than a record label; we are a vision, in many ways using music as a tool of social change and peace. We also are unlike most labels in that we initiate many of our projects and then approach artists to share that vision."

For more information about Appleseed Recordings, to arrange an interview with Jim Musselman, or to request a review copy of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Running for the Drum" (US only), please contact me via the phone number or e-mail address below. You can also visit our website, www.AppleseedMusic, for more information.

Thanks and stay cool,
Alan

Alan Edwards
Appleseed Recordings
(ph/fax) 215-628-4562
(e-mail) JoeVinyl@aol.com
www.AppleseedMusic.com
29 Betsy Lane
Ambler, PA 19002
At 6:10am on July 18, 2009, carmen bitsy t didier said…
I read an article of yours at a friends house in Oxford mag. on "Writing on Writing". I am now a fan of your crisp and mindful writing. Anything you may need to know about raising chickens, geese, peacocks, guineas, turkeys or ducks, please feel free to ask as I am expert in these matters.
At 9:56am on February 17, 2009, No Depression said…
Hi Grant!

Welcome to the ND community site. If you have a minute will post a short test blog so we can test the RSS feed feature to pull your content to the home page.
 
 
 

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