He was beautiful. There was no way around it. Carved features, like Wild Bill Hickock with breeding, honey tangle of silky hair tumbling down past his shoulders – or restrained by an elastic, tie or leather thong. Those eyes, so piercing, curious, alive: looking not at, but into you, wondering and sizing you up... like all the great carneys do.
You could fall into those eyes. Not like limpid pools, but some kind of fiery diamond. So electric, so alive. Maybe the most alive…Continue
Posted on November 1, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments
Americana – as the big tent pitched by the Americana Music Association – is its own conundrum. Drawing an audience that’s decidedly 30+, it embraces an eclectic group of artists who have massive critical acclaim and yet have yielded no major superstars. Indeed, many of the hallmark artists are over 50; even the younger, break-out artists fail to bring younger fans in mass to the oeuvre.
So how does one weigh its value? In a world of dollars and cents, market shares and…Continue
Posted on June 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments
Working On A Building
Tim Hensley, George Jones, Lilly Pulitzer, Christopher Hanna Ripple On…
I’m at the Rhiga Royale, now called the London. Once upon the time, it was the high, but not most nosebleed expensive rock & roll hotel: a place where Billy Gibbons and I once passed the night talking about heaven only knows, where running a “Regis & Kathie Lee” performance with a young client, Nanci Griffith heard my laugh and ran up to…Continue
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale have been friends so long, making a record seemed almost beside the point. They’ve played in each other’s band, recorded each other’s songs and followed each other from New York to LA to Nashville, and along the way done a fine job carving out the sonic roots and origins of today’s Americana movement.
But time teaches people to honor their core, seek those things that are overtly pleasurable. Thankfully, Buddy…Continue
Posted on March 7, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments