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Ken Carter commented on Kim Ruehl's blog post 'Merlefest 2011 gets going'
"kim, i think you will also enjoy the album hour; thanks for this report."
Apr 30, 2011
Ken Carter commented on Holly Gleason's blog post 'Band of Joy with North Mississippi All-Stars: Shudderingly Revelatory at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium'
"thank you for this review.  it expressed much of what i felt when i caught their show in charlotte on feb 7. i was overcome by the sheer sense of joy throughout the set, plant's delight in finding himself in this "reincarnation",…"
Feb 11, 2011
Ken Carter posted a blog post

the life you save may be your own

I have just concluded reading Paul Elie's The Life You Save May Be Your Own. Subtitled "An American Pilgrimage", it was published in 2003, and so is not a new release, and yet for some reason I have only come upon it recently. Elie chronicles the lives of four distinctively American (and Catholic) writers: Thomas Merton, Flannery O' Connor, Dorothy Day and Walker Percy. The lens through which he reads the lives of each is that of pilgrimage, which is understood to be the journey from second…See More
Nov 27, 2010
Ken Carter commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"I also saw Spyboy with Emmylou, and echo what Neil has said. And this connects with Wrecking Ball, where Emmylou thanks Daniel Lanois who "gave her the roadmap". Since writing this blog post I have been listening more to the Spyboy live…"
Nov 12, 2010
Neil Taylor commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"Spyboy is one of the best bands in history. I saw her with them in 2003 at Hardly Strictly and it was incredible. Buddy Miller and the Blade brothers were doing things with sound that were absolutely amazing. Playing the bass like a drum, electric…"
Nov 12, 2010
Graham Newton commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"I find this a very interesting discussion. I am not a country music fan and I went round to a friend of mine. He searched through his extensive collection muttering country (no please) and Neil Young (interested) and came up with wrecking ball. Wow!…"
Nov 6, 2010
Ken Carter commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"yes, i was referring to "all my tears""
Nov 5, 2010
Bruce Hobbs commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"I don't see a track titled "It Don't Matter" on my copy of the album. Perhaps you meant "All My Tears"?"
Nov 5, 2010
Ken Carter replied to declan culliton's discussion 'Cover versions that work spectacularly'
"Steve Earle, I'm Looking Through You Leon Russell and Joe Cocker, Girl From The North Country The Band, Baby Don't Do It Johnny Cash, Hurt"
Nov 3, 2010
Laura Birdsong commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"Thanks for this article. "Wrecking Ball" may be the seminal albums to illustrate the modernization of the genre. Although I've been following Emmylou since her early days in DC, I was turned onto "Wrecking Ball" by someone…"
Nov 2, 2010
Arlene commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"One of my favorite albums of all times. To clarify a few things mentioned in comments above: First, Buddy Miller did not play on the Wrecking Ball album-- he didn't audition for Emmylou Harris, and her band, Spyboy, wasn't formed until…"
Nov 2, 2010
Rick Gray commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"Great review of Wrecking Ball! It is my favorite Emmylou album."
Nov 2, 2010
Ken Carter commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"thanks for the comments and the community of those who love emmylou's music. i also really like pieces of the sky and angel band as well, but still want to say that wrecking ball was and is a piece of music that took the tradition to a new…"
Nov 2, 2010
Will James commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"BTW, has anyone written about how religious this album is? It is the most religious with a small "r" album I've ever heard (sometimes even a large "R"). Her voice, the choices, the production all add to this, from…"
Oct 31, 2010
steviedal commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"I wouldn't exactly call it visionary , just different from her usual style . Good album though ."
Oct 30, 2010
Bill Kuhn commented on Ken Carter's blog post 'what "wrecking ball" meant and means'
"It is remarkable work. Harris has always been great at picking songs; she outdoes herself on this one. I remember seeing her supporting the tour and she covered a Mike Ness/Social Distortion song ("Making Believe"). I was puzzled for a…"
Oct 30, 2010

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the life you save may be your own

I have just concluded reading Paul Elie's The Life You Save May Be Your Own. Subtitled "An American Pilgrimage", it was published in 2003, and so is not a new release, and yet for some reason I have only come upon it recently. Elie chronicles the lives of four distinctively American (and Catholic) writers: Thomas Merton, Flannery O' Connor, Dorothy Day and Walker Percy. The lens through which he reads the lives of each is that of pilgrimage, which is understood to be the journey from… Continue

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 11:23am

what "wrecking ball" meant and means

Lately I have been spending time listening to Wrecking Ball, the 1995 cd by Emmylou Harris. I had been a fan of hers from the Gram Parsons albums, and can remember buying the Pieces of the Sky album, which still has a purity and clarity that is not diminished in any way. In contrast, Wrecking Ball was something of a transition; it was an foray into electronic rock music, with the producer Daniel Lanois (U2), and for that reason it must have been a risk (I recall seeing her… Continue

Posted on October 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — 19 Comments

traditioned innovation: patty griffin and robert randolph

My piece on the music of Patty Griffin and Robert Randolph at Faith and Leadership, a website hosted by Duke University Divinity School, in which I explore the spiritual themes and their uses of our religious past in the present: http://www.faithandleadership.com/blog/08-24-2010/ken-carter-traditioned-innovation-roots-music.

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:08pm

why the bp gulf ecological debacle was inevitable, or why i sing the blues

1. The Gulf region encompasses several of the poorest states in our nation, and thus ones that are economically at risk from outside commerce that cares little for its citizens (identified by the chair of BP as the "small people").



2. The Gulf region is at some geographical distance from centers of political (Washington, D.C.) and financial (New York City) power, and thus its health and well-being can be ignored. One insidious outcome of the disaster is that professionals in each of… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 6:54pm

merlefest: a highly subjective appreciation

I made the annual pilgrimage to Merlefest with three friends and my daughter, who lives and works in Beijing. She must have won the award for having come the greatest distance. It turned out that Saturday fit best into our schedules, and so we arrived at about 2:00 in the afternoon. Tony Rice was finishing up his set, and then we wandered first to catch a part of a concert by the Greencards (including the title piece from their Fascination), then a little Peter Rowan ("It Takes a Worried… Continue

Posted on May 2, 2010 at 4:04pm — 3 Comments

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Hi Ken - Welcome to the new community site and thanks for the blog post. Keep em coming! We hope you're finding everything okay. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback (here are some FAQs in case anything's confusing). Thanks for joining. Cheers!
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