A feather's not a bird
The rain is not the sea
A stone is not a mountain
But a river runs through me
Rosanne Cash wrote these words before The River & The Thread was conceived, but the rest of the song was apparently waiting for a geographical context before it showed itself.
The context that the chorus found was a trip through the edges of Appalachia, over to the top of the Mississippi Delta, and across the…Continue
Posted on January 22, 2014 at 6:00am
"South is where we're at right now. Who we are is not important. Who we'll be is unknown. America needs Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. They are starving for us and they don't even know it . . . yet." That's band member Tom Wilson summing up his take on South, the new acoustic offering from Canadian root-rockers Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
Wilson's right, at least as far as I'm concerned. I was starving for this record and, until a short time ago, I didn't know it. My…Continue
Posted on December 14, 2013 at 7:30am
Sideshow Love takes all the pretty paper off the gift of love. Or, if we take the carnival metaphor a step further, it's love as the opposite of a roller coaster, the fun part first, hands up in the air, next to someone special, wind in your face, feeling that feeling ... then the ride is over and you hear that chain thing engage and you're being pulled along somewhere you're not sure you want to go with someone you're not so sure you dig so much anymore. And though the chain…Continue
Posted on December 12, 2013 at 5:00am — 2 Comments
"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and besides it annoys the pig." Robert A. Heinlein
Every year about now, I get tempted to engage in some porcine education. From my lofty perch as a sometimes blogger and devoted Americana/Folk fan, I feel the need to explain my music to The Recording Academy voters. It never fails, year after year. The Grammy nominations come out and I think, what the hell were they thinking? How in the world could they have missed that…Continue
Posted on December 7, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments