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Matt Shedd is freelance writer and featured contributor here at No Depresson. Matt also started A Missing America: The Unauthorized American Arts and Culture Authority –an ongoing project tracing buried histories linking American film, music, literature, and other cultural artifacts. He has also published on Elvis in Chitrolekha International Magazine of Arts and Design  and has a forthcoming article on Bob Dylan’s contemporary work to be featured in Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. Matt received his MA in English at the University of Oregon and also teaches college composition.

 

Contact Matt Shedd via matthewpaulshedd@gmail.com

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Charlie Parker Sketches: 3. Embraceable You, Irreplaceable You

Charlie Parker recorded his completely unique take on George and Ira Gershwin’s Embraceable You for Dial on October 28, 1947. Returned to New York after 16 month haze in California,…

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Posted on January 10, 2012 at 4:00pm

Charlie Parker Sketches: 2. Charlie Parker is American Roots Music

Charlie Parker is the eternal now that dries metaphysics into dust. Careening between elation and nothing-at-all, a virile intoxication, a force of nature with gold streaming through…

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Posted on December 24, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Still Looking for the Wind: Nashville's Arthur Alligood Starting Down the National Circuit

A well-written song caught on record always sounds effortless. Before the final product is presented though, like any craft, it’s usually nothing but damn hard work.  Arthur Alligood’s songs convey this sense of ease about writing and…

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Posted on July 13, 2011 at 6:30pm

"Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and Hank Williams's Early Death

 

At age 26, less than three years before dying, Hank…

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Posted on May 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

One of the Roomful Who Built the Recording Industry: John Hammond

John Hammond was one of the early connoisseurs of black music. A visionary who recorded, produced, scouted, and was one of the undisputed giants who shaped 20th century music history. A man who could set you up to be king… Continue

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 1:30am

Modernity, Roots Music, and a Place Called Moonsville

"The musicians in Moonsville Collective know their songs are always coming up through the landscape--the tradition. They negotiate their way through the ghosts of American history. That struggle we all feel fighting against the…

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Posted on May 6, 2011 at 6:00am

Review of Nick Tosches: Jerry Lee's Dionysian HELLFIRE and the Raunchy History of COUNTRY

BOOK REVIEWS: Tosches, Nick. Hellfire. New York: Grove, 1982. and Tosches's Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock 'n' Roll. New York: Da Capo, 1984. 

If you are interested in the history of American…

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Posted on May 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Bob Dylan, the Devil, and Tom Waits

 

by Matt Shedd

In his…

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Posted on April 26, 2011 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

Bob Dylan's Death and Rebirth: "Lovesick" and TIME OUT OF MIND

By Matt Shedd 

In 1997 Bob Dylan brought his career back to life with Time out of Mind, an album devoted to…

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Posted on April 22, 2011 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

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Lucky Mud commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"Sinatra's easy. You said something about him, somebody broke your legs. There was a Vegas routine about a comic who said Frank Sinatra saved his life. The comedian said two guys were beating him up in an alley, then Sinatra came by and said,…"
Mar 4, 2012
John Apice commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"What is really incredible is how a comedian like Murphy "feels safe" performing such an Elvis routine AFTER Elvis has already died. I don't recall many people poking comic fun at Elvis when he was still alive. No one did it to…"
Mar 3, 2012
Matt Shedd commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"And very well put."
Feb 19, 2012
Matt Shedd commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"@Lucky Mud: hahahahahaha. That's some funny shit, man. "
Feb 19, 2012
Lucky Mud commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"Watching this is a little like imagining Ron White doing a parody of Notorious B.I.G.      My opinion.     Mike"
Feb 19, 2012
Matt Shedd commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"Jesusinator...there you go! I'll have to think of a tagline.If you guys are interested the comment section for this post on my own blog started out pretty  intense and turned out to be pretty interesting and very positive. I'm proud…"
Feb 18, 2012
Michael Helwig commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"hahahaha...have Arnold play The Jesusanator?...hey Rev, you ever figure out the lyrics to Wreck Of The Old 97?"
Feb 18, 2012
Matt Shedd commented on Rev. Eryk Pruitt's blog post 'Upon Meeting T-Model Ford'
"Wow! This is excellent.  I've been wanting to do a similar pilgrimage for years. Some day. Thanks for this.  "
Feb 17, 2012
Matt Shedd commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"@Michael: You should pitch that idea to the director of your choice. I would see that film. "
Feb 17, 2012
Matt Shedd commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"Thank you so much, Rev.! That makes my day! I'm realizing feedback like that is what keeps me writing. I  sincerely appreciate the compliment. "
Feb 17, 2012
Rev. Eryk Pruitt commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"I immediately bought "Tomorrow Night" by Elvis after reading this post and listening to your track.  Great post, great music, I've thought about it all day!"
Feb 17, 2012
Michael Helwig commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"I can just picture Jesus wiping out a Starbucks"
Feb 17, 2012
Matt Shedd commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"Hey, thanks Michael! Much appreciated. And I agree with your comment. It would be much funnier to see Murphy lampooning the rampant homophobia very alive and well in parts of our society. I withdrew membership from a church because of the raging…"
Feb 17, 2012
Michael Helwig commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"I've never been a big Murphy fan, but he did have his moments...that said, making fun of fat Elvis is cheap and easy...even I can do it...I'd be more entertained if he made fun of these hair-brained lunatics the Republican party has…"
Feb 17, 2012
Matt Shedd commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"Good point, Hal.  Seems like some misguided aggression to me."
Feb 13, 2012
Hal Bogerd commented on Matt Shedd's blog post 'Elvis and Eddie Murphy: The Sacred and The Shameful'
"Elvis never got stopped by the police for picking up a transvestite hooker. Makes you wonder about those angry gay jokes."
Feb 13, 2012

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At 4:11am on April 28, 2011, Scott Warmuth said…

You explore some interesting ideas in your post and the mistakes were minor. They jumped out at me in that I am very, very familiar with Chronicles: Volume One, having done extensive research on the book.  Last year I wrote an essay for New Haven Review on how Dylan's memoir is written in code from cover to cover. You might find of interest, it is at http://newhavenreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/NHR-006-Warmuth.pdf 

I explore other hidden elements in Dylan's work on my blog at http://swarmuth.blogspot.com/. Recently I took a look at Dylan's apparent use of the writing of Henry Rollins in a five part series of posts.

One very interesting mention of the devil in Chronicles: Volume One is the very last sentence. Dylan writes about leaving the folk music scene, which had been like a paradise, and entering the strange world ahead. He closes his memoir with, "One thing for sure, not only was it not run by God, but it wasn't run by the devil either."

At 4:19am on April 27, 2011, Steve Hatch said…

Hi Matt

      As a featured contributor to No Depression, I’m particularly keen on getting your feedback for the following – Please forgive the intrusion if you don’t have the time or inclination to reply.

 

      I’ve posted the following to the No Depression discussion board – you can either respond there or alternatively drop me a line at shatchsurvey1@yahoo.co.uk

 

Thanks very much for your time

Kind regards,

Steve

 

 

 

My name is Steve Hatch and I’m currently conducting research for my Master’s in Songwriting at Bath Spa University in Bath, England (though I happen to be an ex-pat Georgia boy).  I would be extremely grateful if you could find the time to listen to the track (link below) and answer the 2 accompanying questions.  The more detail, the better of course (more to say in my final analysis) – but all feedback will be useful and very much appreciated.

 

Sadly, as this is an academic pursuit, there is a deadline.  Please reply by May 20th if at all possible so that I can have time to chew over your response and include it in my final write-up.

 

            The track: http://soundcloud.com/stevehatch

 

1)     Which artist/band(s) would you say the track is most similar to and why?

 

2)     Which genre(s) would you say the track belongs to and why?

At 7:01pm on April 17, 2011, Tamara Colonna Grigsby said…

Hey Matt,

 

You can go to tamaracolonna.com for more music.  I'm also on Reverbnation and American Song Space.  

 

Tamara

At 4:29am on March 31, 2011, Hector Calavera said…

Thanks, Matt! Keep those articles coming. I'm about to drop some Jorma music onto my page..check it out.

 

Lowell

At 1:49pm on March 30, 2011, Dave Hardy said…
You are welcome. Today I gave a friend some CDs with songs by Jimmie Rodgers, the Skillet Lickers & the Texas Playboys. Spreading the word one listener at a time...
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