Unless you're a sexagenarian, you probably weren't there when all these iconic country music performers were strutting their stuff on television in the early fifties. A lot of these images were taken from Grand Ole Opry shows which were shot on 35 mm color film even though they were originally broadcast in black and white because color television had yet to be invented. Shanachie project producer Richard Nevins dug up the color film and assembled the lineup here, and most of the…Continue
Posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:00am
John and Sylvia Embry were purveyors of wild and wooly, screamin' gospel-soaked blues in 1970s Chicago. Delmark Records has resurrected the only album they recorded together, originally called After Work and long out of print, recorded in '79, now retitled Troubles. John Embry passed in '87, Sylvia in '92, but this compilation will keep their presence and influence alive for future generations to marvel at and emulate.
It's still a stunner. John's ability to mimic virtually…Continue
Posted on January 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment
Accordionist Ganey Arsement's roots are deeply embedded in Cajun culture. His great-grandfather André Doucet was as well-known for his accordion playing as he was for his blacksmithing skills. His grandparents were popular dancers who were also instrumental in the founding of the Cajun French Music Association, which in addition to promoting Cajun music and culture, hosts the annual LeCajun Awards, the Cajun Grammys. He's toured with Balfa Toujours and performed with Doug Kershaw…Continue
Posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:30am
This is the best album of Rosanne Cash's career. Powerful, poignant, and intensely personal, The River And The Thread is Cash's musical autobiography, a mystical journey through the South on Highway 61.
If you haven't checked in in with her in awhile, she's no longer the girl who announced that she “Don't wear pajamas and I don't sniff glue” on “What Kinda Girl?” from '81's Seven Year Ache.…Continue
Posted on January 19, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments