It is always an event when Rodney Crowell returns to his hometown of Houston, Texas. While his songwriting and performances have taken him at times to the top of the music world, he has never forgotten where he came from.
Over the years, Rodney has written many songs with references to his childhood stomping grounds of East Houston. "Telephone Road", "Wandering Boy", "Rock of My Soul", "Ain't Living Long Like This" and "Highway 17" are standouts.
Colorado’s in the deep freeze on the last day of January, but the nice folks at Planet Bluegrass warmed our souls today. They announced part of the lineup for the three-day Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado this August.
The girlishness in Kate Jacobs’ voice has always been perplexing. She sounds relaxed navigating the bossa-nova of “On My Monitor,” gliding along Astrud Gilberto-cool as she recounts the news of a young girl’s abduction; the everydayness of her delivery underlines the bland reaction one develops to the incessant nature… Continue
Greg, Tim, Bob and I had a great time at Excelsior's 318. What a gem of a spot for music. The -10F didn't scare anybody off. Of course not-it's Minnesota in January. SRO is always better. Thanks everybody-I coulda played Magnolia all night long.
Alright...up until Saturday night I'd never heard of this dude. The wife and I were in a recreation center in the northern reaches of San Diego County with a couple hundred left-leaning, old hippie and now totally gray haired "progressives" or as they used to be known...liberals. An annual event that is a salute and quasi-award show to the local newspaper's letters to the editors, this anti-everything-on-the-right group took a musical break with a guy and his…
A confession: this is the first time I've really listened to new Over the Rhine material in over a decade. When I first heard OtR, they were a four-piece (with Ric Hordinski on guitar and Brian Kelley on drums), Linford Detweiler had long hair, Karin Berquist was shy and Karin and Linford were not yet married. My ex and I were going to a show to see the… Continue
KAREN DALTON – THE GENIUS OF FEELING by Frank Carney
Nicholas Hill is a man we should be doubly grateful to. He is the hero in the rediscovery of a great lost singer, and in the process helped inspire a notable contemporary country performer. In the early 1980s he became interested in Karen Dalton, a forgotten 60s Greenwich Village troubadour, and managed to track down several copies of her two albums in second-hand vinyl shops. One of these he gave to Lucinda… Continue
About a year ago, after a long night of art-walk busking with my lady-folk trio the Vintners Daughters, we found ourselves looking for refreshment with some friends in the form of a downtown Eureka, California bar. The ever popular Shanty was…
Shawn Mullins Light You Up Vanguard Records 78133-2
***** AH Good time Rocking West Coast Country at its finest.
My lack of a Degree in American Music History has let me down again, because I had no idea who Shawn Mullins was until I began researching him for this album review. He has been nominated for a Grammy and had a Platinum selling album yet I’d never heard of him even though this is his 16th album in 20 years!
I'll warn you from the outset that this post is slightly off-topic. None of the artists featured herein would normally be found on No Depression and wouldn't be even if these versions of their songs were legit. Still, through the magic of Twitter I recently (meaning 20 minutes ago) discovered a guy named Andy Rehfeldt who as a hobby (career?) turns today's pop songs into something slightly heavier while also turning edgier material into something safe for the Radio Disney…
Todd Snider's Live: The Storyteller(Aimless Records 2/1/11) delivers a double disc dose of folk music that matters. Todd has the rare ability to share a story in a song with both a liberal twist and a touch of humor. He disarms the audience with his self-deprecating "Eighteen Minutes Speech" when he declares: "I might share some of my opinions with you over the course of the evening, I'm not gonna…
When you think of Kentucky, you immediately think of Bill Monroe and Loretta Lynn. As well you should. But, you could not tell that from the SRO crowd at Natasha's downtown bistro and performance space in Lexington on Saturday night when Nellie took the stage in gold lamé and cowboy boots as the band played "Purple Haze." When she stopped twisting and turning and sang, "'Cuse me while I kiss the sky" the…
Playlist for Across The Great Divide
January 29, 2011
KPFA 94.1 & KPFB 89.3 Berkeley http://www.kpfa.org
KFCF 88.1 Fresno http://www.kfcf.org
1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Kevin Vance, substitute host & producer
Whenever I want to make sure I'm keeping up with the best new bands in Seattle I turn to Abbey Simmons and her popular Sound on the Sound blog. She's always got her ear to the ground and is often among the first to champion talented up and comers in town. She was instrumental in breaking The Head and the Heart, who have become Seattle's…
Blame it on poor planning and the tyranny of the storage unit. Undue optimism. The boxes of unread books I might wish to plunder during these months of exile, awaiting completion of the house into which they will be unpacked, those boxes lurk somewhere in an over-filled storage unit and cannot be retrieved.
And so upstairs at the family store to shelves where advance readers copies sit, pawed over again and again until desperate eyes lit on Wesley Stace’s third novel,…