The answer to that question is clearly "not enough".
Feeling like Rip Van Winkle, a few weeks ago my kid came into the office and asks if I ever heard the Against Me version of "Wagon Wheel" and I just looked back at him with a dumb look on my face. I'd never heard of either the band or the song and so he played the Butch Vig-produced track for me. Halfway through I looked up and said "hey dude...this is a Dylan thing" and he corrected me.
Michael Franti and Spearhead – The Sound of Sunshine
By Douglas Heselgrave
Michael Franti has always been a great musical force and a dynamic performer, capable of moving and inspiring an audience in a way that few other artists can. ‘The Sound of Sunshine’ comes out at a time when interest in Michael Franti and Spearhead is at an all time high. After more than twenty years of almost ceaseless touring and recording,… Continue
Confused yet? What am I doing discussing two pop singers on No Depression, especially alongside the great Rosanne Cash? The answer will reveal itself shortly, but first allow me to bring in yet another genre and ask a question posed in 1975 by the band War: "why can't we be friends"? I'm referring to the world of Americana/alt. country/whatever and the world of mainstream Nashville "country". Sure, most of what Nashville releases these days is pure pop crap, but do the two not intersect… Continue
Teaching music to university students is a constant reminder of how unhip I am. I ask them at the beginning of every year to tell me who they’re listening to these days, and I don’t know half of the artists mentioned. They have to spell out names as I write on the board: “K-A-T-Y [space] P-E-R-R-Y.”
So it was with great unhipness that I anticipated tonight’s mainstage show, assuming that the lead singer of Stars was Emily Haines, who I had recently seen perform on the Junos and… Continue
As most of you know I lucked into being in Texas around the fourth for business travel, so I extended my stay and drove down to Austin for the infamous Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic. I wasn't sure what to expect, since this was business travel I would… Continue
Folk singer Utah Green will release her debut album, ForTune, on August 3rd through the Royal Potato Family. Utah is a story-telling traveler, a mystic beatnik, and sings in a heartwarming voice over toe-tapping rhythms of acoustic guitar and banjo, crafting music that calls back to classic Americana and sounds like it was created around a campfire in the Appalachian mountains.
Tony Palmer's 1972 European tour film finally available to consumers in August. Watch a preview clip, below.
MVD Visual is bringing a rare concert film to DVD on August 31. Originally made in 1972 and directed by celebrated British filmmaker Tony Palmer, "Bird On A Wire" follows Leonard Cohen on his 1972 European tour and contains 17 classic performances, 4 poems and tour footage. As part of the deal, the digipak includes a reproduction of the '72 film poster,… Continue
Added by Craig Young on July 22, 2010 at 12:52pm —
The other day I heard that Tower Records founder Russ Solomon had finally decided to retire at age eighty-four. After the chain he founded in 1960 was liquidated back in late 2006, he had been running the R5 record shop in Sacramento at one of his former locations. Last May he decided to throw in the towel and sold it off to Dimples Records whose owners threw Russ a retirement party on July 17.
If I was a real writer or journalist I'd… Continue
It's past the half way point of 2010 so it's about time I review four of my favorite albums of the past six months. Some were released recently, some in the spring. They're all good for summer listening.
Kevin Welch "A Patch of Blue Sky" (Music Road)
That Kevin Welch isn't a household name is a crime for fans of finely wrought, soul-searching, and soul-touching songs. Welch has been writing for more than… Continue
Added by Jim Morrison on July 22, 2010 at 9:00am —
Kelley Ryan: "She tastes like summer in the dark."
I fell for Kelley Ryan when she sang those lyrics in her opening number "About a Girl" on the March 28 Mountain Stage show. But I was predisposed because even though I had never heard her before, I knew her set would be something special as Don Dixon & Marti Jones were also on the stage backing her up. And as a side note, I have to be the only person on the planet who knows Dixon… Continue
Added by Amos Perrine on July 22, 2010 at 8:52am —
In the scheme of things there are two streams in American music today: one is pre-packaged, based on business, profit, personality and corporate power structures. It thrives on competition and profit.
The second stream naturally flows through the creative awareness of everyday magic-art through ordinary times created into something extraordinary. It thrives on community. It’s you and… Continue
For the past 15 years Nick 13 has been following the artistic vision of a contemporary punk rocker while at the same time staying true to the rockabilly music that he loves as the leader of the band Tiger Army. Now Nick has shifted his focus to another genre and is recording a solo project in that vein. His official biography says that this solo work is partly inspired by his love of the country music of the '30s through the '60s, although he is quick to point out that he is doing more than… Continue
Country and blues music has always mined the life’s mundane moments and extracted nuggets of domestic mythology shimmering with love, lust, booze, blood, tears, asphalt and diesel fuel. With these elements masters like Hank Williams Sr., Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan – and latter day troubadours like Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and Chris Knight – transcend whatever genre they are bridled with and forge minor pedestrian… Continue
The names may sound familiar: This group is a combination of Mr. Everything, Keller Williams, along with flatpick whiz Larry keel and his wife Jenny. I'm guessing that they met at a jam festival somewhere, because that's where they seem to be getting booked now.
The amusing title Thief is in reference to the fact… Continue
Depending on what you read, it may seem like things are getting better in the Gulf of Mexico. Well, better is far from good, or even acceptable, and while BP says they are containing the gusher, they haven’t exactly proven themselves to be… Continue
James McMurtry is surly, grumpy, and intense, which is why I love him and his music. He played to a criminally small crowd at Lee's Palace last Tuesday, July 13. When I arrived there were about 60 people in the audience, and by show time there were maybe 100 people. Not a great turnout for a place with a capacity of 500. Although there was a lot happening in Toronto that night, including an Old Crow Medicine Show gig at the Phoenix, which may have… Continue
My family moved to Central Florida from southeast Long Island when I was two. For all intents and purposes, I grew up in a small "southern" town nestled somewhere between Daytona Beach and Orlando. I use the quotation marks around "southern," because non-Floridian southerners laugh at the inclusion of the Sunshine State with "The South." I, however, would be hard pressed to imagine anything more southern than a small town hub surrounded by fern farms. A healthy portion… Continue
All eyes are on Robert Plant when he steps on stage - especially his band's. If you're going to play with the rock 'n' roll icon, you've got to be ready to follow. "When you're working with Robert you can only rehearse so much and then it doesn't matter anymore because you have to have your eyes glued on him the entire night," guitarist Buddy Miller said in an interview with his tour bandmate, singer-songwriter and guitarist Patty Griffin. "No matter what the… Continue
Added by Craig Young on July 20, 2010 at 2:30pm —