One of the standout songs on a recent Red Beet Records sampler was Matt Urmy's Renaissance Rodeo, a big, bold, sweeping song that spoke of a very self-confident writer. The mood on Sweet Lonesome is rather darker, dealing as it does… Continue
Added by John Davy on November 26, 2010 at 8:22am —
Once a month there is a folkmusic pub in Växjö, Sweden. Live music in the smallest pub I know. The stage is half the pub, which makes almost every concert into a play-along when the audience brings out their own instruments. And those that don't play they dance on spot that is 2 x 2 m.
Tonight it's time again with Bålgetingen (a group that plays music solely by the fiddler August Strömberg from Jät in Småland, Sweden) and after that Travelin'… Continue
Yesterday I was walking w/my dogs down Fairfax Ave in West Hollywood when my dog Ranger pulled towards the Chapel doorway of a Church. Lying on the cement steps in the doorway was a man with his coat pulled over his head sleeping. Its been a tough year for many people. Started thinking about what it must have been like for the Plymouth settlers at the first Thanksgiving. They were probably grateful to just to have food. Then I thought about a friend I once had who may have been the most… Continue
Added by Joe Gorfinkle on November 25, 2010 at 10:27am —
It is finally starting to feel like fall around here in South-Central Texas.
We have consistently had temperatures in the 80’s for the better part of a week or two now, and it has been difficult to experience the full effects of the ‘fall’ spirit. If it were not for high school basketball, I would not have even realized the Holiday Season was upon us.
Sounds like inclement weather is sweeping into the entire eastern half of the US today, with more snowy rainy stuff dropping back home in Seattle. Wherever you are today, I hope you have an excellent, safe Thanksgiving! If you're overseas, not celebrating our American holidays, well...you have a good day too! There's never a bad time to reflect on the things for which you're thankful.
Me? I'm thankful for you folks, for continuing to show up here every day,… Continue
With Thanksgiving upon us, I started thinking about how grateful I am for the role music has played in my life. As much as I love film, the visual arts, craft traditions, and the written word, I feel music might be the most spiritually fulfilling of… Continue
HAPPY THANKSGIVING ! As we all prepare our turkey demolition plans, we’re thankful for the WONDERFUL abundance of live music – as members of the audience and when we’re on stage – and we’re thankful for ALL the good things in our lives!
Tied to the Tracks
NOVEMBER 24 to 30,… Continue
After 2 days of workshopping and performing at Idyllwild, the company of Cabaret of Souls returned to Los Angeles for the most theatrical presentation of the work yet, presented by UCLA Live at the lovely Royce Hall.
Check out this list of just some of the great items available for auction:
First day issue stamps of Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead Frankenstein Hand-Signed Lithograph by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, Autographed Monkees Lunch Box, LP Test Pressing for Bon Iver's Debut Album For Emma, Forever Ago, Signed Copy of Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. Tour and MUCH more.… Continue
Now granny she’s yelling
She’s ready to eat
She’s havin’ conniptions
‘Cause they won’t take their seats
But she’s got ‘em all gathered now under one roof
With her camcorder loaded
She’s gonna get proof
But do you have to wear that
Well I just don’t see why
Please pass the potatoesAw eat shit and die
Did you hear… Continue
Total disclosure: I have not heard either of the two albums I will be talking about. I have listened to the singles from the albums and read some reviews from authors and publications I respect, but I haven't heard them myself. And since I'm discussing the concepts and not the content, I really don't think that's necessary.
In 1993, Johnny Cash began recording with producer Rick Rubin. The release of this material created a trend that we are still seeing today. From Neil Diamond to… Continue
Jerry Garcia meant many things to many different people and the pressure took its toll on him. By 1987, he had long outgrown the ‘Captain Trips’ persona that he was saddled with at the height of the psychedelic era, but for the literally millions of fans the Grateful Dead picked up during the last decade of their thirty year run, he often existed as a symbol of 1960’s hedonism and not as an evolving artist and human being. Freshly clean of… Continue
About four or five years ago, my friend Bill invited me to a show at The Ark: a history laden folk/roots music venue in my home state of Michigan. Knowing my taste in music better than most, he guaranteed I would like Jackie Greene, a singer-songwriter out of California that he had already been listening to heavily for the past few months. So even though I had personally never heard of him, I agreed to come along.
A repost from my blog Now This Sound Is Brave: Today, Jennifer shows us how far Glen Hansard has come from And And Fucking And. (I don't have a long memory, I just happen to have re-watched The Commitments recently.)
You may be most familiar with Glen Hansard's voice from his being half of The Swell Season, or perhaps from his appearing in and writing all the music for the movie Once,… Continue
Bastard Lovechild of Rock n' Roll (BLORR) are the humbuckin' pickups on an old reliable Telecaster and the bottleneck sliding up and down the fretboard. But they're also the melancholy chords that take you back to a certain summer in a certain secret garden with a certain someone you lost long ago.
Oh, and this Florida duo of Cookie SugarHips (aka Chris… Continue
J.R. Shore - Talkin’ on a Bus (Self Released, 2010)
Canadian singer/songwriter J.R. Shore brought home a whole lot of the South from his two year sojourn to Nashville. Ironically though, his new music is more redolent of New Orleans and the Tex-Mex border than it is of Music City. The banjo that opens the album gives way to a hearty second-line rhythm, dixieland trombone,… Continue
Just a quick post (and a couple of my favorite vids) in celebration of Justin's upcoming return to the road, as well as his recently announced Seattle and Portland stops in 2011! Color this gal a very happy, swoony Northwesterner.…