Four flights in nine years to India, she said,
A bird in a cage in the darkest corner.
(Is the unconscious mind, she meant.)
She found -- at Jack Kerouac's
School of Disembodied Poetics -- the glass
Ceiling of faith and got turned on.
(To the power of songwriting, she meant.)
By the starry plough on High Street near the bay
Her other half, her bittersweet valentine, leaned…
I Was Born
The little boy in shorts hugs the guitar,
a future Ishmael he is, a someday Sal Paradise
Boone-born of Blue Ridge near Doc, his hero.
He dreams of the road, of oncoming trains,
everything sounding like a song,
everyone saying "don't chase such dreams."
The boy reads, he listens, he dreams, he travels
in his mind.
As a man he seeks the clubs and coffeehouses
on the road to the other side of the…
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White Wave Chapel
Brother and sister tell dark tales of trouble, debauchery
In songs that span oceans, rooted in emerald folklore
Older than mountains, from islands to Appalachia.
There is sanctuary here on the edge of the sea.
The waves speak.
On a hillside the ocean whispers far below, but roars
Out among the wind and waves, while here is peace
Like swans kept afloat on liquid silver.
Look! With brass and bone…
Think of Vermont:
Farmhouses, maple trees, syrup amber in jars,
Camembert, brie, jonagold,
Honeycrisp drives through lush green country.
Think of settling down, breathing once more.
But also of sleeve ink, Hank Williams, John Prine,
Of demons haunting a ghost named Waylon Speed,
Stalked through back streets leaving charred filters,
His Grimm breadcrumbs in the harsh…
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By Jim Simpson
Forever known as the lead singer-songwriter of the iconic '80s band Men At Work, Colin Hay has been cranking out solo records for nearly a quarter century. Gathering Mercury is arguably his best work. Tragically, though, the album was inspired and written after the death of Hay's father. "Dear Father" features one of the most poignant and heart-wrenching lyrics on the album: "Dear father I…Continue
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By Jim Simpson
There's nothing quite like a classic high lonesome sound to get straight to the heart of every country and roots music fan, especially when it's done right and with honest emotion. This Austin, TX, four-piece sure got it right.
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Rosanne Cash, firstborn child of country music icon… Continue
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Out of the wilds of Idaho and Alaska, Megan McCormick has settled in Nashville. Her fiery debut, Honest Words, hits you from the opener, “Shiver”, a down-and-dirty song of obsession and addiction, and never lets up. McCormick… Continue
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When asked about his plans for Father's Day, Jim Avett simply said, "Not a thing. There's nothing special about Father's Day as far as I'm concerned. I get the gift of being a daddy every day."
Declan McGarry is obsessed with summertime and being seventeen again. That's what you might think on on the opening "Summer Heat" and subsequent songs like "Seventeen" and "Summers of My Life."
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Legendary alt-country pioneers The Jayhawks will reissue their 1986 self-titled debut (aka The Bunkhouse Album) for the first time ever on CD. Originally released by Bunkhouse Records with a pressing of 2000 vinyl copies, the CDs (and… Continue
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Jim Lauderdale is a musician's musician, an artist's artist, a songwriter's songwriter. In short, he's not a household name. That is unless your household contains music by Elvis Costello (Lauderdale sang all of the harmony vocals on Costello's superb Secret, Profane and… Continue
(Originally published 9/25/09, CountryMusicPride.com)
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