On Thursday, May 8, Dan Bern - resplendent in a circa-1979 Pittsburgh Pirates cap, with 75 of his best friends - turned up the heat at Club Cafe on the hottest night that Pittsburgh has enjoyed since last fall. There's a set list, scrawled in purple ink on the back of discarded credit card receipts. But rather than tell you about the songs, I'm going to describe how it felt to watch the peripatetic troubajoyeur spin his silky tales and elicit lusty sing-a-longs.
Doug Kwartler is a contemporary singer-songwriter with passion, inspiring lyrics, driving rhythms, and memorable melodies that make one sit up and listen. He’s got the energy of a rocker but the ability to draw in his audience with his elegant quiet tunes as well. Doug has been chosen as one of 24 Emerging Artists at this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, New York. He’ll be hitting the…Continue
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FTB podcast #205 features the first time collaboration between EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL called Old Yellow Moon. Also new music from REBECCA PRONSKY, WOODY PINES and SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY.
Here's the direct link to listen now!
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Texas is home to some great songwriters. Brian Kalinec may not be a household name outside of Texas but he’s definitely worth a listen or two or three or more. Brian’s heartfelt lyrics and impeccable playing and production are testament to the hard work that he has given to his craft. Songwriting awards are accumulating on his resume as more and more people come to appreciate his gift for words and music. These are songs that stick to your soul and refuse to budge.
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Exactly What do you Want Me to Be?
In the liner notes to "Mermaid Avenue - The Complete Sessions," Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora describes her response to first reading the lyrics to the many songs her folk-icon father had written yet never released in the 1940s and 1950s. “I had just discovered that my father had a bad crush on Ingrid Bergman and dreamed of getting her pregnant, that he was a proud lush and a comfortable luster, that…Continue
You’ll remember I wrote a couple of months ago about working on a record with the talented young Italian violinist Chiara Giacobbe, formerly of the band Lowlands. Well, the record she made – generally with me just scratching my balls on the studio sofa – is now ready to go. In fact, it’s actually called Ready To Go! How’s that for happenstance?
UK readers will be delighted to know that she’s lined up a handful…Continue
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by Terry Roland--In Memory of Doris Madeline Roland-Hutson Oct. 9, 1921-May 31, 2012
It's been 100 years since Woody Guthrie took his first breath of Oklahoma air. Although he died more than 45 years ago, Woody is more alive today than many people still walking around the planet. He was one of the first artists to teach me about roots in music and life. He brought my mother…
First published on OurStage, an MTV/CMT Partner
Talking to Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of Arlo and granddaughter of Woody, you’d never know she is folk music royalty. Even though her relatives have created some of the most enduring songs in the American music catalog—everything from “This Land is Your Land” (written by Woody…Continue
Before the Occupy Wall Street movement woke Americans back up to the opportunity of protest...
Before the Civil Rights movement, anti-war demonstrations, and the counterculture revolution…
Before Bruce Springsteen or Steve Earle, before punk rock, before Bob Dylan, and even before Pete Seeger…
There was Woody Guthrie.
Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was as Bruce Springsteen once said, “an average guy with a slightly above average gift”. Born in…Continue
Santa Rosa, CA, June 6, 2012 –
For over five years, a young Ramblin’ Jack Elliott stuck to Woody Guthrie like rust on a boxcar, becoming so proficient at his style that America’s most famous ballad writer remarked, “Jack sounds more like me than I do.” (He would soon teach Woody’s tricks to a young Bob Dylan.) Fast forward to July 29th, 2012: Ramblin’ Jack, having forged a unique legacy of his own, takes the stage at This Train: A Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Jubilee - a…Continue
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I'll just admit that when I read the track listing for "Americana," the first CD by Neil Young and Crazy Horse in 9 years, I sighed.
Yes, I wanted to hear new music from Young but gees, do we really need another cover of American folk classics such as "Oh Susanna," and "This Land is Your Land?" A few bars into the first track on the album, I would have answered with a heartfelt affirmative that only deepened as I heard more of these beautifully re-crafted songs.
Woody Guthrie would have been 100 years old this year, and there was a BIG old party for him last night at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Because it was Los Angeles, we dealt with the usual trifecta of traffic, long lines and confused box office workers, so we were late to the show, but were in good company as Steve Earle and Tim Robbins straggled in with us too, and seemed just as excited to get in. I learned a lot about Woody Guthrie from my friend, Tom Morello, so was most excited to see…Continue
This Land Is Your Land
Jimmy LaFave + Eliza Gilkyson’s Woody Guthrie Dream
Nora Guthrie’s father would’ve been 100 years old this year, yet somehow the music he left behind remains timeless and timely. It’s a notion she savored at the Prelude Music: Woody Guthrie Tribute – which served to warm-up the audience for Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address at the 2012 SXSW – telling the crowd, "These days are exciting times … My Dad would’ve loved to been here for this. This is a very…Continue
If you came expecting a big thrown down screed about empowerment, activism and the state of the world today, Bruce Springsteen – lean in a dark shirt, sleeves rolled to the elbows and black jeans – disappointed. It was not a talk of rabble-rousing state of the nation that he strode onstage to deliver.
Instead, with the tiniest bit of soul patch quivering, he came to give witness to the power of music: to capture imaginations, channel hormones, inspire quests, ask questions and mostly,…Continue
Because Woody Guthrie never got to make his own music video of "So Long It's Been Good to Know You," singer Rob Tepper helps us imagine what one might look like. Tepper is an actor who does a one-man show portraying Woody Guthrie. He appears in the short film Been Good To Know Yuh – a Woody Guthrie Story. Check out his performance of Guthrie's song:
Guthrie originally called the…Continue
By 1942 he’d been…
It’s more than ironic that no sooner does this album appear then Sam Llanas, one of the BoDean’s two stalwarts (along with Kurt Neumann), announces his departure. While the duo has never really repeated their early chart success -- or had a hit single that comes close to the heights hit by “Closer To Free” – they’ve remained as vibrant as ever, as Indigo Dreams, their latest effort easily and eagerly attests. The band’s blue…Continue
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Bragg talks music and politics and performs a few tunes including a slowed-down minor-key version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home." A good portion of the interview focuses on the…Continue
This is a post about my kickstarter project the Tremolo Train Tour
“All aboard! “ How many times has this familiar cry beckoned travelers ? It marks the beginning of an adventure by rail ,seeing new places, meeting new people, exploring the vast open spaces of America. What better way for a Belgian…Continue
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10 American songs to celebrate Independence day.
The Fightin' Side of Me by Merle Haggard "If you don't love it leave it."
"The Ballad of Ira Hayes" by Townes Van Zandt