I have loved music since hearing Elvis singing about a hound dog. Grew up with The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Little Feat. Lived in America for years before returning to Europe. Result is a brainful of bluegrass, country, blues, jazz, rembetika, zydeco, rock, soul, world and hip hop. And I like classical and opera, too. Come follow me on Twitter @musicJJMG
One for the joys of rummaging through record bins – vinyl, that is – is that you come across things you have never heard of and would probably not find easily on CD or MP3. Welcome to the world of […]
Andy “Thunderclap” Newman died on March 30, aged 73. When I mentioned this to my colleagues at work, there was a universal “Who?”. Not what a musician would want, but Newman would probably have been delighted when, after I played […]
A is for “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” a jazz classic partly written by a Madagascan royal; G is for “Greenville,” a Lucinda Williams country putdown redolent of 20th-century Russian Acmeist poetry. Veteran music producer and author Joe Boyd is nothing if not eclectic in “Joe […]
I was working in Greece recently — nothing to do with music, I was focused more on their pain and their miserable economic crisis. But I am a fan of Greek music, stretching back to the four and a half years […]
For a while on May Day – a celebration of workers’ rights in much of the world – one of the top trending topics on Twitter was #CountryMusicin5Words. Quite where it came from or what prompted it is a mystery, […]
On my recent trip to Washington DC , I came across a photograph of Marian Anderson, which I reprint here. Anderson was a celebrated African-American contralto who sang mainly opera but also some spirituals and traditional American songs. She lived from 1898 to […]
Imagine my delight during a recent U.S visit to be given a complete set of trading cards dedicated to the “Pioneers of Country Music”. Then add the joy of discovering that they were drawn by the great counter-culture illustrator R. Crumb. First, the […]
On a working trip to Greece, I stumbled on a small museum in a corner of Athens’ historic Plaka district that shows there is more to Greek music than “Zorba’s Dance” and “Never on Sunday.” In fact, the Museum of […]
Nashville singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters’ new album Blackbirds is out early in the year, but I am not going to review it as a whole. Suffice it to say that it is good and that parts of it were redolent of Leonard […]
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