One dilemma I face as a songwriter is balancing authenticity and the sensibilities of the listener, my community of musicians, or even my friends and family. I have a lot to say that doesn’t get said through my songs out […]
Robert Lee Castleman’s “The Lucky One” (on Alison Krauss and Union Station’s “New Favorite”) won him the Grammy for Best Country Song. But the song that captured my attention when I first gave the album a listen was “Let Me […]
In a world where competency is increasingly underapreciated, James McMurtry toils. There’s no risk of him changing the way we look at song or influencing generations to come, but he’s flat good at his craft. And, yes, there’s straight craft […]
Darling Corey’s everything you want in a folk song: an interesting story, a sing-along chorus and a moral. Like Sophocles or Faulkner, the disaster is coming, irrespective of all efforts. Our shortcomings will be our ruin. But in the meantime, […]
Even those of you familiar with Werewolves or Lawyers, may not be familiar with this Zevon masterpiece: Desperados Under the Eaves. The latter bookend to the self-titled Warren Zevon opener, Frank and Jesse James, it borrows both chordal and thematic […]
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