While there are quite a few notable festivals that begin earlier than late April, many of us kick off the festival season by trekking to not your normal community college, the Wilkes Community College in the rolling hills of north central North Carolina where MerleFest has been held every year since 1988. Named in honor of Merle Watson who lived nearby, 2014 marks the second festival since Merle's father, Doc Watson, passed away. And as sorely his…Continue
Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:30am — 5 Comments
Stream the album (Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, ATO Records & Soundcloud)
The 1980s is generally considered to be Dylan's lost decade, when many die hard fans lost faith, and is now in the midst of a revisionist revival. Coming just a week or so after the re-release of the 30th Anniversary Madison Square Garden extravaganza that…Continue
Posted on March 19, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments
It looks as though 2014 will be a year of significant Americana re-issues. On the heels of Lucinda Williams' re-release of her Rough Trade album, Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois will re-issue one of our cornerstones, "Wrecking Ball" on April 8.
While it has never been out of print since its release in 1996, Nonesuch is giving it the premium treatment. Not only will the original album be remastered (what was wrong with the first one?), but a second disc containing alternate…Continue
Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments
"When Lucinda-Cindy, then-was six years old she was putting words together on paper. For a first-grade project she wrote a poem and surrounded it by delightful multicolored designs. The teacher didn’t know where to put it, the only two categories to that point being collections and crafts, so it was placed in a table by itself between two long tables loaded with birds’ nests and bird houses. All these years later, the world still doesn’t quite know what table Lucinda’s work belongs…Continue
Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments
My post on picks for essential albums of the year was completed on the same day as the blogger compilation list was featured and a quick scrolling noted that there were many worthwhile recordings that were absent from all our lists. And many substantial 2013 releases, such as Kim Richey and my own Patty Griffin's Silver Bell and the Motel Mirrors, were included only on a single list.
So, to give some space and credit to…Continue
Posted on December 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments