We lost one of the greats last week. Here are two vintage Aretha moments. The first, her movie-stealing appearance in “The Blues Brothers”. The second a 1968 performance of “I Never Loved a Man.” Her impact on music and performance will live on forever.
I previously wrote about my experience seeing Hawkins when he made a rare visit to Boston’s Faneuil Hall. There was nothing, however, like seeing him on his home turf – entertaining crowds on Venice Beach, California. Here’s a short but wonderful taste of what it was like.
The Ted Hawkins story is among the most unique in American music. The Biloxi Mississippi native spent years as a street busker, most notably serenading passers-by on Venice Beach, CA while perched on a milk crate. He was “discovered” several times but never found significant success. His graveled voice and insistent guitar were his calling […]
Boredom is a cruel mistress. She tempts you to do things you know better than to do, and demands silence and negligence when action is needed. Add in the weather-driven, laconic nature of life in the lower Mississippi River basin and it’s a potent mix of attitude. Nobody understands that better than Kevin Gordon. On […]
While this year’s Newport Folk Festival included lots of new acts, it also included those who are dependably brilliant artists for years. Jason Isbell is almost single-handedly elevating country/Americana music to new heights. Sturgill Simpson has brought unabashedly thoughtful country to the discerning listener. Jenny Lewis has a long history of critical acclaim including her […]
At Newport Folk Fest 2018, the lineup included both established artists and up-and-coming artists. The up-and-comers were particularly compelling this year. Brand new artists, those coming together as a new band, and those with a totally new sound. This year’s committee did a great job of finding acts coming into their own and all of […]
Sometimes it’s fun to just get lost in the YouTube rabbit hole. I did so this weekend and stumbled across this incredible pair of videos featuring legendary New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair backed by the Meters (with special cameo by Dr. John). ’cause what better way to start the week with a double dose of […]
Music sometimes does a really good job of building a visual image for the listener. On her debut solo album, Seed & Silo, Rebekah Rolland paints a number of vivid pictures inspired in part by her experience as a National Parks Artist-In-Residence. There’s the pioneering homestead from Willa Cather’s Midwest on Hole In the Earth. […]
Ever had that moment when you discover a musical artist and you’re just hooked? I’ve been listening to talented artists for a long time but when I come across someone new whose amazing music opens my eyes, I immediately go into a phase. When I started “studying” for Newport Folk Fest this year I found lots […]
One of the great things about spending time in Dallas has been the opportunity to see some of the local legends, not the least of which is Denton’s Brent Best. I saw him two weeks ago and he played this tremendous unreleased gem called “Footnote.” What’s not to like about a chorus that goes, “I […]