“My poor, poor body; my poor, poor soul. Regret rules my life now that I’m old.” So goes the beginning of the chorus of About A Dying Father, on the new release from Silas Lowe; Wandering Father, Forgotten Son. In sort of a tribute to Lowe’s father, a 60’s musician who left the family when Silas […]
Good Old Wind, Kingsley Flood (from the self-released Another Other) There’s been a recent trend of artists producing EPs rather than full-length LPs. The economics make sense, certainly for independent artists, in the context of the continuously evolving music industry. I also appreciate the possibility of getting more frequent, albeit shorter, releases from my favorite […]
Alejandro Escovedo (rock band edition) just passed through Boston for a post-Thanksgiving extravaganza. In the midst of an otherwise rocking set that leaned heavily on the just-released Burn Something Beautiful, Escovedo took a solemn moment to reflect on the many musicians that we’ve lost this year. He celebrated their memory with a moving version of […]
Monroe, Ian Fitzgerald (from the self-released You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone) For many a year Fitzgerald has plied his trade as a folk singer, a troubadour with an acoustic guitar. Over that time he has earned the respect of fellow musicians, always a good indicator that an artist warrants attention. Let’s give credit where […]
Apparently this is what happens when you invite an artist into a bookstore. Grant-Lee Phillips brought his guitar to Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough, NC and songs ensued. Here he performs “Cry, Cry,” his moving tale of the Native American Trail of Tears. The song can be found on The Narrows, his latest release.
A few years ago I opined The Sadies were the best rock and roll band coming out of Canada. Like Canadian pathfinders, The Band, they adhere to a storyline that’s about seizing opportunity. Some days it’s collaborating with stellar musicians like Neko Case, Jon Langford, or John Doe. Other days it’s about brothers Travis and Dallas Good […]
Over the past few years there’s been a rush of overdue attention paid to the studio musicians responsible for some of the finest music of the rock and roll era. The Swampers in Muscle Schoals. The Wrecking Crew in LA. The Funk Brothers in Motown. I expect that many places, even today, have a collection […]
Legendary Texas singer-songwriter Joe Ely has a question for you this week. Have you ever seen Dallas from a DC-9?
Here’s one of my favorites – and the title track – from Jason Isbell’s most recent release. This solo acoustic version was recorded in Austin, Texas last June. You see a hammer finds a nail And a freight train needs the rails And I’m doin’ what I’m on this earth to do
I have to admit, I was surprised to see the lineup at such a relatively unknown festival called Festy this year. Where else can you see Americana stalwarts Josh Ritter and Justin Townes Earle on the same day? And when my wife and I waltzed in to the show at a hair past noon, I […]