How about a double dose of Frank Turner to kick off the week. Here’s Turner – both acoustic and with his band the Sleeping Souls – performing “The Next Storm”. But I don’t want spend the whole of my life indoorsLaying low, and waiting on the next stormI don’t want spend the whole of my […]
It doesn’t get much better than this – Aretha Franklin and Solomon Burke lead the choir in a rousing version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”.
We lost a tremendous talent with the tragic passing of Justin Townes Earle last year. To raise funds for the late artist’s wife and 3-year-old daughter, Steve Earle and his band The Dukes recorded a collection of Justin Townes Earle compositions. J.T., the resulting album, was released last Monday on what would have been Justin […]
This song seems appropriate as we put 2020 in the rear view and look towards better days in 2021. Here’s Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets performing the Lowe classic “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”.
I posted my list of favorite from the first half of 2019 back in July (here). Rather than replicate that list for my full year review, consider this a continuation — the best songs from the second half of the year. I Remember Everything, John Prine I Don’t Want This (Job Interview), Jackson Emmer (from […]
I really miss live music. In fact, it’s something of a tradition for me to ring in the new year at a live musical performance. Alas, it ain’t gonna happen this year. But I’m hopeful that sometime in 2021 you’ll be able to find me again at a show. Ideally lots of ’em. In that […]
Tom Waits presents two holiday classics – one an original and one a cover.
One of these years, I’d love to make it to Dublin for Glen Hansard’s annual Christmas eve busking session on Grafton Street. The event raises funds for The Simon Community, an organization that raises funds and runs programs to assist the homeless. This year, global pandemic and all, the event became a live broadcast on […]
Another legend lost. Here are two Charley Pride classics to celebrate his life and contributions to country music.
If you have read much of what I have written this ear you know that I have been high on Emily Zuzik’s album “Torch and Trouble”. (certain to appear in my year end Top 10.) The producer of that album was Ted Russell Kamp, a linchpin in the West Coast Americana scene. In the sprit […]