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dow, Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:24 (ten months ago) link

Now then: Chuck Eddy's account is still messed up, despite requests---mods too cool---so here's his Nashville Scene ballot re 2019:

Chuck sez:
Sent in my ballot a few weeks ago, before I heard the album by Mike and the Moonpies, which may well have made my list if I had.


1. Miranda Lambert - Wildcard (Vanner/RCA)
2. Heathen Apostles - Dust To Dust (Ratchet Blade)
3. The Rails - Cancel The Sun (Psychonaut Sounds)
4. Kalie Shorr - Open Book (Kalie Shorr)
5. Tom Russell - October in the Railroad Earth (Frontera)
6. Tara Thompson — Hillbilly Christmas (TDT Enterprises)
7. Granville Automatic - Radio Hymns (Granville Automatic)
8. Reba McEntire - Stronger Than the Truth (Big Machine )
9. Billie Davis - Rosie's Cantina (Market Square)
10. Tone Bringsdal — Prologue (Mother Likes It EP}


1. Blanco Brown - “The Git Up”
2. YelaWolf - “Opie Taylor”
3. Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus - “Old Town Road (Remix)”
4. The Highwomen - “Highwomen”
5. Merle Hazard - “(Gimme Some of That) Ol’ Atonal Music”
6. Michael Salgado - “Honky Tonk Education”
7. Meat Puppets - “Nine Pins”
8. Paul Cauthen - “Cocaine Country Dancing”
9. Dillon Carmichael - “99 Problems (Fish Ain’t One)”
10. RaeLynn - “Bra Off”


Lone Justice - The Western Tapes, 1983 (Omnivore EP)

dow, Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:27 (ten months ago) link

Seems kind of perverse to not rank The Highwomen album (a better LP than Miranda’s, by any measure); and to choose the one song from that album which is essentially a rewritten cover of a “classic” tune... but whatever.

the beer of champagnes (morrisp), Thursday, 2 January 2020 03:05 (ten months ago) link

My ballot, as sent---the blogged version (with comments, although most so far were on RC 2019) will prob have some adds, incl. some from Chuck's list, most likely):

(just in the order they come to mind)
1.Tyler Childers: Country Squire
2.Rodney Crowell: Texas
3. Caroline Spence: Mint Condition
4. Willie Nelson: Ride Me Back Home
5.Kalie Shorr: Open Book
6. Sturgill Simpson: Sound & Fury
7.Kelsey Weldon: White Noise/White Lines
8. Justin Townes Earle: The Saint of Lost Causes
9. Allison Moorer: Blood
10. Patty Griffin: s/t
Hon. Mention: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis: Beautiful Lie
About Half Good (60-45%), in descending order of Goodness or goodness:
Maren Morris: Girl, Highwomen: s/t, Hayes Carll: What It Is, Tanya Tucker: While I’m Livin’

Trivial Pursuit: Miranda Lambert: Wildcard

Milk Dud: Amanda Ann Platt & The Honeycutters: Live at the Grey Eagle

(in descending order of relevance)
1.Bob Dylan (Featuring Johnny Cash) Travelin Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15
(Cash incl. In credit on listing)
2. Reggie Young: Guitar Session Star
3. Sir Douglas Quintet: The Complete Mercury Masters
(digital-only re-reissue
(scroll waaay down for re-reissue date)
4. Link Wray: Rocks (Bear Family beast).
1.Sheryl Crow: Threads
2.Hot Club of Cowtown: Wild Kingdom
3. Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Dance Chapter Four: Memphis
4.Lillie Mae: Other Girls
5.Arthur Russell: Iowa Dream
6.Lost Bayou Ramblers: Asteur
7. Peter Stampfel & Atomic Mega-Pagans: The Ordivician Era

dow, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 04:01 (ten months ago) link

My take on that Link Wray collection was posted on this redoubtable thread, which I recently discovered:
Rockabilly - essentials?

dow, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 04:05 (ten months ago) link

(a better LP than Miranda’s, by any measure)

you got this backward, hoss

alpine static, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:10 (ten months ago) link

or at least put an "imo" somewhere

alpine static, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:11 (ten months ago) link

Feel free to mentally place an implied "IMO" into every one of my posts, "hoss" ;)

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:22 (ten months ago) link

I so suck for typo in Kelsey *Waldon*'s listing on sent ballot. My Matana Roberts comments are on Rolling Jazz Thread 2019
My and other comments on, good discussion of AR's latest here: Ok . MORE Arthur Russell (But This Is Great)

dow, Thursday, 9 January 2020 04:41 (ten months ago) link

Post more Top Tens!

dow, Thursday, 9 January 2020 04:44 (ten months ago) link

My most strictly thread-relevant Reggie Young comments are on RC 2019, but these are def. Related---from the Sweet Soul Music thread:

First listen to Reggie Young's Guitar Session Man has my headphones spinning: so much to take in, so much goodness coming at me from all directions, and would be so even if there weren't 24 tracks on one CD. Most thread-relevant elements noticed so far:
The only Muscle Shoals-recorded track is Little Milton's '02 version of Vince Gill's '90s country hit "Whenever You Come Around," here with a questing soul orchestra, layered and strong as the ones released like hounds in '60s Memphis, on the Box Tops' cover of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On" and Elvis's run with Percy Mayfield's "Stranger In My Own Hometown."
Most of this is from Memphis, incl. duh Dusty Springfield's performance of Gerry Goffin & Carole King's "Don't Forget About Me," which was on a single w the Fritts-written "Breakfast in Bed."
Fritts' KK bandmate Billy Swan rolls out of Nashville with a fast version of his own "Lover Please," a big late-doo wop hit for Clyde McPhatter :this take is more like what Ringo was doing at his 70s solo peak.
We also get the prime of James Carr, Solomom Burke, Bobby Blue Bland, and many others---my absolute fave rave at the moment is Jackie DeShannon's departure with "I Wanna Roo You," here a fast crashy waltz, mostly (slowing down for the bridge, but it's a set-up, like the mellow verses on "I'm Movin' On), and she's often, though not always, wailing the chorus as "I want to ruin ruin ruin you. Ruin you tonight."

― dow, Monday, October 21, 2019


― Beware of Mr. Blecch, er...what? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, October 21

Yeah! And Ace Records annotator Bob Dunham mentions Young's hot solos on the Swan track as prob not the sort of thing released on Nashville product since Mac Gayden's previous work with Area Code 615, which reminds me that this selection is immediately followed by the Gayden-written "Morning Glory," vigorously presented by James & Bobby Purify---they and the Box Tops also did versions of "I'm Your Puppet," right?

― dow, Monday, October 21,

Yes. They had the hit on that one.

― Beware of Mr. Blecch, er...what? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, October 21,

thanks discogs:

1 –Eddie Bond & His Stompers* Slip, Slip, Slippin' In
2 –Bill Black's Combo Carol
3 –Bobby Bland A Touch Of The Blues
4 –Jerry & Reggie* Dream Baby
5 –The Box Tops* I'm Movin' On
6 –Willie Mitchell The Champion - Part 1
7 –Solomon Burke Meet Me In Church
8 –Joe Tex Chicken Crazy
9 –King Curtis & The King Pins* In The Pocket
10 –James Carr More Love
11 –Dusty Springfield Don't Forget About Me
12 –Elvis Presley Stranger In My Own Home Town
13 –Jackie DeShannon I Wanna Roo You
14 –Dobie Gray Drift Away
15 –Sonny Curtis Rock'N Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)
16 –Delbert McClinton Victim Of Life's Circumstances
17 –Billy Swan Lover Please
18 –James & Bobby Purify Morning Glory
19 –J.J. Cale Cocaine
20 –Merle Haggard I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
21 –Waylon Jennings / Willie Nelson / Johnny Cash / Kris Kristofferson Highwayman
22 –Natalie Merchant Griselda
23 –Little Milton Whenever You Come Around
24 –Waylon Jennings Where Do We Go From Here

― dow, Monday, October 21

The Joe Tex track is not up to several of his hits mentioned in the notes, where Dunham says they would have picked "Skinny Legs and All," but it's already on another Young-inclusive Ace comp, Memphis Boys. Damm it, whiiiine

― dow, Monday, October 21

dow, Thursday, 9 January 2020 18:25 (ten months ago) link

yooo this little big town record

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 17 January 2020 15:37 (ten months ago) link

Big thing on them in yesterday's Wall St Journal, which I haven't read yet.
Here's this:

dow, Friday, 17 January 2020 16:22 (ten months ago) link

"throw your love away" on the little big town record is so fucking good

J0rdan S., Friday, 17 January 2020 17:57 (ten months ago) link

yeah this album is so good

leans hard into the "lost in california" vibes <3

überweiss, Friday, 17 January 2020 23:33 (ten months ago) link

it's produced by the golden hour duo

J0rdan S., Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:03 (ten months ago) link

Weed & Cannabis?

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:44 (ten months ago) link


J0rdan S., Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:10 (ten months ago) link

Merle Hazard - “(Gimme Some of That) Ol’ Atonal Music”

ok, my music geek kids got a huge kick out of this

that's not my post, Saturday, 18 January 2020 05:39 (ten months ago) link

other amazing songs on the little big town record:

next to you
title track
over drinking
the daughters
river of stars
sugar coat
trouble with forever

ok most of 'em

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 20 January 2020 16:09 (ten months ago) link

re: "sugar coat"

and one of these nights i'll meet you in the driveway
and tell you to go to hell
go to hell

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 20 January 2020 16:20 (ten months ago) link

the first 5 songs go so hard i've had trouble getting to the rest of the album

J0rdan S., Monday, 20 January 2020 19:28 (ten months ago) link

the lord did bless us with another wonderful song titled "bluebird" tho

J0rdan S., Monday, 20 January 2020 19:35 (ten months ago) link

'river of stars' is so beautiful

Nourry, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:37 (ten months ago) link

Effective immediately all music video hours on CMT and CMT Music channels will have complete parity between male and female artists. That means 50/50. #CMTEqualPlay

— CMT (@CMT) January 21, 2020

dyl, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 15:04 (ten months ago) link

Wonder if that will have any impact on country radio ( where stations can’t even play 2 songs in a row by female acts)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:48 (ten months ago) link

Howdy, Edd Hurt here. Wrote a couple things about Reggie Young, mentioned above, last year: and this (listen to "Mercy," referenced below, good example of Young's tact):

Reggie Young
Session guitar legend

Reggie Young, who died in Leiper’s Fork on Jan. 17 at age 82, played guitar on a huge number of recordings that have become country, pop and soul classics. Young added his fluid licks to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 album Dusty in Memphis, and he played on sessions with Elvis Presley, Joe Tex, James Carr, Billy Swan and Dobie Gray. Many of Young’s best-known recordings feature a lick, invented by Young, that defines the performance. Like his fellow Memphis rhythm-guitar masters Teenie Hodges and Bobby Womack, Young was a structural thinker.

Young was born Dec. 12, 1936, in Caruthersville, Mo. He made his name in pop and country, and he lived and recorded in Nashville for decades. But I like to think of him as a quintessential Memphis musician. Like Hodges, who devised unforgettable licks for records by Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell, Young knew how to lay back in a rhythm section. You can hear his restraint on an obscure 1967 Willie Mitchell record, “Mercy,” in which Young plays strict rhythm guitar behind Memphis ax man Clarence Nelson’s brief, stinging lead.

I saw Young demonstrate some of his signature inventions at a 2008 program at the Country Music Hall of Fame. He played his intro to Swan’s 1974 track “I Can Help,” and he made it look easy. For Young, it was about the total effect — he never showed off, because he didn’t have to. —Edd Hurt

whatstalker, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 21:59 (nine months ago) link

Didn't know he'd died, damn!

From Mary Gauthier's Feb. enewsletter:

David Olney

The world lost a great artist on January 18th. We songwriters lost a dear friend. David Olney was a man with genius and wide-reaching vision. He was the master of perspective. Point of view in his songs was forever original and brilliant. Unparalleled Mastery.

He wrote from the viewpoint of the Iceberg in "Titanic." From the point of view of the huckster ripping people off on the hill next to Jesus in "Jerusalem Tomorrow." From the viewpoint of the dummy, talking to the ventriloquist, in "Who's The Dummy Now?"

I cannot pick a favorite Olney song, but I do come back to this one over and over, written from the viewpoint of a French prostitute, in "1917."
(if this doesn't show up here, it's on youtube)

dow, Friday, 7 February 2020 20:27 (nine months ago) link

Wow to "Throw Your Love Away"! Excited to hear the rest of the album.

Here were my 2019 favorites in roughly the order I'd rank them:

Michaela Anne - Desert Dove*
Miranda Lambert - Wildcard
Ian Noe - Between the Country
Jon Pardi - Heartache Medication
Emily Scott Robinson - Traveling Mercies
The Highwomen - s/t

Emily Scott Robinson - The Dress*
Jon Pardi - Old Hat
Madison Kozak - First Last Name*
Miranda Lambert - Mess With My Head
Jon Pardi - Heartache Medication
Joy Williams - The Trouble with Wanting*
Tyler Childers - All Your'n
Hailey Whitters - Ten Year Town
Mike & The Moonpies - You Look Good in Neon
Maren Morris - The Feels
Ashley McBryde - One Night Standards
Midland - Let It Roll
Luke Combs - Even Though I'm Leaving
Ingrid Andress - More Hearts Than Mine
Joshua Ray Walker - Canyon
Caroline Spence - Mint Condition


Indexed, Friday, 7 February 2020 20:44 (nine months ago) link

Just put on the LBT. Holy hell "Next To You"!

This is p cool:

“I’ve really never seen any four people work as well together as they do,” says singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, a longtime collaborator. “I’ve also never seen four people write songs to the harmonies. When I watch them write a lyric around a note that they all can sing, it’s mind-blowing. It’s almost like a kind of sign language; they use their hands, point to one another. I don’t know if they know all the names of what they’re doing [when they work together]. But together, when they sing, they flow like water, like liquid.”

Indexed, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:17 (nine months ago) link

"next to you" is amazing

J0rdan S., Friday, 7 February 2020 21:53 (nine months ago) link

also i interviewed LBT once for a story that wasn't about them and they were very generous w/ their time even when they didn't need to be, so that makes me like them a little extra

J0rdan S., Friday, 7 February 2020 21:54 (nine months ago) link

LBT is one of the bigger acts not to have their own ILM thread which makes sense bc i think they're underrated round these parts and maybe operating in a style that isn't one to cross over to other audiences. despite them being generally extremely good especially on their past several albums, which i rarely put on but always enjoy listening to.

omar little, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:00 (nine months ago) link

i first was impressed w/their chops on Pain Killer, which was among other things evidence that whatever type of song they wanted to pull off, they could do it. in addition to their way with close harmonies they can really tear shit up when they choose to do so.

omar little, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:02 (nine months ago) link

When my wife and I did our Southern road trip to Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Clarksdale, and Memphis, Little Big Town were on the multi-act bill at the Grand Ol Opry. Impressive harmonies. At times a bit too polished for me, but I generally like their country meets Fleetwood Mac sound.

When we were just up in NYC, they were at the Apollo for a couple of shows! We just noticed it after the gigs had already happened when we were touring the Apollo.

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:48 (nine months ago) link

Whitney Rose previews her new album 'We Still Go to Rodeos' with a compassionate spin on the cheating song in "Believe Me, Angela"
Cosmic Canadian cowgirl rolls on

dow, Monday, 10 February 2020 21:27 (nine months ago) link

Anyone have a recommendation for a country station, podcast or show worth streaming?

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:41 (nine months ago) link

New York's Country, 94.7: Haven't listened a whole lot, but seems okay, am told it's usually pretty good; Maura posted link on a previous RC---and hey, commercial-free Mondays!

dow, Monday, 10 February 2020 23:28 (nine months ago) link


j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:19 (nine months ago) link

Grady Smith's youtube channel is worth keeping an eye on

Indexed, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:36 (nine months ago) link

Maren Morris “The Bones” is the first solo song by a woman to hit #1 since Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” in 2009, per @chartdata on twitter

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:56 (nine months ago) link

X-post- for a guy with hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers, that Grady Smith guy didn’t seem that smart or charismatic in his episode on country music TikTok. He seemed clueless that young folks would do karaoke like videos there, and he mocked country songs that have rap inspired vocals .

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 18:22 (nine months ago) link

Can't say I've seen that one but I used to read his writing in The Guardian and thought he had a good ear for talent and an unpretentious style. Now primarily follow him on Twitter but occasionally watch his album review videos.

Indexed, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 19:28 (nine months ago) link

He’s unpretentious, which is good, just has those flaws I mentioned.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 20:12 (nine months ago) link

new jason isbell is predictably great

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:47 (nine months ago) link

After spending a week with New York 94.7 (thanks, dow!), I wanted less "10,000 Hours" so I looked for local owned stations and came across KBST in Big Spring, Texas. Pretty good station with waaay more character that so far seems to only be about 1/2 current hits. The stream doesn't sound as good, but that seems appropriate. Plus local ads for laundromats and mineral rights consulting!

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:11 (nine months ago) link

Cool, and speaking of Texas, should have thought of

dow, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 22:39 (nine months ago) link

Maren Morris “The Bones” is the first solo song by a woman to hit #1 since Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” in 2009, per @chartdata on twitter

― curmudgeon, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:56 AM (one week ago)

this is not correct. it's the first solo song by a woman to hit #1 on country airplay AND go top 10 in all-format airplay since "you belong with me"

other songs by any artist to have done the same since "you belong with me":

lady antebellum "need you now" (2010)
florida georgia line (ft. nelly) "cruise" (2013)
sam hunt "body like a back road" (2017)
bebe rexha ft. florida georgia line "meant to be" (2018)
dan + shay "speechless" (2019)
dan + shay & justin beiber "10,000 hours" (2019)

and now "the bones". so this stat is more about crossover than acceptance at country radio alone (which, yes, is paltry for women, but not quite THAT horrendous)

dyl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:24 (nine months ago) link

Morgan Wallen now will not be on SNL due to maskless behavior.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 October 2020 21:11 (one month ago) link

xpost I tried the E.Cook CD in a more modern boombox, more options (playing and recording from MP3 etc.)---tried several EQ presets and they all sound good, bringing vocals into the foreground w no instruments too close. Panasonic RX-D55. Not every word is crystal clear, but might be intentional, so as to encourage more listening. The overall effect always has been expressive.

dow, Thursday, 8 October 2020 23:03 (one month ago) link

Also, speaking of John Prine's birthday, I tweeted Cook's new "Mary, The Submissing Years," inspired by JP's 'Jesus, The Missing Years." I don't trust ilx to let me post the YouTube, but it's a good 'un.
Also, speaking of John Prine's birthday (today), Steve Earle tweeted this:

John and I were doing one of Emmylou Harris's CONCERTS FOR A
LANDMINE FREE WORLD in London. It was a "guitar pull" all of the
artists seated on the stage, taking turns singing songs and telling
stories. Halfway through my guitar break in HOMETOWN BLUES, I
quipped, "Ladies and Gentlemen, at no time do my fingers ever leave
my hands." I'd forgotten, not only where I'd stolen that bit from, but
who I was sitting next to. John glanced over with a knowing twinkle
in his eye and mouthed,
Happy Birthday, Maestro
-Steve Earle

dow, Sunday, 11 October 2020 02:42 (one month ago) link

I was at that show I think! Prine, Earle, Emmylou, Elvis Costello and Nanci Griffith IIRC.

Tim, Sunday, 11 October 2020 05:20 (one month ago) link

Ah. EC has a new 'un, what little I've heard was pleasantly surprising. Nanci Griffith hassn't surfaced in quite a while, or did I miss it?

Never have really followed this venerable act, but the following round-up will be worth checking out:

Asleep At The Wheel Partners with Austin City Limits For Five-Decade Career Retrospective On October 31st
Includes footage from the band’s eleven appearances on the show; from the very first episode of ACL to more recent performances with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and the Avett Brothers
Meh on Avetts own TV and radio sets, but maybe they'll be better, anyway can listen around them; they're not that loud.

ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel setlist:
“The Letter That Johnny Walker Read” - 1976
"Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” - 1978
“Get Your Kicks on Route 66” - 1996
"Roly Poly" ft. The Texas Playboys - 1993
“Hesitation Blues” ft. Willie Nelson - 2009
“Nothing Takes The Place of You” - 1976
“Blues for Dixie” ft. Lyle Lovett - ACL Hall of Fame 2015
“Let Me Go Home Whiskey” - 1976
“After You’ve Gone” ft. Willie Nelson, Freddy Powers, and Johnny Gimble - 1981
“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love ”- 2015
“Boogie Back to Texas” - 1988
“Milk Cow Blues” - 2015
“Miles and Miles of Texas” - 1996, 2002, and 1980
“Choo Choo Boogie” - 1978, 1988, and 1996
“Pancho and Lefty” ft. Willie Nelson - 2009
“Take Me Back to Tulsa” ft. The Avett Brothers and Vince Gill - 1996, 2015, 1978, and 1976
“Cotton Eye Joe” - 1980

ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel is only the kickoff of a coming year-long celebration of the band’s five-decade milestone. This past week, Asleep at the Wheel’s fearless leader and founder Ray Benson took part in “Thriving Roots,” AMERICANAFEST’s virtual conference, announcing the coming special and screening an hour-long interview and documentary produced by the Texas Music Office for all digital festival attendees to enjoy. Additionally, Benson and Asleep at the Wheel are currently being featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Outlaws and Armadillos exhibit and as part of the Whitliff Collection at Texas State University’s museum.

Fans, new and old, should stay tuned in to in the coming months because Benson and Asleep at the Wheel are just getting started with their big celebration.

dow, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:42 (one month ago) link

Not Country, strictly speaking, but def Related, with several acoustic stringed instruments---also one electric that I've so far noticed as such, the steel guitar---being switched around from track to track, 15 of which, average time prob about 3:00 or a little shorter, fully equipped scenes and situations and thought trains rolling through, from headphone to headphone, so it's like I said about this fall's continuing volumes of G.Welch's Boots 02: The Lost Songs, though the unified effect is maybe even more striking because of the variety, which also incl. Haitian Kreyòl folk songs, like it says in the notes: perfectly compatible w Leyla McCalla's original composing, arranging and co-picking, on Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute To Langston Hughes(2014 album, reissued 10-16-20, I think).
Traveling man LH worked and saw and heard a lot and thought it about long enough to see how to make his latest take concise, so he and his readers could keep going with fellow feeling expressed in a personalized, one-to-one way, and senses refreshed.
(His metrics are also personalized in an accessible way, and in any case she makes adaptation seem easy.)
It's a blues life too, with hope in there as well, certainly liveliness, though the New Orleans background of McCalla comes out in a leafy urban-folk-country-old-time way that isn't too nostalgic; the subject matter sure isn't.
stream here:
Stream/download/order LP, CD here:

Stream/download it all here (vinyl and CD also available):

dow, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 00:13 (one month ago) link

Oop thought that first ending had disappeared

dow, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 00:16 (one month ago) link

I’ve lost touch with Costello and Griffith, for good or ill.

The show in question must’ve been in the very late 90s or early 00s.

Tim, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 09:38 (one month ago) link

what did yall think of the charley crockett record that came out this year? didn't see it mentioned in here

here 1st (roxymuzak), Thursday, 22 October 2020 20:19 (one month ago) link

Hadn't heard of it, how is it?

dow, Friday, 23 October 2020 00:29 (one month ago) link

i like the charley crockett record though i wanted to like it a little more. he's like a countrypolitan dave alvin.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 23 October 2020 00:48 (one month ago) link

Including that you wanted to like it more than you did, or *despite* the fact that he's like a countrypolitan Dave? Don't think I've ever heard Dave go in that direction.
To me, he's been on a roll in recent years, at least counting the duet albums and the current studio odds&sods, which is as good as any reg. release of his, as I talked about upthread. Will check out Charlie, thanx for mentions yall.

dow, Friday, 23 October 2020 02:19 (one month ago) link

Also most of his live Yep Roc at 15 EP is good. Might be more stuff on his bandcamp page by now, hmm.

dow, Friday, 23 October 2020 02:20 (one month ago) link

Including that you wanted to like it more than you did, or *despite* the fact that he's like a countrypolitan Dave?

two separate thoughts. his songwriting and vibe reminds me of d alvin. the countrypolitan production does not. but both of those things are in wheelhouses of mine. songwise, it's a little less consistent than it could have been.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 23 October 2020 10:29 (one month ago) link

i too like it but wanted to like it more. there's something about his voice being a regular-guy voice that i like, and that meshes with that production style well. the songwriting for me is good, but not great. whoever played steel guitar on this rules tho

here 1st (roxymuzak), Friday, 23 October 2020 11:12 (one month ago) link

Oho, that last bit decides for me, I'll check it out for sure!

dow, Friday, 23 October 2020 20:52 (one month ago) link

however much i wanted to like it more, i did find myself craving to listen to it again today for whatever that's worth

here 1st (roxymuzak), Friday, 23 October 2020 21:18 (one month ago) link

RIP and Rat On:
Replying to
Grateful for all the wild Saturday nights w Mr. Walker. Blessed to have seen him with Jimmy Buffett in a dirt floor county fair livestock barn outside Eugene. Jerry Jeff fans had brown liquor. Jimmy fans had white. We shared our libations with great joy. Adios, amigo.

dow, Sunday, 25 October 2020 01:44 (one month ago) link

The first edition of this was pretty good, looking fwd to expando:

Johnny Cash - Forever Words (Expanded Edition), a digital edition of the original album plus 18 new songs (16 previously unreleased) by various artists including Chris Cornell, Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brad Paisley, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Carlene Carter, The Jayhawks, T. Bone Burnett, Jewel, Dailey & Vincent, I'm With Her, Robert Glasper featuring Ro James and Anu Sun, and Jamey Johnson with words by Johnny Cash.

In the timeless spirit of songwriting collaboration, the album's lyric content is drawn from poems, lyrics and other writings--many previously unpublished--by Johnny Cash while the music is newly composed and performed by contemporary artists inspired directly by Cash's words.

The album's new tracks are digital-only and made available on all Streaming Audio Services in a series of four waves beginning today.
Link to streaming options in this Web post of press release, also to trailer etc.:

dow, Sunday, 25 October 2020 22:50 (one month ago) link

Rolling tribute thread, watch this space:
Meant to paste a quote, but impossible to choose---lots of eyewitness testimony, going waaay back.

dow, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 21:39 (four weeks ago) link

That xpost Wynonna covers EP is up now, my fave is "Ramble On Rose"---would like to hear her do an alb of Dead, or at least "Ripple" and "New Speedway Boogie, " both of which would fit rat in here:

dow, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 01:37 (three weeks ago) link

So Cam's album is finally out; I listened this morning, some tracks a couple of times: half of it got me right away; the rest didn't hold my attention. She always sounded like she'd been there, but sonically sometimes seemed too limited, a little too earnestly tasteful--although I loved that she never ruins by overselling, even on the eternal-flame-ov-namechecked-romeo-and-juliet "Til There's Nothing Left" ("Praying to God please don't save me")(why did I think upthread that this went into something about growing old together? Because press release quoted her re something about this being a song for her husband? Here it's death by orgasm in the teen backseat 4ever).
Okay, so she's not really all that restrained in writing, which she does with Lori McKenna on here several times, also Natalie Hemby, in with others, usually, and tonight I get it, the sound and the fury and the sweetness and bitterness and been-there insight, that last most striking in the one that's just by her and Hemby, no other team members needed:

You think you’re the girl who doesn’t know how to say she’s sorry
Doesn’t know what to believe, but you wanna believe somebody
You’re not the only one, hidin’ in the corner of a party
Disappointed with
Who you call a friend.

Well they’re gonna give up on you
You’re gonna give up on them
And if it’s somebody you really love you’re gonna find a way to love ‘em again
You’re gonna have to learn to forgive yourself and not take it so personally
Yeah take it from a girl like me

Take it from a girl who takes things to take the pain away
Can’t look in the mirror ‘cause there’s always someone else to blame
She gives more than she’s got, thinks everyone should do the same
It’s hard to see
In the middle of a dream

Also, she can get loud, no prob, and sometimes double-tracks her vox with no blur or padding, which can happen for sure.
Covers Sam Smith's "Happier For You," which thematically is like Laura Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues," also with the same kind of vitality surging around self-torture, as she thanks him for inviting her to the wedding, surprised the bride 'llowed him to: she's all dressed up in black, with nowhere to go but here. Also, Sam's guys work with some of her people on other tracks.
(His "Palaces" was one of her breadcrumb singles several years ago, also good, wouldn't mind more---just as long as he doesn't duet with her, crying all over the place, and dragging his choir in there.)
And she's got a Harry Styles co-write with his own team, none of it by Camaron Ochs, but suits her very well (He writes bitter small town country? This is pretty much the afterlife anticlimax of the aformentioned backseat Rome-O and Juli-et.)

dow, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 05:07 (three weeks ago) link

Dawn Landes & band livestream Thurs. 7 pm Central, on Music City Roots' Facebook & YouTube channel

dow, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 19:27 (three weeks ago) link

Just saw this, haven't listened yet:

dow, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 20:42 (three weeks ago) link

November 6, 2020—A lifelong bluegrass and country music fan, legendary singer, songwriter and producer Barry Gibb has long dreamed of a project that would bring him together with some of the artists he admires the most. With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, that dream has become a reality with GREENFIELDS: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1—out January 8 on Capitol Records (pre-order/pre-save). Watch the album’s official trailer HERE.
Across twelve of the Gibb Brothers beloved songs reborn, the album features collaborations with Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile, David Rawlings, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell, Jay Buchanan, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Olivia Newton-John, Sheryl Crow and Tommy Emmanuel. In advance of the release, “Words of a Fool,” featuring Grammy Award-winning Jason Isbell, is out today (listen HERE).
1. “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” with Keith Urban
2. “Words of a Fool” with Jason Isbell
3. “Run to Me” with Brandi Carlile
4. “Too Much Heaven” with Alison Krauss
5. “Lonely Days” with Little Big Town
6. “Words” with Dolly Parton
7. “Jive Talkin’” with Miranda Lambert, Jay Buchanan
8. “How Deep Is Your Love” with Tommy Emanuel, Little Big Town
9. “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” with Sheryl Crow
10. “To Love Somebody” with Jay Buchanan
11. “Rest Your Love On Me” with Olivia Newton-John
12. “Butterfly” with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings
For more information, please contact
asha.goodman at or carla at
Or Ambrosia Healy at Capitol Music Group, ambrosia.healy at

dow, Friday, 6 November 2020 18:39 (two weeks ago) link

Trailer is on youtube

dow, Friday, 6 November 2020 18:40 (two weeks ago) link

"Jive Talkin" better be some country disco--maybe songs from Saturday Night Fever will be on some ltd. edition or killer sequel. But where are "Massachussets" and "New York Mining Disaster 1941" dammit? You telling me they're not country enough? Guess "Islands in the Stream" would be too obvious.

dow, Friday, 6 November 2020 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

oh man i cant wait for this!!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 6 November 2020 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

After Biden was done talking tonight and while the fireworks were going they played Eric Church “Springsteen “

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 November 2020 03:47 (two weeks ago) link

Adios, Jerry Jeff and Billy Joe---here's a couple of little things I wrote---first is from Charlotte Creative Loafing:
Keep Texas Beautiful

Jerry Jeff Walker, still swingin' on a Lone Star

Jul. 12, 2006

"Mr. Bojangles," Jerry Jeff Walker's most famous song, is about a man waking up in a New Orleans jail in 1968 so "down and out" that a fellow inmate tries to cheer him up, by tap dancing.
The old street performer tells his tattered story, in descending melodic lines that jump up and turn around, right before they end. It's not just what he says, but how he says it, and he's ready to show any audience that he isn't finished quite yet. Jerry Jeff Walker, who will appear at the Neighborhood Theatre on July 17, evidently learned a lot from this guy. Also from the likes of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, in early '70s Austin, before they all hit the road again, under a new Outlaw banner.
Which was very cute 'n' colorful, but, in Jerry Jeff's case, especially, such a banner could be a dark and dusty backdrop for the dancer's jumps and turns.
Anthems like "Pissin' in the Wind" and "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother" are still as potent as they always were ironic. But now the former (red-nosed) "Jacky Jack Snowflake" seems to dance on the grave of his bad(der) self, where once he was closer to dancing into it.

Jerry Jeff's recent collection, Best of the Rest (Tried & True), sometimes floats some very mellow material, but his voice is well-preserved (smoke-cured, a tad raspy: can dry ripe imagery nicely), and even the lesser songs keep an eye on time's tricky gifts. My favorite, "Keep Texas Beautiful," is a celebration in a minor key: There's a sense of the cost, of what has been and is still there to be lost, if we can't "keep it free." As even George W. and the Dixie Chicks, hearing this, might agree. And Mr. Bojangles too.
Jerry Jeff Walker and his Gonzo Compadres play the Neighborhood Theatre on Monday, July 17, at 8pm; no opening act. All tickets are $30. See for more info.

Ha, that wistful thinking ending maybe won't seem like such a novelty punchline too much longer. Think JJW kept going for quite a few years after that, as long as he and the times were able.

dow, Monday, 9 November 2020 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

Thought I'd written more about Billy Joe Shaver, but all I can find is this Nashville Scene ballot comment (this was one of my Top Five Reissues of 2o13):
Shaver's Jewels are a family affair, and though blood is still thicker than mud, good thing late son Eddy's electric slide 'n' pick times paw Billy Joe's honky-pop sense can shear and veer through the druggy detour that will claim the younger (they sing about it, with BJ busting the woman who took E. one shot over the line), and the equally inertial tendencies of relatively ex-desperado old dude's righteously flashlit path. Does not preclude or anomalize a finger-salute to Amarillo, or the immortal "I been to Georgia on a fast train honey, I wasn't born no yesterday/I got a good Christian raisin' and a Eighth Grade eddjycation and I ain't gon'/Be treated thisaway."

dow, Monday, 9 November 2020 01:41 (two weeks ago) link

From Bandcamp Daily, re: African country music:
Cowboys hit the African continent in the late ‘20s, before country music itself did. Around southern Africa, in colonial mining camps, companies arranged screenings of silent (and heavily edited) American westerns “to entice potential laborers, serving as an inexpensive distraction from the brutal working conditions and the allure of potentially toxic home-brewed alcohol,” according to Gordon Ashworth’s liner notes to Olvido Records’ wondrous recent collection, Bulawayo Blue Yodel. After the movies came the new and dangerous local archetype of the “Copperbelt Cowboy,” local men emulating on-screen behavior. And alongside that came popular, imported 78s by early American country star Jimmie Rodgers, the Mississippi-born singing brakeman and iconic yodeler.
See also:

dow, Thursday, 12 November 2020 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

Due to @CountryMusic’s failure to mention John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billy Joe Shaver at the CMA’s last night, @amandashires and I have decided to return our membership cards. I doubt anybody will care, but we cared a lot about our heroes.

— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) November 13, 2020

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:08 (one week ago) link

Maren Morris took home female vocalist of the year at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, and used her acceptance speech to make an important statement. After thanking a handful of people, the 30-year-old singer took a moment to pay tribute to all the incredible Black female artists in country music. "There are some names in my mind that I want to give recognition to because I'm just a fan of their music and they are as country as it gets, and I just want them all to know how much we love them back," she said before shouting out Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer, and Rhiannon Giddens

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:16 (one week ago) link

Morgan Wallen won best new artist ( he is the singer who got bumped from Saturday Night Live for not following COVID rules)

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 November 2020 18:18 (one week ago) link

That seems fitting, since what I saw (and later heard/read) of the festivities was maskless and not very distanced---no wonder CMA would even let the AP use screen shots of the audience. Also, of course, Lee Brice, Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Florida-Georgia Line, and others cancelled because of testing positive.
Pretty bad when even what's left of the LA Times has your number:
Even the moments that worked — Ingrid Andress’ teary “More Hearts Than Mine,” Jimmie Allen’s sweetly joining 86-year-old Charley Pride for “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’,” an intimate “Starting Over” by Chris Stapleton and his wife, Morgane — just made you wonder why the CMA proceeded with the show in this fashion, given that Tennessee is reporting a 26% spike in new cases, according to the New York Times.

Couldn’t the Stapletons have done their thing remotely from home? And didn’t anyone consider the wisdom of inviting a man Pride’s age into a potentially dangerous environment?

More to the point, was any of this worth even the slightest risk to someone’s health? In fairness to the artists, performing in a less-than-jam-packed room — not to mention one populated by peers and executives rather than fans — can make it hard to muster the enthusiasm needed to get over on TV. So what’s the argument for doing it?

And nary a mention of covid from the stage, which might have been one reason for no mention of Prine and Joe Diffie, among others.
Wish Isbell and Shires would mention that, or maybe they have by now; he's always on Twitter when I check in.

dow, Friday, 13 November 2020 20:52 (one week ago) link

"from the stage" incl. Morris and Church.

dow, Friday, 13 November 2020 20:55 (one week ago) link

Luke Combs rolled up on stage for his second award literally hugging every person in sight, def a bad look all round

John Pardi did a tribute to Joe Diffie

but zero mention of Prine, Billy Joe Shaver or Jerry Jeff Walker which sucked

isbell & shires announced they are returning their cma memberships

Due to @CountryMusic’s failure to mention John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billy Joe Shaver at the CMA’s last night, @amandashires and I have decided to return our membership cards. I doubt anybody will care, but we cared a lot about our heroes.

— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) November 13, 2020

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 13 November 2020 20:59 (one week ago) link

no wonder CMA would even let the AP use screen shots of the audience

the AP thing was weird because the broadcast spent plenty of time focused on the audience, and all the AP could have done is take screenshots of what the CMA itself had decided to show on the air. and it was unclear if they didn't want screenshots of mask-less artists going around or if maybe they actually didn't want screenshots of masked artists going around. v v strange.

ashley mcbryde was great.

good for isbell and shires!

fact checking cuz, Friday, 13 November 2020 22:13 (one week ago) link

i felt bad for Darius Rucker having to duet on In The Ghetto. that was awkward af

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 14 November 2020 02:12 (one week ago) link

6th Annual John Henry's Friends Benefit
Join Steve Earle & The Dukes for the 6th Annual John Henry's Friends Benefit Concert, presented by Luck Productions & City Winery, celebrating The Keswell School's work in providing education for children and young adults with autism.

The virtual concert will take place on December 13th at 7:30pm EST at

With Special Guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Josh Ritter, Lucinda Williams, Matt Savage, Shawn Colvin, The Mastersons and Warren Haynes.

dow, Monday, 16 November 2020 22:33 (one week ago) link

i never really got into gillian welch but i'm completely obsessed with her "lost songs" series, especially vol 3, which just came out.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:29 (one week ago) link

this is a perfect three minutes:

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:29 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah. Good discussion of these three vols. on her thread, and they're all on her bandcamp, along w the also awes Boots No 1: The Official Revival Bootleg, and, uh, everything else she's done, I think.

dow, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 03:54 (one week ago) link

will check out her thread, thanks!

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 05:52 (one week ago) link

In the forthcoming album, J.T., Steve Earle & The Dukes pay tribute to Steve’s late son, Justin Townes Earle (J.T.), who passed away on August 20, 2020 in Nashville. The album will be released digitally* on what would have been Justin’s 39th birthday, January 4, 2021, via New West Records.

J.T. finds Steve Earle & The Dukes covering 10 of Justin’s songs – from “I Don’t Care,” which appeared on his 2007 debut EP, Yuma, and a trio of selections from his full-length debut album, The Good Life (“Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving,” “Far Away In Another Town” and “Lone Pine Hill”) to later compositions like 2017’s “Champagne Corolla” and 2019’s “The Saint Of Lost Causes,” which was the title track of Justin’s eighth and final studio album. J.T. closes with “Last Words,” a song Steve wrote for Justin.

100% of the artist advances and royalties from J.T. will be donated to a trust for Etta St. James Earle, the three-year-old daughter of Justin and Jenn Earle. While somber in parts, the album is ultimately a rousing celebration of a life lived with passion and purpose. The recording features the latest incarnation of Steve’s backing band, The Dukes – Chris Masterson on guitar, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle & vocals, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel, guitar & dobro, Brad Pemberton on drums & percussion, and Jeff Hill on acoustic & electric bass. *Will also be available on vinyl and CD.
More info, audio:

dow, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:51 (one week ago) link

this one’s def going to be a heartbreaker

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:58 (one week ago) link

Sadly this alternate take is more exciting than anything I heard on my first listen to the Cam record. Would kill for a whole album of this.

80’s version of Classic. Kids, there is NOTHING you can’t do with a green screen in a garage @CMT

— Cam (@camcountry) November 22, 2020

Indexed, Monday, 23 November 2020 16:29 (three days ago) link

The Cam album seems pretty amazing to me, but like I said upthread, took a cpuple (or maybe like 1.5, 1.3) listens to get it.

dow, Monday, 23 November 2020 17:08 (three days ago) link

For Immediate Release—

Bluegrass Pride Presents “Fireside Pride” Holiday-themed Streaming Celebration On December 5th
Performers include Ani DiFranco & Zoe Boekbinder, Leyla McCalla, Mary Gauthier & Jaimee Harris, and more

November 23, 2020 - San Francisco, CA - As the cold, gray winter months set in, LGBTQ+ roots music non-profit Bluegrass Pride is gearing up to stoke the fire and warm the cider with Fireside Pride, an online, winter- and holiday-themed celebration. Hosted by emcee Marlene Twitty-Fargo and featuring performances by Ani DiFranco & Zoe Boekbinder, Leyla McCalla, Mary Gauthier, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Stephanie Anne Johnson, and a non-religious holiday sing-along led by Nate Lee, Fireside Pride will bring all parts of the BGP community together on December 5th, beginning at 3pm PST and running until 6:30pm PST. A full schedule can be found below.

The event can be streamed via the Bluegrass Pride Website, their Facebook page, or their YouTube channel. Admission to the party can be accessed in the form of a suggested donation of $10, but a statement from BGP reads: “If you’re a part of the Bluegrass Pride family, or if you’re just here to enjoy the show, we’re suggesting a $10 donation. But, if you’re able, please give generously – and consider giving to Bluegrass Pride monthly as we continue to support artists and our community all year round!”

Earlier this year, in the fresh wake of the pandemic, Bluegrass Pride found itself in the same position as many of the talented musicians with whom they work; facing the cancellation of an entire season of events. They said goodbye to their San Francisco Pride float and marching armada, the annual Bluegrass Pride Concert that follows the parade each year, their annual Portland events, and their inaugural Nashville celebration, too. But BGP wasn’t satisfied with an empty calendar and a clean slate, without events, gatherings, and music. Furthermore, they understood that LGBTQ+ and Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian musicians and creators have been disproportionately impacted by the economic devastation of the pandemic, so BGP knew they had to adapt their mission to meet folks wherever they’re at during this time.

In June, Bluegrass Pride carried off their first ever Porch Pride: A Bluegrass Pride Queer-antine Festival, a digital program featuring more than 10 hours of live music over what would have been Pride weekend, and raised over $22,000 for their artists. BGP also pivoted their annual LGBTQ+ Musicians Showcase online during IBMA’s Virtual World of Bluegrass, featuring five acts of bluegrass, folk, and old-time from around the world during the conference. And, in October, they began a monthly livestream series that features creators and artists from the Bluegrass Pride family.

“Time and again, our audience has shown up for Bluegrass Pride and our mission, despite all of the barriers thrown our way by 2020!” say Executive Director Kara Kundert. “We’re asking you to show up again for our musicians and our community. Musicians know how hard the winter months can be, when opportunities dry up seasonally, as the weather changes -- and this year, flu season and returning indoors will inevitably increase COVID transmission and close off more gig and work opportunities for artists. Now is such an important time to give!!”

All profits from Fireside Pride will be shared evenly between the artists playing the festival and Bluegrass Pride. BGP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; these funds will go towards supporting their ongoing, year-round operations, allowing BGP to continue hosting paid performance opportunities for artists during these uncertain times, while also investing in long-term resources that will benefit both musicians and fans beyond the pandemic (such as the forthcoming Safe Venue Directory), helping to create a safer, more inclusive bluegrass community for all.

“Thank you for your continued support!” the organization adds. “Whether you’re a Bluegrass Pride veteran, a chance passerby, a longtime donor, or a curious newbie, we’re so pleased to have you as part of Bluegrass Pride. We hope you enjoy Fireside Pride (safely!) with your friends, loved ones, and families and we cannot thank you enough for helping to spread the word about Bluegrass Pride, Fireside Pride, and the important work of making bluegrass a place for everyone.”

What: Fireside Pride
When: December 5, 3:00pm - 6:30pm PST
Who: Ani DiFranco & Zoe Boekbinder, Leyla McCalla, Mary Gauthier & Jaimee Harris, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Stephanie Anne Johnson, and a Holiday Sing-Along with Nate Lee. Presented by Bluegrass Pride, hosted by Marlene Twitty-Fargo.

Full schedule (in PST):
3:00 PM Holiday Sing-Along with Nate Lee
3:30 PM Stephanie Anne Johnson
4:00 PM AJ Lee & Blue Summit
4:30 PM Mary Gauthier & Jaimee Harris
5:00 PM Leyla McCalla
5:30 PM Ani DiFranco & Zoe Boekbinder

More About Bluegrass Pride: Our mission is to recruit, encourage, and support LGBTQ+ bluegrassers of all levels, promoting their advancement and acceptance within all areas of the bluegrass music industry and musical community. We aim to uplift the genre of bluegrass as a whole to receive LGBTQ+ folks openly, and to promote allyship with all marginalized peoples within the industry and musical community. We do so by creating opportunities for community building and resources for musical skill development, such as concerts, jam sessions, showcases, festivals, parades, tutorials, recording, and more! Bluegrass Pride is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 83-3224672. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer.

More About The Artists:

Zoe Boekbinder & Ani DiFranco: Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco (she/her) is the mother of the DIY movement, being one of the first artists to create her own record label in 1990. While she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has embraced punk, funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, electronica, and even more distant sounds. As an iconic songwriter and social activist, she has been the inspiration for woman artists and entrepreneurs for over two decades. She has been featured on the covers of SPIN, Ms., Relix, High Times, and many others for her music and activism.

Ani has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Grammy, the Woman of Courage Award from the National Organization for Women, the Gay/Lesbian American Music Award for Female Artist of the Year, and the Woody Guthrie Award. At the 2013 Winnipeg Folk Festival, she received their prestigious Artistic Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Winnipeg. In 2017, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from A2IM (a nonprofit trade organization that represents independent record labels) and the Outstanding Achievement for Global Activism Award from A Global Friendship.

Zoe Boekbinder (they/them) was born on an Ontario farm into a family of four children. While music wasn't very present in their upbringing, Boekbinder recalls some of their first memories as making up songs. Boekbinder’s music career began when they formed a band, with their sister Kim Boekbinder, called Vermillion Lies. Over the five years that they played together, they released two albums. 2009 saw the release of Boekbinder’s first solo album, Artichoke Perfume, recorded with friend and producer, Cesar Alvarez, in Brooklyn, NY. They went on to release two more albums, as well as 100 songs in 100 days in the midst of 2013, before their most recent release, Shadow (2018), which was both bravely political and deeply personal.

Boekbinder continues using their music as a vehicle to bring light to stories and voices otherwise unheard, lost or forgotten. Based out of New Orleans, LA, they perform both as a solo artist and in collaborations with empowering artists including Ani DiFranco, Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Neil Gaiman, Mal Blum, and Mirah.

Leyla McCalla (she/her): Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive, and contemporary.

Leyla McCalla’s Vari-Colored Songs is a celebration of the complexity of Black culture and identity, and a tribute to the legacy of poet and thinker Langston Hughes. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, McCalla sets Hughes’ poems to her own spare yet profound compositions. She juxtaposes these with arrangements of folk songs from Haiti, the first independent Black nation and the homeland of her parents, tapping into the nuances of Black experience. McCalla’s music elegantly weaves Haitian influences together with American folk music, just as Hughes incorporated Black vernacular into his remarkable poetry and the way the Haitian Kreyòl is a beacon for the survival of African identity through the brutal legacy of colonialism. This is music of reclamation, imbued with a quiet power that grapples with the immense weight of history.

Mary Gauthier & Jaimee Harris: Mary Gauthier (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, an author, and a songwriting teacher. She travels the world as a troubadour and lives in Nashville, TN. Gauthier’s first nine albums presented extraordinary confessional songs, deeply personal, profoundly emotional pieces ranging from “I Drink,” a blunt accounting of addiction, to “March 11, 1962,” the day she was born — and relinquished to an orphanage — to “Worthy,” in which the singer finally understands she is deserving of love. Maybe that's where the confessional song cycle ends, for she has mid-wifed these eleven new songs in careful collaboration with other souls whose struggle is urgent, immediate, and palpable. And none are about her. Each song on Rifles & Rosary Beads is a gut punch: deceptively simple and emotionally complex. From the opening “Soldiering On” (“What saves you in the battle/Can kill you at home”) to “Bullet Holes in the Sky” (“They thank me for my service/And wave their little flags/They genuflect on Sundays/And yes, they'd send us back”), while “Iraq” depicts the helpless horror of a female military mechanic being dehumanized and sexually harassed by fellow soldiers.

Jaimee Harris (she/her) is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. Her debut album, Red Rescue, draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable. Harris’s talent has impressed artists and critics alike. Jimmy LaFave deemed her his “new favorite” and Peter Blackstock of the Austin-American Statesman called her “one of Austin’s most promising young singer-songwriters.”

AJ Lee & Blue Summit: AJ Lee (she/her) and Blue Summit, a bluegrass band led by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, AJ Lee, has been the darling of the North Bay, California bluegrass scene since their first appearance in Santa Cruz. Drawing from influences such as swing, folk, blues, jazz, country, soul, and rock, their undeniable talent and insatiable passion for bluegrass harks back to traditional classics while remaining uniquely modern. Over the years, AJ Lee and Blue Summit's performed all around the country as well as in the UK, Ireland, and France. They've accrued many devout followers and distinctions including the Freshgrass 2019 Band Contest Winner, IBMA 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year, 2nd Place at the 2019 Winfield Guitar Competition, and numerous awards in Northern California. In 2019, AJ Lee and Blue Summit came out with their debut album, "Like I Used To," which consists entirely of AJ's original songs. Equipped with these new songs and their archive of nostalgic tunes, they'll continue playing to both familiar and new audiences, endearing themselves to the country and the world.

Stephanie Anne Johnson (they/them): A singer’s talent is complete when they can bring a crowded dive bar to a collective hush and also get one of the biggest audiences on the planet to a collective standing ovation. Stephanie Anne Johnson is that special singer. The front person for the Tacoma-based band, The Hidogs, can don a cowboy hat and sing over a slide as old timers weep. And they have wowed judges on the immensely popular NBC TV series, The Voice, showcasing their gifts. The Hidogs, which is comprised of touching pedal steel player Dan Tyack, swinging drummer Ivan Gunderson, pocket-perfect bassist Jesse Turcotte and the prolific Johnson, is a nimble quartet equal parts capable of shaking the shingles off a rooftop as making any stage feel like a Sunday service. The group’s latest LP, Take This Love, is a blend of Loretta Lynn and Valerie June. It’s a stunning catalogue of surprise and satisfaction." Stephanie Anne Johnson has opened for acts that include Mavis Staples, Cedric Burnside, and Black Joe Lewis.

Nate Lee (he/him): ​​Nate Lee is an International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning instrumentalist and renowned teacher of private lessons and music camps. A veteran performer, Nate has played with the best, including Alan Munde, David Grier, Irene Kelley, Town Mountain, and the Jim Hurst Trio. In 2017, Nate joined the award-winning Becky Buller Band as their mandolin player and twin fiddler.

​Although Nate is in demand on stage and in the studio, his first love and finest skill is teaching. Teaching professionally since 2003, Nate has gained a loyal following of students who enjoy his comprehensive teaching methods and relaxed, encouraging demeanor. With an affinity for turning beginners into jammers, and jammers into professionals, Nate has developed a curriculum that teaches you to play well with others, and become the player you’ve always wanted to be!

dow, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 00:53 (yesterday) link

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