Michiko Kakutani has a really moving review of a new Johnny Cash biography, by Robert Hilburn, that is as good as anything I’ve read for describing the strengths of Cash’s music. It begins:
Johnny Cash’s life was a country song full of love and loss, passion and heartbreak — grief, loneliness, guilt, faith, melodrama [...]
Some Bessie Smith, in response to Anderson’s comment. But it is always a good moment to listen to Bessie Smith.
While on music topics, my iPhone’s random play did something truly strange today. First, it played the live version of Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” from the documentary No Direction Home. Then it played the song [...]
Robert Gordon’s fascinating Stax book is going to be featured on Thacker Mountain Radio tomorrow, with some YalaSoulwackers Stax music to go with it. I’m going to be there.
The quote is from Isaac Hayes’s high school friend / trumpet player’s description of the impact of his hitting, bigtime, with Hot Buttered Soul (containing [...]
Last night, Joyce and I co-hosted a party at our office just off the Square for Representative Bobby Moak. If you are interested in Mississippi blues, the biggest thing was that we had bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch from Bruce rocking the house (well, the front yard).
Welch was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in [...]
A great Randy Newman song you might have missed, “Potholes.”
I was reading a local blog I’ve grown to like, Deep Fried Kudzu, and hit a phrase (from a press release) that sets my teeth on edge. Discussing a show of paintings by Memphian Carroll Cloar, the press release states that the Southern states are the “last guards of old, weird America ”
Here’s John Lydon today.
Here he was in 1977.
He means it, man.
Oddest footnote: So I search in Google Videos for “Sex Pistols God Save Queen.” The third alternate choice on the right side was Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers playing “Dixie.”
From a BuzzFeed list which offers conclusive evidence punk is [...]
Yes, I’m giving a hat tip to my daughter, Sarah Simonson, for this video. I am pretty sure I’ve posted about New Orleans bounce before, but I can’t find it…
Just got this email from the Lyric Theater in Oxford:
We regret to inform you that the show: Cannon Motor Company Presents Al Green with Jackie Wilson Martin has been cancelled. A full refund will be issued to the credit card on file. Please allow 3-5 business days for this transaction to appear on [...]