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Great Bill Withers interview about making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rolling Stone talked to Bill Withers (“Lean on Me” “Ain’t no Sunshine”) about making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The interview is hilarious, a must read even if you care about neither the hall of fame nor Withers.  A couple of highlights:

If you think about it, it’s an odd collection of [...]

New Orleans music great Cosimo Matassa has died at 88

Certainly the most important non-musician to recording in New Orleans after WWII, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, has died at age 88.

In 1945, Cosimo Matassa, a New Orleanean who tinkered with electronics, opened a recording studio on Rampart Street. In 1956, he moved to a slightly larger space on [...]

My Paperback Sharona mashup from Mark Vidler

The music and video are well worth the ride.

B.B. King’s last Indianola homecoming concert, Sunday 5/25/14

He will be playing for free in the afternoon in the park.  The festival closer at Club Ebony will be a show with Bobby Rush instead of B.B. King.

This is truly the end of an era, and of a historic run.  I’ve very glad of all the times I saw him perform, [...]

Picture of the day

I don’t know anything about this picture except what is evident on the image itself– she’s playing a right-handed banjo upside down (look where the peg for the short string is) and it’s fretless.  This is a wonderful old picture.

Quote of the Day

Once introducing himself to Bob Dylan at an L.A. party, Grant offered a warm handshake. “I’m Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin,” he said. Dylan replied, “I don’t come to you with my problems, do I?” It was the only time I’d ever seen Grant at a loss for words.

Cameron Crowe

Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith gets a New York Times obituary

Last weekend, I wrote about the death of Arthur “Boogie” Smith, a pioneering country music figure, great guitarist, and songwriter.  Today, he got a New York Times obituary.

Country guitarist Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith has died

Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith has died at 93. Probably his most important recording (as opposed to his most famous) was “Guitar Boogie,” which was close to the first country record with guitars playing straight-up boogie woogie parts.  There’s a nice obituary on the Charlotte Observer site.

He said it was not anything he learned [...]

Bobby Rush, Vashti Jackson, and Jesse Robinson play the Lamar Lounge in Oxford

Today was an over-the-top Oxford day– the Southern Culture Center’s Music Conference, Thacker Mountain, a reception for the blues show at the University Museum, a Mississippi all-star blues concert at the Lamar Lounge.   We took in a lot of it, but the highlight was the blues show at the Lamar.

This was one [...]

Madonna records bluegrass album for Cracker Barrel

Mandolin Cafe has the most interesting report of the day:

Lebanon, Tenn. — Cracker Barrel and pop legend Madonna have announced collaboration on a new project entitled Bluegrass Material Girl, a collection of traditional acoustic string band music featuring her vocals in the style of Bill Monroe.

Backed by some of the finest [...]