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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 […]

An amazing amount of blues at Lamar Lounge on Thursday April 3

This is quite a list of folks who will apparently be at Lamar on Thursday in the poster below.

There is a ridiculous amount going on this week in Oxford.


The Music of the South Conference at Ole Miss April 2nd and 3rd

There’s a lot going on in Oxford later this week. Wednesday and Thursday, Southern Studies is holding the annual Music of the South conference, starting with a brown bag lecture at noon “Songwriter’s Roundtable,” followed at 1 by Jake Fussell with a talk on contemporary corridos from the South (corridos are story-songs or […]

“I might have been a lawyer…”

Here’s a bit of video from Bill Kitchen (thanks to Ben Sandmel on Facebook).  Lyrics below

I might have been a lawyer (but I couldn’t pass the bar) No one’s sworn to secrecy in the courtroom of swinging doors, And it’s hard to hid the evidence if it’s coming out your pores. Here comes […]

W.C. Handy’s Orchestra, in Memphis, circa 1910


Handy’s Orchestra

This is the orchestra the year after they’d moved from Clarksdale, Mississippi, where they had been the Knights of Pithias Orchestra, and about four years before Handy adapted “Mr. Crump Don’t ‘Low” into “The Memphis Blues” and discovered that there was a fortune to be made in publishing blues music. […]

Merry Christmas


Party for Santa Claus

thanks to Lord Nelson.

Yes, Anderson. Lord Nelson.  This one was from Tobago (I wrote Trinidad before I got the link).

Some thoughts about what is great about Johnny Cash, from Michiko Kakutani at the NY Times

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 […]

Otis Spann, “A Sad Day in Texas”

“if I ever get my hands on a dollar again, I’m going to hold on it till that eagle screams.”


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 […]