There’s a train a-coming: “People Get Ready” – CwD10

Curtis Mayfield (uncredited image, source: official Mayfield Facebook page)

“I would think that a movement without music would crumble. Music picks up people’s spirits. Anytime you can get something that lifts your spirits and also speaks to the reality of your life, even the reality of oppression, and at the same time is talking about how you can really … → read more

“Won’t You Come and Sing for Me?” – CwD 9

“I feel the shadows now upon me…” I remember driving to Mt. Greylock with Pat one time, telling him about a singer I had just discovered. I said she had the kind of voice I’d like to hear on my deathbed. This meant something to me more than just that … → read more

MARTHA REDBONE ROOTS PROJECT: The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake

Martha Redbone Roots Project: The Garden of Love

            MARTHA REDBONE ROOTS PROJECT The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake Blackfeet Productions 93001 www.martharedbone.com/   With the knife guitar slashes’ ominous undertones that open this disc, we know that long-ago London’s bard, artist and mystic William Blake (1757-1827) might have found a … → read more

RIP Bobby “Blue” Bland

Bobby "Blue" Bland

Robert Calvin Bland, better known as Bobby “Blue” Bland, the “Lion of the Blues,” passed away on Sunday, June 23rd, after fighting an ongoing illness. Bland was 83-years-old and leaves behind a legacy of blues, gospel and R&B that has garnered him comparisons with other vocal legends such as Sam … → read more

JOHNNY CASH: Bootleg Vols. III & IV

            JOHNNY CASH Bootleg Vol. III: Live Around the World Columbia/Legacy 88697 930032             JOHNNY CASH Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth Columbia/Legacy 88697 985382 www.legacyrecordings.com www.johnnycash.com   The tapping of the vast Johnny Cash tape archive continues with … → read more

CD RECOMMENDATION – JERIMOTH HILL’S “THE HALFWAY GROUND”

I receive approximately one dozen CD’s each week. Every now and then I receive a recording that reminds me of what first attracted me to folk music and why the music became an important part of my life. Jerimoth Hill’s debut CD “The Halfway Ground” is one of those CD’s. … → read more