Chasing Omie: eighth blackbird and Bryce Dessner’s ‘Murder Ballades’

eighth blackbird (photo by saverio truglia)

Murder Ballades I attended eighth blackbird’s performance of Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades few weeks ago, on Good Friday, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Matthew Duvall, eighth blackbird’s percussionist, had mentioned the performance on our Facebook page, and encouraged me to attend the show. eighth blackbird is a … → read more

Interlude: Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene An “Interlude” post, in our use, is not necessarily a connection between one piece of music and another, but an exploration of artistic work with close thematic engagement with murder ballads. It’s a step outside our “song of the week” or “digital compendium” modes, and a way to … → read more

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley

G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter [This is the second post this week on “Tom Dooley.” The first post gives the basics of the underlying story.] Hardly a fiddler or a banjo picker in our county… “I’ll tell you all Verlee and I can remember about Tom Dula…. Laura Foster was a cousin … → read more

Eileen Interview, Part Two

Christine Stulik (photo by Logan Futej) This is part two of our interview with Eileen, and the third post of the week.  You can read the first part of the interview here, and read our introduction to their song “I’ll Lay You Down” here. MBM:  Let’s talk about some other … → read more

Eileen Interview, Part One

Becky Poole (photo by Logan Futej) Here is Part One of our interview with the Chicago-based duo, Eileen.  Today, we meet the duo and dive more deeply into the song “I’ll Lay You Down,” which we introduced in the previous post.MBM:  Who is Eileen?  How did you come together? Christine … → read more

I’ll Lay You Down

Eileen, the band (Christine Stulik [l] and Becky Poole [r], photo by Logan Futej) Prelude (or Preamble, take your pick) “The murders of men tend not to alarm us because, on a certain level, we perceive men as voluntarily accepting risks by leaving the protective bubble of the community to … → read more

“He’s dressed himself in silk so rare.”

Tim Eriksen – from his Facebook fan page Our initial post this week took up the first of our two goals; to look more closely at Tim Eriksen‘s work and place it in the context of how we experience murder ballads at their most powerful.  In checking out two new … → read more

Postlude: Remembering Doc

Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) If there are patron saints for this blog, Doc Watson is one of them, at least for me.  With apologies to my dad, who was the acoustic guitar player with whom I was most familiar as a child, there was … → read more