The King, the Queen, her lover and his death – the Bonnie Earl of Moray – Introduction.

James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray   This week in Murder Ballad Monday we return to the murky, murderous past of Scotland, as we explore another one of Francis James Child’s collected ballads from Scotland and England. The plot reads like a Hollywood historical blockbuster. Two nobles in dispute over … → read more

Lament(s) for the Late A.D. — American Skin, pt. 3

This is the third post in a series on Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)” and related songs. Read the first post here, and the second one here. “We don’t want to bring our politics to ya…” Remember that quote from Sam Cooke on our post about Bob Dylan’s voice? … → read more

Woody Guthrie House To Be Rebuilt

What once stood as a two-story, six-room house that belonged to Woody Guthrie is now just a mass of overgrown weeds and a sandstone foundation. However, this abandoned lot will not remain vacant for much longer. On Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm, a benefit concert is being held … → read more