IAN ZACK: Say No To The Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Reverend Gary Davis

Say No To The Devil

          IAN ZACK Say No To The Devil: The Live and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis University of Chicago Press www.press.uchicago.edu   When someone like Bob Dylan says he’s “One of the wizards of modern music,” pay attention. And if you’re a blues aficionado, you … → read more

BOB DYLAN: Shadows In The Night

          Bob Dylan Shadows In The Night Columbia 88875057962 www.columbiarecords.com   I once asked the late Mimi Baez Farińa what Bob Dylan is like as a person. She replied that she didn’t know because she hadn’t seen him in awhile and he changes all the time. … → read more

BOB DYLAN and THE BAND: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11

          Bob Dylan and The Band The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 Columbia Legacy 888750 161222 www.legacyrecordings.com   A legend in their time, Bob Dylan’s basement tapes were informal sessions recorded on three sites (one a basement) between March 1967 and February 1968 … → read more

Bob Dylan’s Desire

Last week, I posted about Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane,” his song about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was twice convicted for a triple homicide and spent almost twenty years in prison before being exonerated in 1985. Carter became a controversial cause célèbre in large part because of Dylan’s song, which was the centerpiece … → read more

Here Comes the Story of the Hurricane

Bob Dylan visiting Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in prison before launching the “Night of the Hurricane” benefit concert, part of the Rolling Thunder Revue Tour (1975) [Note: Just as this post was being finalized, news broke of Rubin Carter’s death. You can read his obituary here. May he rest in peace.] … → read more

Delia’s Gone – A Digital Compendium, 1993 – Present

Note: This is Part 2 of a two part series on “Delia’s Gone” –  See also Part 1 Introduction Today’s post isn’t about Johnny Cash’s song “The Beast in Me“, but it is all about restraint, and lack thereof.  After all, when a man sings about tying a woman to … → read more

Lake Marie

Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs. I remember when Kris Kristofferson first brought him on the scene. All that stuff about “Sam Stone” the soldier junky daddy and “Donald and Lydia,” where people make love from ten miles away. … → read more

Favorite Albums of 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! We asked our esteemed group of regular reviewers to fire off a list of what they thought the best albums of 2013. As we dash out the door for the year, we’re happy to share a first swipe of their replies with you! Enjoy the evening’s … → read more