VARIOUS ARTISTS: You Are There

          Various Artists You Are There Shanachie 622 www.shanachie.com   Back in the previous century’s videocassette era, Shanachie put out a series of early-1950s live performances by country acts (including Chet Atkins, Ernest Tubb and Marty Robbins) that had been excellently filmed by Al Gannaway. Most … → read more

Conversations with Death – 2 – “So Says the Whippoorwill”

Richard Shindell The Lost Mountaineer I’m too attached to the legacy of dead musicians. The musicians who left us early in their lives are particularly compelling to me–Sam Cooke, Steve Goodman, Stan Rogers, Kate Wolf, Dave Carter. My personal list is surely longer. You will have your own list of … → read more

HANK WILLIAMS: The Legend Begins

      HANK WILLIAMS The Legend Begins:    Rare and Unreleased Recordings TimeLife 26414D www.timelife.com/ www.hankwilliams.com/   A terrific set of hard-to-find, material from one of the undisputed masters of the early days of country music. The first two discs offer clear remasterings of his eight previously out-of-print 15-minute … → read more

The Folk Singer, The Mercy Seat

This week, I’ll explore the dialogue between Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, two great modern murder balladeers who wrestled with themes of redemption and retribution as they explored crime, death, love, isolation, religion and the myths and musical roots of the American Old West. In today’s post, I’ll cover the … → read more