I am in dive bar – the other side of the tracks – literally – in Jacksonville FL. Living in the Past – Jethro Tull on the jukebox. Has any music been MORE out of place. Over to you ……
By the wonders of a new turntable and a Sonos system – i have just showered with Deacon Blue. if there is anyone else in then world who would care – apart from me – its you folks. When I bought the record – Raintown – since you did not ask – for $6.49 at the HMV shop in Darlington 32 years ago – did I ever imagine it would follow me through half a dozen homes – being played in 2019 in a Michigan college town. I did not – but I am kinda happy it did. Just got the vinyl pulled out of a the basement and back on the turntable where it should be. I am a man of the past. I am old
Saw Richard Thompson in Detroit on Friday night. Standing only venue – with about 200 men of a certain age watching. He was of course marvelous. A great new album, extraordinary playing and his voice is still great at 69. Playing tunes from Fairport days – 50 damn years.
Question was asked by my friend – why is RT NOT Eric Clapton – ie – stadium gigs, widespread recognition etc. RT plays better, sings better and has written better songs.
We had a one word answer – “Cream” – but surely there is more to it.
In London on vacation for a few days. Sitting outside at the Founders Arms on the South Bank by the Tate Modern. Sat next to a table of two “elderly” men and a bored looking woman discussing all sorts of musical bollocks – Beatles vs Stones, “mid period” Bowie, and the performance of Mr Clapton in the park. Ms DrewToo commented that they “must” be part of the Afterword madness? Was she right?
It might as well be me.
Let’s hope this IS the result. I shall be in Edinburgh tomorrow evening on vacation – I am sure the lovely Scots will be happy tune the pub tv to the football…..
So i came through Nashville airport today. I was in the airline lounge – a very small affair at Nashville for Delta. The scruffy crazy bearded man 5 seats away – travelling with his kid – Steve Earle. What do you do? Whats the protocol? This man has made some my favorite music. He is about to leave. Eyes meet. A star struck 56 year old grown – assed man says – “Sorry (I am English after all) – but are you Steve Earle? – (affirmative). I just want to thank you for your art – I have seen you many times in concert – thank you”. Hands were shaken – smiles given – talk of too much travelling.
After he left – the lady across the aisle said ‘who was that’ – “never heard of him”…………..the importance of the moment in the big world is explained!
My day is made – I am home in Michigan playing Transcendental Blues way too loud.
So Mrs DT and I have a few days in Northern Italy coming up at the end of the month. We have 5 days to get from Como to Venice. We have a car. We like exploring town, cities, history and trying to slip in a little (well – a lot) of eating and drinking along the way. We could read guide books or scour the internet – or I could just the ask smart folks. What do you recommend………
Another marvelous song fro Jason Isbell from his album arriving in June.
Quite possibly the most simplest direct song he has ever written – and appropriately sang with his wife Amanda Shires
From the Jason Isbell album due in couple of months. A song of protest – a song of hope – “last year was a son of a bitch for nearly everyone we know”. Ms. Drewtoo cried when she heard it. L
This is the best thing I have heard all year – the detail, the mood.
So I am going to be in London on 25th March – a single night before returning to my Michigan home. Just wondering if anyone would like to meet for a pint or two and musings on the byways of popular culture.
At the Trump inauguration concert he has just walked on to the Rolling Stones – Heart of Stone
There’s been so many girls that I’ve known I’ve made so many cry, and still I wonder why Here comes a little girl, I see her walking down the street She’s all by herself, I try to knock her off her feet ‘Cause you’ll never break, never break, never break, never break This heart of stone, oh no, no, this heart of stone What’s different about her I don’t really know No matter how I try, I just can’t make her cry ‘Cause you’ll never break, never break, never break, never break This heart of stone, oh no, no, this heart of stone Don’t keep on looking that same old way If you try acting sad, you’ll only make me glad Better listen little girl, if you going walking down the street I ain’t got no love, I ain’t the kind to meet ‘Cause you’ll never break, never break, never break, never break This heart of stone, oh no, no, you’ll never break this heart of stone darling No no this heart of stone You’ll never break it darling You won’t break » Continue Reading.
After months of deliberation, review reading (including posts on this very site) and procrastination I have finally taken the plunge. I am walking around my house in wonder – 3 speakers perfectly synchronized. Push of a couple of buttons – my library, Apple music, Pandora, an incredible and perhaps unnecessary quantity of radio stations. No screwing about with the damn Bluetooth. They even look good. Music listening rejuvenated etc etc.
I am a fan!
Does anyone else still do this? Harking back to the old days of the 5 CD auto changer – despite streaming everything from iTunes I still find myself assembling 5 albums shuffling the mix. Random but not “too” random. A little old, a little new, some rock, some mellow – oh you get the idea. As I type I am listening to a shuffle of – Go Go Penguin – Man Made Object Applewood Road – Applewood Road Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time Ryan Adams – 1989 Mavis Staples – Living on a High Note
City Winery, Nashville, TN
The”IT” couple of Americana, playing an acoustic hometown gig. A 300 seat venue we were lucky to get tickets. They were very relaxed and clearly enjoying themselves. A set from Amanda first being joined by Jason on the final two songs after a brief break Jason and Amanda return. The set list concentrating on the songs from Something More Than Free and Southeastern and a couple of Drive By Trucker songs – Outfit and Decoration Day. The duo set up, the harmony voices, the fiddle/guitar combination just works so well – the perfect way to present his excellent songs
50 year old, boots, jeans and plaid shirts. Nashville!
It made me think..
All gigs should be like this , excellent food and drink served before the concert ,stay at you seat at the table and watch the gig. Wonderful
I found out earlier this week that Curtis (from Ohio) died suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack back in September. He was 56. My family and I were lucky enough to meet Curtis and some of his family on half a dozen occasions when passing through Cincinnati. I only knew him briefly but he was a fine man, full of passion for life and in particular music.
I debated long and hard about posting. Whats the protocol for this sort of thing ? I know he connected with many on this site so I thought it best to pass the news on.
Back in September, Curtis had posted his “Top 100” – this week I have found myself going back to that list. No 1 – was “Do You Realize?” from The Flaming Lips. The lyrics seem wonderfully appropriate. Play it LOUD.
Do you realize?, that you have the most beautiful face Do you realize?, we’re floating in space, Do you realize?, that happiness makes you cry Do you realize?, that everyone you know someday will die And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know You realize that life goes fast It’s hard to make the » Continue Reading.
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
Opener William Tyler playing his trademark solo guitar with effects pedals, dials, knobs, feedback loops. Not a great show to watch but close your eyes and the atmosphere works well. Wilco stated with the new album – straight through, no introductions. The songs working even better live than on the album. Then its off to the greatest hits – picking mainly for the last 4 albums – this is the Wilco of sonicscapes – ballads turning into crunching guitar solos – and back to the ballad. The final encore is “acoustic” – a mini drum kit, banjos, steel guitars. Misundertood working really well – and finishing with Shot in the Arm – and the whole audience chanting “something in my veins – bloodier than blood”
A majority of male , middle aged that you would expect but a good sprinkling of young student types – this is a college town.
It made me think..
Damn they are good musicians- i was expecting the guitar of Nels Kline to impress but the drumming – wow – never seen such “expressive” drumming. A band at the very top of their game
The new album is available streaming on NPR “First Listen”. I may be biased as I am in a very mellow mood – vacation, sitting on a deck in a Lake Michigan town halfway through a decent bottle of Pinot Noir – but it sounds damn fine to me.
So you have had a good day – you “did”your job – or you had a bad day and the job sucks. You are driving home – and you are in your little metal box and you need THAT song – the one you sing along too – the one that gets you up when your down – the one that gets you further up when you are up. So what is it. Mine ? I give you The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations.
The Ark, Ann Arbor, MIchigan.
Solo Lloyd – a man, a guitar and 30 odd years of songs. Playing the new album -Standards- and plenty of “old” both popular and obscure – (that’s Why I Love. Country Music and Hey Rusty). Between song banter was witty and self depreciating – ” here’s another song with the same chords” A great night.
53 year old folks who have followed him since the eighties. Many couples – Lloyd thanked the spouses that had been dragged along by their partner.
It made me think..
He was writing about middle aged angst when he was 23.
Wonderful stuff – and that lady has a tattoo of Alabama on her arm!
Led Zeppelin/Xylophones/Kids – sure – why not!