I don’t know if anyone has come across these before, but I found an NPR Tiny Desk Concert on YouTube this evening and they are great.
They are just three or four song acoustic sets played in NPR’s offices. There are loads by people I have heard of (Pixies, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, Natalie Merchant) and many I haven’t.
If I’ve done this properly, this post should include Lyle Lovett, which IMO is sublime.
I just saw that Billy Sherrill, who produced Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue, has passed away.
As a somewhat love-sick 17 year old, I was very taken with Mr Costello’s version of Sweet Dreams. As I recall, the single had a cover of Jack Kittel’s Psycho on the B-side. I liked that too, but not because I was love-sick.
Almost Blue was my gateway to Patsy Cline and Gram Parsons and it is still one of my favourite Elvis Costello albums. There’s a documentary (Edit: I see it’s the South Bank Show) about the making of Almost Blue, which I remember as being good. I see it’s on YouTube, so that’s my next hour sorted.
Billy Sherrill also co-wrote Stand By Your Man. I find Tammy Wynette’s version a bit cloying, but I like Lyle Lovett’s. I was going to pop that in here too, but I don’t know if I can, so I will (try to) be the first to comment on my own post and put it there.