Everything about this is masterful, the song (by Guy Clark, funnily I couldn’t find a single version of this by himself so I am not sure if he even recorded it himself), the vocals by Mr. Lovett and the musical arrangement/accompaniment, especially the lap steel guitar. Not to mention beautiful. An ode to simple living, filled with music and memories.
Read this brief, but spot-on story about the new blood being infused into the Country Music scene in the mid-1980’s over at Acoustic Guitar Magazine. I am glad to be able to truthfully state that I was with them both (and a host of other artists mentioned in the article) from early on as I bought both Guitar Town and Guitars Cadillacs Etc., Etc. pretty much when they came out (on vinyl back then of course.
Rebels With A Cause How Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle Saved Country Music
Dwight Yoakam : Guitars Cadillacs
Steve Earle : My Old Friend The Blues
Plus, Steve Earle can be seen playing a Martin 15 Series guitar in the article closely related to the one I do (although he undoubtedly does so much better than me)
One of my favorite Canadian artists (not surprising with a name of his band like this), name-checking two of my other favorite Canadian musicians, Tim Hus and Stompin’ Tom Connors. No wonder I love this.
I had never heard of Caitlin Canty before until discovering her Acoustic Guitar Magazine session earlier today. This is fabulous stuff.
‘Tis indeed. The coolest song and video I have heard and seen in a long, long time.
A bit more straight up Country than I usually listen to, but this performance is just too good. The sheer amount of enthusiasm by Stompin’ Tom, the band and not forgetting the dancing woman, is nothing short of genius.
This release touches some of my main concerns at the moment, music and Native American interest. I haven’t got the album yet, but have recently ordered it. I will be writing more about it once I have got the album and had the chance to engange with it properly. In the meantime, here’s a link to a short video on YouTube explaining what the project is about.
For more information, please also check the following link to the label website.
This kind of music has been done more or less exactly like this for ages, but this still sounds as fresh, enthusiastic and downright excellent as you can get. I especially love those twangy guitar solos.
‘May You Always have cows around’. Exactly my words. And what a lot of fun this is.
Splendid mix/show on Mixcloud, investigating the roots of todays Country/Alternative Country music scene. an outstanding, expertly compiled mix full of old-timey Country music nuggets,