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Monday, July 4th

Happy Fourth!

Let’s celebrate by remembering three giants.

Ralph Stanley, singer, banjo player, February 25, 1927-June 23, 2016

“Little Maggie,” live (TV show), Austin, Tx., 1980


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Bernie Worrellkeyboard player, April 19, 1944-June 24, 2016

Live (with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic), Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 2004


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Scotty Moore, guitar player, December 27, 1931-June 28, 2016

“Blue Suede Shoes” (with Elvis Presley), live, 1956


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radio

Today, Louis Armstrong’s adopted birthday, it’s all Louis all day at WKCR (Columbia University).

Thursday, April 7th

passings

Merle Haggard, singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, April 6, 1937-April 6, 2016

Today, remembering him, we revisit a few favorites.

“I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” (L. Anderson, C. Anderson), live (TV show), 1966


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“Working Man Blues” (M. Haggard), live (TV show), 1978


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“Today I Started Loving You Again” (M. Haggard, B. Owens), with Tammy Wynette, live, England (Wemberly), 1988

Thursday, April 2nd

More of Buddy M.

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, The Lone Bellow (27:50-), Rosanne Cash (1:08:05-), live, New York, 8/9/14

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random sights

Tuesday, Columbus Park, Chicago

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Tuesday, March 31st

two takes

Buddy Miller, “Chalk” (J. Miller), live

With Don Was (bass), et al., 2007


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With Patty Griffin (vocals), et al., San Francisco, 2010

 

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art beat: more from Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), Ann—In Memory, 1954

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Wednesday, March 18th

Feeling glum?

Not for long.

Jim Campilongo & Honeyfingers,* live, New York, 2013


*JC, guitar; Luca Benedetti, guitar; Jonny Lam, lap steel guitar; Catherine Popper, bass; Shawn Pelton, drums.

Tuesday, February 17th

white folks got soul, too
(day two)

Tony Joe White & Shelby Lynne, live, Nashville, 2010

“Rainy Night in Georgia” (T. J. White)


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“Can’t Go Back Home” (T. J. White)


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reading table

“Did I forget to mention that when you’re dead

You’re dead a long time.

My uncle, dying, told me this when asked, Why stay here for such suffering.”

—Lucie Brock-Broido, “Currying the Fallow-Colored Horse” (Stay, Illusion)

Monday, February 16th

white folks got soul, too
(day one)

More of Lucinda W.

Lucinda Williams (with Tony Joe White [harmonica, guitar], et al.), “West Memphis” (L. Williams), recording session, 2014


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reading table

Why am I now a walking accident waiting to happen? Why am I more worried about that than whether there’s an afterlife?

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I don’t look in mirrors anymore. It’s cheaper than surgery.

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Bonding heads the list of words I’ve ruled out. Emerson was right—as he was about everything: an infinite remoteness underlies us all. And what’s wrong with that? Remoteness joins us as much as it separates us, but in a way that’s truly mysterious, yet completely adequate for the life ongoing.

—Richard Ford, “I’m Here” (Let Me Be Frank With You)

Saturday, February 14th

Something cheery to start the weekend.

Lucinda Williams, “It’s Gonna Rain” (L. Williams), live (studio performance), Seattle, 2/11/15

 

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reading table

How can you give orders when nobody is listening?

—John Ashbery, “Be Careful What You Wish For” (New York Review of Books, 3/5/15)

 

Saturday, February 7th

basement jukebox

Hank Snow (1914-1999), “Honeymoon on a Rocket Ship”(C. E. “Hank” Snow, J. Masters), 1953

Friday, January 16th

How many of today’s songs will people want to hear in 2078?

Hank Williams (1923-1953), live (TV show), 1952

“Cold, Cold Heart”

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“I Can’t Help It If I’m Still in Love with You” (with Anita Carter)

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