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Thursday, February 6th

sounds of Austin

Terry Allen, “Bottom of the World” (T. Allen), live (studio), Austin, 2013




random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, June 19th

what’s new

Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder (with John Leventhal [guitar], Joachim Cooder [drums], et al.), live, last night, Chicago (Chicago Theatre)

“Long Black Veil” (Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin)



“Ring of Fire” (June Carter Cash, Merle Kilgore)


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


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

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


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

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




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

Thursday, April 7th


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


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


“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



random sights

Tuesday, Columbus Park, Chicago


Tuesday, March 31st

two takes

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

With Don Was (bass), et al., 2007


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




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

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



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)


“Can’t Go Back Home” (T. J. White)



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



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?


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


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




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)


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