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Friday, March 27th

sounds of Nashville

Marty Stuart (1958-, vocals, mandolin, guitar), Vince Gill (1957-, vocals, guitar), Brad Paisley (1972-, vocals, guitar), live, Nashville (Grand Ole Opry), 3/21/20

 

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Prairie Path, Bellwood)

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That’s being lonely. Lying here. Head and feet not knowing where they’ve come to.

—Eimear McBride (1976-), A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Thursday, February 6th

sounds of Austin

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

 

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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)

 

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“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


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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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“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)

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