Filed under Bluegrass

Longevity of Country Music?

This is from Bob Stanley’s brilliant book, Yeah Yeah Yeah: “Almost every genre in this story so far has withered in its effectiveness after a wile, been absorbed or usurped, or at least stopped adding significant new ideas to the mix; the chart lifespan of any new genre is usualy 5 years from start to … Continue reading

Belgian Bluegrass

I’ve just been to see the film, ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ and what a roller coaster it is. Part romance, part musical documentary, it is brilliant. Based on a play by Carl Joss and Johan Heldenbergh who also plays the lead, it follows the romance between a carefree tattoo artist and a banjo player in … Continue reading

The Ultimate Wedding Song

I recently heard an interview on radio when this song was mentioned as having been sung by a groom at his wedding. It is an incredible song, and here sung by one of the greats, John Prine: And her

Reinterpreting, Redefining  Classic Pop Songs

Reinterpreting, Redefining Classic Pop Songs

If a song is truly great, it is robust enough to be reinterpreted in other styles, and that the great singers choose to do so. If nothing else, it brings the song to a completely different audience. One of the most impressive re-interpretations of a song was done by Johnny Cash, with his version of … Continue reading

More Punk Stuff

More Punk Stuff

The second episode of Punk Britannia covered 1976-8, when it was still a tiny movement, until the Sex Pistols appeared as a replacement on a talk show, when they were provoked to utter a few expletives, and all of a sudden the scene exploded. Journalist Tony Parsons said, “This was our music, our time, there … Continue reading

The Genius that is Steve Martin

The Genius that is Steve Martin

This man is so busy and talented I needed to lie down before putting this post togetehr. It just isn’t fair on the rest of us. This is one of the funniest clips I’ve ever seen, and I have no idea how he did it, this is ‘The Great Flydini’ on Johnny Carson. Make sure … Continue reading

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

I have just listened to a BBC documentary by no less than Rosanne Cash on the life and music of Bobbie Gentry, described as one of the most gifted and enigmatic of American singer-songwriters, though most people would only now remember her for her ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ that won the Grammy for 1967. This … Continue reading

Songs About Witches and Spells

Songs About Witches and Spells

Rock’n’roll is said b y some to be the devil’s music, but it has surprisingly few songs about the dark forces. But there are some good ones. Here’s Hocus Pocus, by Dutch band Focus. Keyboardist Thijs van Leer is claimed to ┬áhave the biggest vocal range on the planet. Lock up your dogs and cats … Continue reading

Songs About Dying

Songs About Dying

This is not a maudlin post, but some of ┬áthe great songs come under this category. If you peruse the titles of folk blues and country it is an incredibly common topic. It’s the one thing we can’t escape, so as the rain continues to poor and the Redland May Fair has been cancelled for … Continue reading

Songs About the Moon

Songs About the Moon

Tonight the moon is going to be big, as it has its closest approach to the earth this year. Hope the sky is clear so we can all go out and look at it. so, here are some songs about our nearest neighbour. This is the wonderfully clunky Stargazers with ‘I See The Moon’. It … Continue reading