Sunday, July 23, 2017

Playlist July 2017

Odetta My Eyes Have Seen/The Tin Angel/At The Gate Of Horn (2 CD)

Lead Belly American Epic

The Carter Family American Epic

Laura Nyro More Than A New Discovery and Eli And The Thirteenth Confession

Fairport Convention Heyday: The BBC Radio Sessions 1968-69 

Father John Misty Pure Comedy

Bonnie "Prince" Billy Best Troubador

Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers

Henry Thomas Texas Worried Blues: Complete Recorded Works (1927 - 1929)


Odetta is awesome. I was lucky enough to see one of her last shows. Her music is eternal. This is a nice little collection.

The American Epic documentary on Early American Music on PBS is great. Check it out here... There is also a book and some CD's. The selections of Carter Family and Lead Belly classics are fantastic.

Listening to the first two Laura Nyro albums. No particular reason. I've liked her for a while and I guess it's time for a deep dive into her catalog.

Heyday is a gem - Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, and Iain Matthews of British folk rockers Fairport Convention record several cool covers for John Peel back in the day, including ones by Gene Clark and Richard Fariña. Great!

Bonnie "Prince" Billy's tribute to the late Merle Haggard is very good, even if you don't know Haggard's material.

Barbara Dane, currently celebrating her 90th birthday with a series of concerts, is one of our finest singers and really shines here with The Chambers Brothers in this 1966 classic.

Henry Thomas: His music will make you happy. Wikipedia explains it so much better than I can... Henry Thomas (1874-19??) was an African-American (pre-World War II) country blues singer. His legacy has been sustained by four songs. "Fishin' Blues" was covered by Taj Mahal and The Lovin' Spoonful. "Bull Doze Blues" was recorded by Canned Heat with new lyrics, retitled "Goin' Up The Country" feat in the Woodstock movie/soundtrack and countless TV commercials. "Don't Ease Me In" (AKA "Don't Leave Me Here") was covered by the Grateful Dead on their album Go to Heaven; and "Honey Won't You Allow Me One More Chance" was covered by Bob Dylan (as "Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance") on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Thomas was born in Big Sandy, Texas. He began his musical career as an itinerant songster (minstrel), and recorded twenty-three sides for Vocalion Records between 1927 and 1929. Thomas accompanied himself on guitar and on quills, a folk instrument fabricated from cane reeds. The instrument is similar in sound to the zampona, used by musicians in Peru and Bolivia. His springy guitar-playing, probably inspired by banjo-picking styles, implies that he was used to performing for dances. 

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