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Electric Twist

A Fine Frenzy

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Lucinda Williams- Right In Time

There are few songs that do a better job of describing the sweet-and-sour emotion of longing.  Every note is full of yearning, of lust, of desire.  The way that she moans out “oh, my baby” captures more feeling than most artists can in a whole song.  And yet, it still manages to be the opposite of mopey.  It has the excitement that comes with wanting someone, and also happens to be extremely catchy, as so many of Lucinda’s songs are.  A masterpiece, and the opener from an album that’s as close to perfect as you can get.

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What I remember most about the AP obituary that ran fifteen years ago tomorrow was its brevity — given that it was written for one of the most influential songwriters of our time — and a quote from Katie Belle, Townes Van Zandt’s five-year-old daughter who was with him: “Daddy’s having a fight with his heart.”

When he died at age 52 on New Year’s Day 1997, fans of the legendary Texas singer-songwriter were saddened but not surprised. He had, after all, named his 1972 album The Late Great Townes Van Zandt— possibly a joke about his perpetual obscurity, or possibly because he and everyone who knew him thought he would die young like Hank Williams (who also died on January 1st). As his friend Guy Clark said at the memorial, “I booked this gig thirty-something years ago.” Townes’s seemingly brief turn on this plane was characterized by staggeringly self-annihilating behavior — behavior that had in many ways defined that turn, and has often overshadowed the powerful and transcendent body of work he left behind.
If I had a nickel I’d find a game.

If I won a dollar I’d make it rain.

If it rained an ocean I’d drink it dry

And lay me down dissatisfied.

— from “Rex’s Blues”
Townes’s obituary offered just enough room to recap a few basic facts: that his songs were recorded by singers more famous than he would ever be, including Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson; that though he sang about prostitutes and bums and emulated Lightnin’ Hopkins, he was the scion of a prominent Texas oil family; and, the often-told tale, that Steve Earle once threatened to jump on Bob Dylan’s coffee table to proclaim just who was the better songwriter. The obituary politely left it to Van Zandt’s lyrics (from “A Song For”) to hint at his lifelong struggles with mental illness and addiction: “There’s nowhere left in this world where to go. My arms, my legs they’re a tremblin’. Thoughts both clouded and blue as the sky, not even worth the rememberin’.”

The day after New Year’s 1997, I was working at Streetlight Records in San Francisco. A co-worker gingerly handed me the newspaper, fearing I’d be crushed. He knew that I had interviewed Townes a few years back. One of the last things I’d heard Townes say was, “I wish you could help me, Aretha” — a line I withheld from publication, as well as a few other sections of our conversation, including a part about how many rehab facilities and mental institutions Townes had visited over the years. I’ve been mystified by my reticence to print these moments ever since. I have no excuse other than that I was in my early 20s and more of a fan than a journalist.

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Country legend, Loretta Lynn, featuring Jack White

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Just the Motion - Richard & Linda Thompson

The Theme Is…Long Tunes

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Jerry Jeff Walker - L.A. Freeway (Guy Clark)

We’ve got something to believe in. Don’t you think it’s time we’re leaving?

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levon helm of the band
*this is the very definition of cool.


levon helm of the band

*this is the very definition of cool.

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hendrix and jagger

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Bob Dylan


Bob Dylan

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Eartha Kitt


Eartha Kitt

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[Woody] Guthrie’s most famous song, ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ was written in 1940 in response to Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America.’ ‘Woody saw [‘God Bless America’] as a strident, jingoistic, complacent, tub-thumping anthem to American greatness,’ [historian Will] Kaufman says. ‘And now, he had just come from the Dust Bowl. He’d just come from the barbed-wire gates of California’s Eden there. He’d seen the Hoovervilles. He’d seen the bread lines. He’d seen labor activists getting their heads busted. And so, he’s thinking, what — God bless — what America, you know, is Kate Smith singing of?’ In 2009, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen performed ‘This Land Is Your Land’ for the inauguration of President Obama.
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“What’s with the black? Looks like you’re goin’ to a funeral.”

“Maybe I am.”

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Flourescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys

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