By Bruce Sylvester Last weekend’s 14th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival was, as ever, a phenomenal extravaganza of free, (mostly) American roots music – seven stages this time – in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Best moment of all? I’d …
The 2015 package features Tommy Johnson’s rare 1929 “Ridin’ Horse”/”Alcohol and Jake Blues” (Paramount 12950), taken from a rare 78 a sharp-eyed buyer found at an estate sale — only one other copy was known to exist — and sold on eBay for $37,100.
Film director John Hillcoat’s seering video for Johnny Cash’s previously unissued 1984 recording “She Used to Love Me a Lot” takes the song in a totally new direction.
The activist and folk singer lived long enough to see some of his dreams — including the Obama election and cleanup of the Hudson River — become reality.
As ever, the blues calendar comes with a CD with the songs advertised in the art – this time with 12 bonus tracks, three being B-sides of songs in the ads.
Mike Eldred Trio, “Bossa Nova Baby” By Bruce Sylvester The deeper “The Mike Eldred Trio” (Rip Cat) digs into American roots music, the stronger they sound. Those powerful a cappella harmonies on the opener, “Don’t Go Down There,” have vestiges …
As Train revs up for its summer tour, it’s putting out an expanded version of its gold 2012 CD “California 37,” now with live versions of three singles.
By Bruce Sylvester Beauty, talent, ambition, search for love and respect, a sudden death that may have been suicide – the legend of Marilyn Monroe (1926-62) is the stuff that icons are made of. A musical set within another musical …
“Return of the Stuff That Dreams of” presents two CDs of rustic American music from the 1920s and ’30s.
Patti Page, a classic voice of the 1950s, died on new year’s day at age 85. Here’s the full text of a 2003 phone interview I did with her. An abridged version was printed in Goldmine at the time.