October 15 marks the 60th anniversary of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons.” A new five-CD Ford box honors the anniversary.
Blues Images’ annual calendar and CD present vintage blues tracks as well as their original ads. Noted bluesmen like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Willie Johnson appear along with relatively unknown ones.
Vintage Red Allen & Frank Wakefield radio broadcasts are now on CD.
By Bruce Sylvester “Johnny Cash ain’t never been to prison in his life. He ain’t no criminal. Neither was Waylon [Jennings]. And they called them outlaws! I’m an outlaw!” Jerry McGill explodes in documentary director Paul Duane and producer Robert …
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 …