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“A lot of good people have done gone on”

John Hartford was one of the great unsung heroes of the American roots music revival.  His banjo and fiddle chops were top-notch.  His songwriting was robust.  He made some great records in the late 60s, including “Gentle On My Mind,” … Continue reading

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Filed under 1960s, 1970s, Americana, Bluegrass

Anthology of American Folk Music, pt. 3 of 3: Songs

Welcome to the third and final installment of our humble series on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. For those of you who’ve missed the previous installments, please scroll down to our two previous posts. Volume 3 of the … Continue reading


Filed under 1920s, Acoustic, Americana, Blues, Folk, Traditional

“I started growing Bob Dylan’s beard.”

Syd Barrett – “Bob Dylan Blues” from The Best of Syd Barrett: Won’t You Miss Me? (2001, org. recorded 1970s) Minutemen – “Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs” from What Makes A Man Start Fires? (1983) Wilco – “Bob Dylan’s 49th … Continue reading


Filed under 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 2000s, Acoustic, Folk, Punk, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Moses come ridin’ up on a quasar: A Somewhat Brief Primer To ’70s Live Dead

The Grateful Dead – “Greatest Story Ever Told” from Steppin’ Out With The Grateful Dead: England 1972 The Grateful Dead – “Not Fade Away > Playing In The Band” from Dick’s Picks Vol 10: Winterland, 12/29/1977 The Grateful Dead – … Continue reading


Filed under 1970s, Americana, Folk, Live, Psychedelic, Rock, Space rock

Favorite Song to Play, Part II

Emmylou Harris – “Goin’ Back to Harlan” from Wrecking Ball [1995] Wrecking Ball is a perfect album.  There is no other to compare it to.  Combine the production of Lanois with the additional production sensibilities of like-minded Malcolm Burn (one … Continue reading


Filed under 1990s, Americana, Country

These songs are really almost the same song

vs. Bruce Springsteen – “Streets of Philadelphia” Music from “Philadelphia” [1994] Primitive Radio Gods – “Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand” Rocket [1996] Let’s just be clear: lay down a keyboard track, throw some crappy … Continue reading


Filed under 1990s, Pop, Rock