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Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Monday, 30 August 2021
Sunday, 29 August 2021
Saturday, 28 August 2021
Friday, 27 August 2021
This time round I will feature the man himself. The book includes recollections of dreams and also the lyrics of some songs which feature in the book so you are getting a couple of them.
There is also an amusing anecdote where Richard and colleagues are in an American airport where they overhear the folk in the next booth being derogatory about the length of their hair and their dress sense. Richard recognises them as Buck Owens and his Buckaroos who he had albums by. He then goes up to them saying how he admires their work, asking for their autographs and making them feel distinctly uncomfortable!
Thursday, 26 August 2021
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
We are sadly having one of those periods where some of the icons of popular music are dropping like flies.
Nanci Griffith, Don Everly and now Charlie Watts the suit wearing, jazz loving drummer of the Rolling Stones who has sadly died a couple of months after his 80th birthday just after pulling out of a tour due to ill health.
A quote on the BBC website from an interview Charlie gave to the San Diego Tribune in 1991 I don't know what showbiz is and I've never watched MTV. There are people who just play instruments, and I'm pleased to know that I'm one of them.
And a couple of quotes from The Guardian firstly from Robbie Robertson Charlie’s drumming is powerful and unique. His approach is entirely his own and helped shape the sound of rock’n’roll and Joan Jett the most elegant and dignified drummer in rock’n’roll. He played exactly what was needed – no more – no less. He is one of a kind.
And the best of them all from Charlie to Mick Jagger don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my f*cking singer
Having been behind the sticks since 1963 he was the man who kept the Glimmer Twins in check. It is very difficult to imagine the Rolling Stones without him. Maybe it is time to call it a day lads.
Rest easy Charlie
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Monday, 23 August 2021
A message popped up on the Whats App group chat on Sunday morning which read Don Everly RIP.
I had to confess that I thought that he had died a few years ago. Phil Everly died in 2015 just before his 75th birthday. Don lasted a few years longer dying at his home in Nashville aged 84.
One of the best, if not the best, harmony groups The Everly Brothers were an act that took me a while to get into. I suspect that may have been because they were an act that your parents liked and that you were more likely to hear their songs on Radio 2 or Smooth FM than anywhere else and more often than not with Wake Up Little Susie
As you get older these prejudices gradually fade and I ended up acquiring a cheap and cheerful Best Of double LP in a charity shop and appreciating what talent they had. More recently here and here I have featured the EP Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds Sing the Everly Brothers.
Although the pair had an onstage breakup in 1973 that resulted in a decade-long estrangement, Phil later said that their relationship had survived the tumultuous period despite Don being a Democrat and Phil a Republican
Rest easy Don
Sunday, 22 August 2021
For a number of years I subscribed to No Depression magazine. For this series I shall go through them chronologically with a few words and a couple of songs by the cover artist and a song from one of the other artists featured at the top of page.
The cover star of this issue is Lucinda Williams who is quite possibly my favourite female Country singer .It is a toss up between her and Emmylou Harris both of whom have a dozen or so albums on the shelves.
The article by Silas House is entitled Happy Woman Blues which is also the name of her second album.It also implies that at the time of writing that she was in a good place which is not always the case. Not that you would necessarily guess that from the music!
She has a reputation for sometimes being a bit difficult. Andy Kershaw in his book recalls visiting her for an interview and hearing pots and pans being thrown about. The article describes her as a country boy's dream a smart-as-hellwoman driving a cool truck. Throw in a fascination for snake handlers and the fact that she has taken up reading the bible and you have quite a character on your hands. It's that duality thing again - religion and questioning.
All of which takes us to her 2001 album Essence (her 6th studio album and the follow up to Car Wheels on a Gravel Road) which was released in June, hence the lead article. Described variously as halting and spare and as containing wilful intimacy and best still as an emotional mess of a masterpiece.
I've been fortunate enough to see Lucinda on four or five occassions including once in Austin when she was supporting Willie Nelson. My pal Goggs and I were there to see Lucinda.
I only saw singer -songwriter Greg Trooper once in Laurie's Bar in Glasgow in 2006 when he put on a good show. Sadly he died in 2017 aged just 61. He appeared on my first Burnt Offerings post along side the recently featured Edith Frost.
Saturday, 21 August 2021
16th September 2001 £7.50 Ticket Number 00010
A new Saturday series where I delve into my ticket tin and randomly pick a ticket from an act seen at King Tuts. Then I will write a few words about the artist alongside anything I can recall about the concert although more often than not I suspect that will be very little.
I'm pretty sure that prior to this I had seen Joe Pernice at a gig put on by my pal Tom Hamilton who ran Death and Taxes promotions. His shows were my introduction to many an Americana act.
I'm afraid I can remember very little if anything about this concert. I suspect that I was in attendance with my pal Goggs. It looks as though I was keen to see them given the ticket is number 10 (I was obviously even keener to see the Walkabouts ticket number 6). Joe may have been slagged off for wearing a particularly bright jumper but that may well have been one of the other times I saw them. I saw them again at King Tuts on 12th August 2003 by which time the cost of the ticket had risen to £8.00.
From the date of the concert it looks as though they were promoting their second album The World Won't End released by Pious/Southpaw (on license from Ashmount Records ) on June 19th 2001. The close proximity probably reflects the fact that they were one of those Americana acts who appeared to enjoy more popularity on this side of the pond than from their homeland
I shall feature a track from that album (which has appeared here a couple of times before) and also a couple from their 1998 debut Overcome by Happiness on Sub Pop/Rykodisc which would have featured. I recall Monkey Suit being a particular favourite of me and my pals. A track from that album appears on a Loose compilation which describes them as Northampton, Massachusetts' answer to Teenage Fanclub.Another explanation perhaps as to why they were so popular in Glasgow.
Friday, 20 August 2021
Thursday, 19 August 2021
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Monday, 16 August 2021
It was really sad to read over the weekend of the death of Texan Country superstar Nanci Griffith. 68 is no age at all.
Mrs CC is a bigger fan than me and has always wanted to see her play live.Sadly that's not to be. Nanci has a fanatical following in Glasgow with her concerts selling out immediately.
There are over half a dozen Nanci albums on the shelves. I've selected probably her best known song to start Lone Star State of Mind. This is followed by a lovely version of the Townes Van Zandt classic Tecumseh Valley where she is joined by Arlo Guthrie.We finish with the now poignant and prophetic Across the Great Divide.
Rest easy Nancy
Sunday, 15 August 2021
Saturday, 14 August 2021
7th June 1996 £5.00 Ticket Number 00006
First in a new Saturday series where I delve into my ticket tin and randomly pick a ticket from an act seen at King Tuts. Then I will write a few words about the artist alongside anything I can recall about the concert although more often than not I suspect that will be very little.
The Walkabouts were an American band from Seattle who were active from 1984 - 2015 and who recorded on Subpop and Glitterhouse among other labels. The core members were vocalist Carla Torgerson and songwriter Chris Eckman. They released around about a dozen albums, for of which are on at the shelves. Two were bought at the time including Satisfied Mind, the greatest covers album, of all time and one of the 50 Americana albums you should here before you die. The other two were charity shop jobs.
I think this was probably the only time that I ever saw them live. I'm afraid that I can remember very little about the concert other than my pal Bill giving Carla a peck on the cheek at the end of the show. I also think that they may have ended the show with their cover of Charlie Rich's Feel Like Going Home
The music I've chosen is from the 1994 CD single Good Luck Morning including a great live version of Findlay's Motel from The Paradso, Amsterdam on June 13th1993. I'm pretty sure that both of these songs would have featured on the night.
Another random King Tuts gig next Saturday
Friday, 13 August 2021
Thursday, 12 August 2021
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Tuesday, 10 August 2021
When I featured the Canadian band Destroyer on my recent Oh! You Pretty Things post in the comments section our dear friend Brian pointed out that their front man Dan Bejar had also been a member of the band The New Pornographers.
This was a piece of information that I was totally oblivious too but it got me thinking about other Canadian artists. I shall leave out the obvious ones such as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Shania Twain.
Today I am going to feature some male Alt Country artist who hail from Canada. I've gone for that term as oposed to Americana for fairly obvious reasons.
Lets start with fellow New Pornographer A.C. Newman who also enjoyed a solo career and who was also a member of two bands that I am not familiar with namely Superconductor and Zumpano.The initials A.C. refer to Allan Carl. The song Miracle Drug is the opening track from his 2004 debut solo album The Slow Wonder on Matador/Last Gang.
For the second act I'vegone for Toronto based Justin Rutledge again with an opening track Too Sober to Sleep from his debut album from the 2004 album No Never Alone on Six Shooter Records.
Fred Eaglesmith is a more established artist having released records since 1980 and having songs covered by the likes of Kasey Chambers and the Cowboy Junkies. The only album of his that I have is the wonderful Falling Stars and Broken Hearts from 2002 on A Major Label.
I shall return in due course with some female artists and bands from Canada.
Monday, 9 August 2021
Sunday, 8 August 2021
Saturday, 7 August 2021
Friday, 6 August 2021
Only An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down and Smiler required to complete the set. I also have the compilation Sing it Again Rod and the excellent double CD compilation Handbags and Gladrags which both cover this period.
I'm glad to say that this one made it home unscathed.
Thursday, 5 August 2021
I've a Car Boot Calamity to report. No, nothing to do with Car Boot Sales .I would need to get up far to early to pick up any decent vinyl from there.
When we were away for a few days we visited a pop up shop in Whithorn. Mrs CC came away with a painting by the proprietor and I came away with two albums in good condition for 3 quid a piece. So far so good.
When we were leaving I packed them stacked flat on top of the suitcases in the boot. However, on arriving home I was mortified to discover that City to City by Gerry Rafferty had a big chunk out of the cover as the picture above shows. Fortunately the vinyl had escaped being damaged by literally milliemetres. It looks as though at one of the stops on the way home the car boot has been shut on it. Nobody so far has claimed responsibility.
Wednesday, 4 August 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 52 - John Cougar - The Collection
In October last year Mrs CC came in with a couple of singles by John Couger namely Jack and Diane and Hurts So Good here
I have never knowingly heard anything else by him so I thought that a punt of 50p for a cheap and cheerful CD called the Collection in the BRICC shop in Ballantrae was in order.
Although the CD on Castle is from 1986 (probably on the the back of Jack and Diane) it seems to concentrate on the mid 70's when he was starting out and being billed as John Cougar as opposed to John Mellencamp or even John "Cougar " Mellencamp.
It's pretty basic stuff including a number of covers and what I would describe as Springsteen lite attempts at stadium anthems. Oh, and a bit of patriotism thrown in for good measure.
Mrs CC seems to like it otherwise it would not be a keeper
Tuesday, 3 August 2021