I've been away from the blog for quite a while now...the show is alive and well. New shows nearly every weekend, but for one reason or another the blog has drifted. I shall try once more...maybe I'll even change the color or something.
Playlist for the 13th went like this...
1) James McMurtry; Where's Johnny; Candyland
2) Robert Plant & Allison Krauss; Raising Sand; Killing the Blues
3) Bob Dylan; Hazel; Planet Waves
4) Sarah Jarosz; Rearrange the Art; Build Me Up From the Bones
5) Chris Knight; It Ain't Easy Being Me; Chris Knight
6) Dave Alvin; Ol 55; Step Right Up--The Songs of Tom Waits
7) Tom Waits; Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards); Closing Time
8) Tom Waits; Little Trip to Heaven (On the Wings of Your Love); Closing Time
Three from Chris Stapleton's new one, Traveller
10) Fire Away
11) Tennessee Whiskey
12) Lyle Lovett (with intro by Guy Clark); South Texas Girl; It's Not Big It's Large
13) Bruce Springsteen; Badlands; Darkness on the Edge of Town
Man is it fun to revisit a song after the passing of a good many years. Like a conversation with an old friend. They've changed. You've changed. But it's all the same, too. Haven't heard Where's Johnny for probably five years and like so many McMurtry songs you find a little more in it every time you listen.
Dylan's Hazel ain't a bad song either, though I played it by mistake. It sounded right though and you can't ask for more. Was trying to play this one, which I believe is the only time Bob talks about Duluth in a tune.
Maybe I just have James McMurtry on my mind, but Sarah Jarosz's song Rearrange the Art got me thinking of McMurtry's Painting by Numbers, probably the first song of his I ever heard.
Played some Tom Waits today, a guy I've never really listened to quite enough. Found myself watching a video of his for God's Away on Business which I thought was just delightful and not a bad commentary on the state of things in this goofy ol' world. Got to thinking I need more Tom Waits in my life...
And speaking of God being away on business, this is an awfully powerful article, the kind that messes you up in all the right ways. I don't think Donald Trump will read it.
No word on when Chris Stapleton will be around Minnesota, but don't forget Jason Isbell will be here on Feb. 22nd. One week before Springsteen plays Xcel on the 29th...
I don't know he does it, but for me anyway Lyle Lovett can create an entire visual scene in my head with two or three words. Seems no matter what he says I somehow find myself outside riding my Big Wheel in the driveway of my childhood home with my parents holding hands and watching me through the picture window...or maybe closing down a bar with old friends.
Thanks for listening.