"We always did feel the same, we just saw it from a different point of view"- Bob Dylan
posted by Karlo at 12:35 PM
I've been reading Steve Goodman's biography and listening to his music as I read. You can NOT go wrong with Live at the Earl of Old Town (2006), although it may just be the last live album you ever listen to. I'd also recommend Affordable Art, which turned out to be the last album released in Goodman's lifetime. After that, go get every John Hiatt album you can find.
Thanks! I'll check it out.
Particularly given the name of this blog, check out Bob Dylan's latest, Together Through Life. Like most of them, it takes a few listenings to grow on you, but no one, the aforementioned Hyatt or any of the Dylan descendants, can touch what Dylan has done in the last decade alone. Four albums, starting with Time Out of Mind, then Love and Theft, then Modern Times, and finally this one. Collectively, a deep, organic distillation of American folk, blues, rock and swing from the 20's on, full of soul and understated but crack musicianship. And try out his radio show, Theme Time Radio Hour, featuring a remarkable array of music, songs and stories narrated by this old geezer who's barely ever spoken a word onstage. A revelation, a joy, and an education, mining the rich American motherlode of the last 80 years. In the same vein, but from different perspectives, try Diamond Jubilee by the Dixie Hummingbirds, Clinch Mountain Country by Ralph Stanley, or Gillian Welch's first couple of albums. Also high on my list - Los Lobos (earlier is more accessible), David Byrne/Talking Heads, Ry Cooder (esp. Buena Vista Social Club), Red Dirt Girl by Emmylou Harris (and much, much more of her earlier work), The Wind by Warren Zevon (written & recorded after terminal cancer diagnosis), Kelly Willis, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. And yes, Hyatt and Steve Earle are great (esp. 2nd halves of their careers), along with Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne (esp. first half of their careers). Favorite album last year - Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, All The Roadrunning. Happy listening, Luther.
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