© Shawn Brackbill
shot on Impossible Project
“There’s been a troubling trend the last few years of people talking about ‘guitar music’ with the wistful nostalgia of something that has long-since disappeared. Fans lament the days before electronic pop, when ‘real musicians’ played with a band instead of a computer.”
- Nathan Reese
hurray for the riff raff & the deslondes, st. roch blues.
The Deslondes - Throw Another Cap On The Fire
(formerly The Tumbleweeds)
Working on the playlist for this week’s radio show…
the deslondes, the real deal (this time).
The Deslondes - "I Got Found"
“When it comes to music, people often romanticize the past. It’s understandable–it’s a lot easier to have perspective about something that happened a long time ago, and so much amazing music comes from there. But I think sometimes people use the past as a crutch.”
- Stephen Weinheimer
Without a single place to go of interest,
And I’m further north than south;
If I could shut my mouth she’d probably like this.
So buy a pretty dress,
And wear it out tonight
For all the boys you think could out do me,
Or better still
Be my winding wheel.
|—||My Winding Wheel, Ryan Adams (via very-nice-very-nice-very-nice)|
“Many years ago, a few days after I began working for the festival, I was lying on the stone floor in the apse of Trinity Church in Toronto while the Cowboy Junkies and some “friends” were recording The Trinity Revisited – a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original Trinity Sessions. The friends included Natalie Merchant, the late Vic Chesnutt and Ryan Adams. Even though it was a closed set, I was lucky enough to be asked to join the scene so I could write the liner notes to the accompanying DVD. I have many surreal memories of that night, but the most distinct was the awed silence that followed after Ryan Adams sang the Junkies’ solemnly hypnotic and beguiling beers-and-tears tune “200 More Miles”. Everyone was just staring at him as he, seemingly non-plussed and unaware, fiddled with the knobs on his constantly fickle guitar. Chesnutt finally broke the reverie by saying, “Well gee whiz Ryan, the ladies will be weeping when they hear that one.” Always wanting to get it right, Adams asked for another take, to which Natalie demurely replied, “Are you really going to break our hearts again?”
It was at this exact moment I knew that Ryan Adams had to play Newport. After so many years, it is my distinct and utter pleasure to say: Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome Ryan Adams to the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.”
- Jay Sweet
Read these! Questions and Answers from my interview with The CIX
Give Me Water! John Forte and I!