Category: Five-Star Fridays/Music

Five-Star Fridays

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Here’s Nashville’s Griffin House:


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Friday, March 30th, 2012

Ry Cooder channels Charles Murray. The black background singers are a nice touch.


Earl Scruggs, RIP

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The last of the first great bluegrass men has died. I’m particularly fond of bluegrass gospel, so here’s one from the <em>Flat and Scruggs</em> show.

And here’s one better demonstrating Scruggs’ mastery of the banjo:

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Seems appropriate.


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Friday, March 9th, 2012

Josh Ritter’s “Thin Blue Flame.” Nearly 10 minutes of bluesy, brooding bliss.


Sunday, February 26th, 2012

This is the crowd-sourced video for Johnny Cash’s last recorded song, “Ain’t No Grave.” It’s done through the Johnny Cash Project, and you can still participate. The website provides you with an image, which they ask you to re-draw or re-interpret however you like. All of the images are then strung together to create the video below. It’s an ongoing project, so the video will continue to change. It’s incredibly moving.


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Friday, February 24th, 2012

Some brood music for a rainy morning.

Sinner’s Prayer by Slaid Cleaves on Grooveshark

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

Here’s four minutes of Rick Rubin-produced time machine magic, in which the Avett Brothers go back to 1969 to sing “One Too Many Mornings” with Johnny Cash.


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Friday, February 10th, 2012

Slate goes looking for great covers of Leonard Cohen, and oddly can’t find many. My favorite below. But there are others. Willie Nelson does a great version of the same song. The English band James does a wonderful version of “So Long, Marianne.” Unfortunately, I can’t find it online. I also like Beck’s interpretation of “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” and Matthew Ryan’s understated “I’m Your Man.” Finally, I must of course mention Tom House’s cover of “Suzanne,” which he recorded from my couch.

I’m still waiting for someone to do “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On.”

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I saw Kathleen Edwards live for the first time Saturday night at the Exit/In here in Nashville. She was great. Dark, raunchy, and as she shows in this kiss-off, the lady can rock.


Songs From My Couch: Stagolee Sneak Preview

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

We did another “Songs From My Couch” session last night, this time with the Nashville band Stagolee. They were fantastic.  It’ll be a couple weeks before the sound and video are mixed and edited. But in the meantime, here’s a little preview from what I’ll call the “drum cam.”


Five-Star Fridays

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The great Warren Zevon would have been 65 this week. Here’s my favorite:

Five-Star Fridays: Etta James, RIP

Friday, January 20th, 2012

A few of my favorites . . .

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Friday, January 13th, 2012

From Paste:

Today . . . Wilco tweeted a slightly more serious, albeit still outrageously awesome video. Before a show at the Civic Opera House in Chicago last month, Staples and singer-songwriter Nick Lowe joined the guys for a rousing rendition of The Band’s hit “The Weight.”


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Friday, January 6th, 2012

Not my favorite Guess Who song (the commies!), but what a glorious vibe in this video.

No voice evokes the late 60s/early 70s like Burton Cummings’.