Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Tuesday Surfing

Rhonda Vincent article at the Bluegrass Unlimited online.

She's a bona fide bluegrass triple-threat: great vocalist, outstanding musician, and dynamite live performer. And let's just say it-she's also easy on the eyes, which hasn't hurt in garnering a huge fan base since she quit flirting with Nashville's contemporary country scene in the 1990s and recommitted herself to bluegrass. Her three albums for Rounder ("Back Home Again," "The Storm Still Rages," and last year's terrific "One Step Ahead") have shipped more than 230,000 copies in four years, according to the label, and she has been named the IBMA's top female vocalist each of the past four years.

Dave Alvin's new direction and this is great news about a new Knitters album early in 2005.

On the heels of his latest solo effort, Alvin divulged a nugget that should be out early next year - a new studio album from The Knitters - the folk alter ego of the seminal '80s L.A. punk band X.

"Me, John and Xene did a new Knitters album," he says. "It should be ready to release in January.

Apparently there was a lot more thought that went into this record than the first one, which spawned a huge cult following over the past two decades, a reunion tour and even a tribute album.

"We did this one in three days," he says. "We recorded the first one in two days. We sure took our time this time around."

Photos from the Americana Music Association Conference 2003. No captions but at a glance I see Kris Kristofferson, Terry Allen, The Del McCoury Band, Rodney Crowell and Allison Moorer and others.

Kinky Friendman and Billy Joe Shaver pictures and James Intveld Spring Fling 2004 photos.

And if shoes are your thing ....

More country music history we neglect: the  legacy of the Anglin brothers (although they were actually brothers-in-laws.)

Forty-one years after Jack Anglin -- the tenor half of Johnny and Jack, country music's top duo of the 1950s -- perished in an automobile accident on his way to a prayer service for Patsy Cline, he and his brothers still exert a strong influence on country music.

Their songs (ones written by Jim and/or popularized by the Anglin Brothers or Johnny and Jack) have been recorded by the likes of Waylon Jennings, Dr. Hook, the Amazing Rhythm Aces and Desert Rose Band. The Bailes Brothers have released "Call to Potter's Field," and Bob Dylan claims "Searching for a Soldier's Grave," a song penned by Jim, as a favorite for concert performances.

It's a mystery to Gary Anglin, great-nephew of the talented brothers, that they have not been included in the Country Music Hall of Fame or the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

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