Post Tagged with: "Folk"

One Track Mind: Jackson Browne, “The Birds of St. Marks” from Standing in the Breach (2014)

One Track Mind: Jackson Browne, “The Birds of St. Marks” from Standing in the Breach (2014)

It’s of little surprise that Jackson Browne keeps returning to this song.

Forgotten series: Val Stöecklein – Grey Life (1969)

Forgotten series: Val Stöecklein – Grey Life (1969)

Not long after leaving the Blue Things, Stöecklein laid bare his deepest yearnings and despair.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All I’m Thinkin’ About” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All I’m Thinkin’ About” (2005)

It’s not often that I think of Bruce Springsteen songs in the same context as the Viet Nam era and the American culture of that time, but “All I’m Thinkin’ About” has always reminded me of Canned Heat’s “Heading Up The Country.”

Bronwynne Brent – Stardust (2014)

Bronwynne Brent – Stardust (2014)

Here’s a voice so entrancing that it delays my processing of the delivered lyrics.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “The Hitter” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “The Hitter” (2005)

Over time, I realized I’d missed the true heart of this song.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Leah” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Leah” (2005)

When I began to revisit Devils & Dust, I was brought back to the evening of the first listening session.

One Track Mind: Tigran, “Erishta” from Shadow Theater (2013)

One Track Mind: Tigran, “Erishta” from Shadow Theater (2013)

For whatever reason, we don’t often see the collision of pop music and art rock anymore.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Long Time Comin” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Long Time Comin” (2005)

At first listen, this sounded like the Devils & Dust odd man out. The chorus is definitely something of an outlier with its sing-song, uplifting notes. I suppose you could say that the underlying story is uplifting as well, certainly when compared with the rest of the album.

Will Kimbrough – Sideshow Love (2014)

There are musicians who carry an impressive resume, laden with sparkling session work and songwriting credits, and yet they never manage to channel that talent into their own work. This certainly does not describe Will Kimbrough.

Sam Luna – Under Construction (2013)

Dismissing Sam Luna’s music as simply folk, is really doing a disservice to it. Chicago-based Luna’s release, Under Construction, has many folk elements such as Luna’s evocative lyrics and strong melodic acoustic playing.