‘Ramble at the Ryman,’ released on May 17, 2011, reminded us that Levon Helm was the Band’s loamy voiced, rhythmic center point. And something more.
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Gary Burton’s country-jazz experiment ‘Tennessee Firebird’ broke every rule. He joins Tom Wilmeth to discuss a gutsy decision to record in Nashville.
This is a setting, like the measured context of the Band’s early work, that perfectly suits – even as it amplifies – Levon Helm’s voice.
You’d probably assume that 1981’s The Baron, produced by countrypolitan pioneer Billy Sherrill, would do little to suggest where Johnny Cash would end up a little over a decade later with the American Recordings series.
Somehow, Ray LaMontagne lost his mojo. A year went past after the release of his Grammy-winning God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise project. Then two. Then four. Other than the stand-alone track “Empty,” LaMontagne simply walked off the musical map.
It’s not like “Neighbor,” the closing moment of Band of Horses’ 2010 album Infinite Arms, was a boisterous, plugged-in stomper. And yet, this new version — part of their forthcoming Acoustic at the Ryman, due on February 11, 2014 — finds a quieter place
Bob Dylan, at Robbie Robertson’s urging, handed one of his most famous songs off to Otis Redding in the hopes that he would do his own Stax-ified version of it. Things didn’t quite work out that way, however.
Time on the road had led Black and the Rodeo Kings to a new sound, inside dressing rooms, in the backs of rumbling busses, in the merchandise tent adjacent to the darkened stage.
A veteran of countless sessions, Nashville legend Charlie McCoy is perhaps best known for his work on harmonica. So how did he end up on trumpet with Bob Dylan?
With a writerly penchant for story songs, it’s of little surprise that New Orleans-born Jim McCormick has shown a flair for writing No. 1 country smashes. Unfortunately, that’s kept him too busy to fashion albums of his own.