Jun 222023
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Laura Cantrell has impeccable credentials for a successful career in country music, but has always taken her own path. Just over 20 years since her John Peel-championed breakthrough, and nine years after her last recording, she is back with a new crowdfunded record, Just Like a Rose: The Anniversary Sessions. On that album, she revisits “When the Roses Bloom Again,” which she has performed for almost all of her recording career. This time she has the legendary Steve Earle as a partner. A standard from early 20th Century American folk canon, the song’s tale of love and loss speaks to the human cost of war. Continue reading »

May 252022

Rarely Covered looks at who’s mining the darkest, dustiest corners of iconic catalogs.

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Part three of our Rarely Covered Dylan Songs series – after the Early and Late 1960s – sees us hit the era of Blood on the Tracks, Desire, and Bob’s first gospel album. But this doesn’t include songs from any of them! As with the first two installments, our definition of what Dylan song could qualify as “rarely covered” starts at “not on a proper album” and expands (or, rather, constricts) from there. So below, covers of outtakes and oddities from Bob’s second decade. Continue reading »

Aug 082016

This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Band’s legendary The Last Waltz final concert and to celebrate, NYC’s Lincoln Center hosted an all-star tribute concert Saturday night. Held down by Levon Helm’s longstanding Midnight Ramble Band, special guests included Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, and even Dr. John, reprising the song he sang at the original Last Waltz. Continue reading »