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Music Notes

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On July 16, 2016
Time for another Saturday evening music conversation. A few notes: Rob Wasserman has died. Best known for his work with Bob Weir, Wasserman was a truly great bassist. Pop Matters is ranking the top 100 alternative singles of the 1990s. These sorts of lists are good for nothing but an argument, which is of course […]

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On June 25, 2016

I’ve been so busy that I haven’t done one of these in several weeks. I don’t even really have any good stories to link to, but I have slowly listened to a new or long-forgotten album

Ralph Stanley, RIP

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On June 24, 2016

The great Ralph Stanley died last night at the age of 89. Stanley was the last major living figure of the early bluegrass era. He began recording with his brother Carter in 1947. They never had major

Dave Swarbrick, RIP

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On June 3, 2016

The great British folk-rock violinist has died. Like Guy Clark, Dave Swarbrick did not exactly lead a life that one would call healthy. He was actually reported dead in the 90s, but was only in the ho

Guy Clark, RIP

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On May 17, 2016

The great Guy Clark has died. One of the finest country-folk singers ever and a foundational figure in the alt-country genre, Clark had been sick for some time. He was not only good friends with Towne

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On May 14, 2016
Algiers A very busy week so I didn’t read a lot of good music pieces. However, last Friday, I saw Waxahatchee at the Columbus Theater in Providence. It was just Katie Crutchfield and the bass player so it’s a bit less of a band effect as this video, but those are some great songs and […]

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On May 7, 2016

Haven’t done one of these in a few weeks. Here’s some interesting articles, album reviews, and tidbits. Country music humor is almost universally terrible as comedy, from “Uncle Josh

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On April 16, 2016

Here’s an excerpt from a new book on the history of the banjo: West African kings understood that music is power. They made sure their official audiences were accompanied by song. They traveled

The Best of Haggard

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On April 13, 2016

One more Merle Haggard post is necessary to commemorate of the career of one of the greatest musical artists in American history. I wanted to share with you 10 songs I think are just outstanding. My l

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