Odetta was an influential singer in the 1960s folk/protest movement era. Here is how Wikipedia starts its profile:
Odetta Holmes (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008), known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to[by whom?] as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”. Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. Time included her song “Take This Hammer” on its list of the All-Time 100 Songs, stating that “Rosa Parks was her No. 1 fan, and Martin Luther King Jr. called her the queen of American folk music.” (Continue Reading…)
Above is This Little Light of Mine and below is Glory, Hallelujah.by
Last.fm has an interesting profile of John Prine:
The son of William Prine and Verna Hamm, his grandfather had played guitar with Merle Travis and he started playing guitar himself at 14 years old. He was a postman for 5 years and spent a couple of years in the army before starting his musical career in the Chicago area. He emerged in 1971 with a highly acclaimed debut album titled John Prine. He and friend Steve Goodman (another folk singer-songwriter) had been minor stars in the Chicago folk scene before being “discovered” by Kris Kristofferson. The album John Prine included his signature songs “Illegal Smile”, “Sam Stone”, and the environmentalist newgrass standard “Paradise”. The album also included “Hello In There”, a song about aging that was later covered by Joan Baez, Bette Midler, and Eddi Reader, and “Angel From Montgomery”, a song now also associated with Bonnie Raitt, who occasionally brings Prine on-stage with her for live performances of the song. The album received many positive reviews, and some hailed Prine as “the next Dylan”. Bob Dylan himself appeared unannounced at one of Prine’s first New York City club appearances, anonymously backing him on harmonica. (Continue Reading…)
Martin Chilton of The Telegraph interviewed Prine last month. Chilton related an earlier piece at Huffington Post:
Dylan told the Huffington Post in 2009 that Prine remains one of his favourite writers, saying: “Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs. I remember when Kris Kristofferson first brought him on the scene. All that stuff about Sam Stone the soldier junky daddy and Donald And Lydia, where people make love from 10 miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that.”
Editor’s Note: The folks at Go-DIY Records were kind enough to post a note that TDMB welcomed new music. Several bands have sent me links and samples. My plan is to post the music in the order in which it came in and to present what the band (or its management) wrote — or as much of it as makes sense.
First up is The Adam Ezra Group. Directly below is Miss Hallelujah and at the bottom is Takin’ Off.
The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. Through their non profit organization, RallySound, AEG currently contributes 25% of their touring to benefit causes in communities across the country and worldwide.
The group’s live performances, sweaty, passionate affairs that have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, attracted the attention of Royal Avenue Records in 2010. Ezra immediately signed with Royal Avenue and began working on the album that eventually became Ragtop Angel. Royal Avenue paired the group with multiplatinum producer Aaron Johnson (best known for his work with The Fray) who has helped hone Adam’s ramblings into finely tuned songs that still retain the power and conviction developed from Ezra’s years of “do it yourself,” grassroots work ethic.
I believe, but am not certain, that I first heard this great Blaze Foley song at the site Crooks and Liars. In any case, it made a deep impression. I Googled Foley and found out that he was an eccentric who was killed in Austin in 1989.by
Like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen has managed to remain relevant as a musician and as a lyricist despite being a superstar. Being a superstar likely leads to an insular life — one that is quite unlike the life that person led before. Maintaining creativity probably is a difficult thing to do.
Like Young, Springsteen has two identities: Folk singer and rocker. Springsteen clearly revels in his links and debts to Leadbelly, Pete Seeger (the clip above is from “The Seeger Sessions”), Dylan, Woody Guthrie and others. He mentions them often.
Perhaps the synergies and tensions between the two overlapping worlds — rock superstar and folk musician with something to say — helps both Springsteen and Young (who recently released an album of folk and traditional songs) remain creative.by
This is the index of music that has appeared at The Daily Music Break.AC/DC: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap/Highway to Hell Alabama Shakes: I Found You Luther Allison: Livin’ in the House of the Blues/Soul Fixin’ Man The Allman Brothers Band: In Memory of Elizabeth Reed Alpine Kat: Large Hadron Rap Herb Alpert: Spanish Flea Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Op een Goppe/A Chassid in Amsterdam Leroy Anderson: The Syncopated Clock Louis Armstrong Burt Bacharach/Dionne Warwick Medley LaVern Baker: Jim Dandy Got Married/Playing the Game of Love Count Basie: Whirly Bird Black 47: Funky Céilí Jeff Beck/Imelda May: Remember (Walking in the Sand) Chuck Berry: Maybellene The Blasters: American Music The Blind Boys of Alabama: Run On Blockhead: None Shall Pass Booker T. and the MGs (including Donald “Duck” Dunn): Green Onions Victor Borge: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 David Bromberg: Summer Wages/I Will Not Be Your Fool Lonnie Brooks: You’re Usin’ Me “The Original” Bessie Brown: Song from a Cotton Field/St. Louis Blues Clifford Brown: Oh, Lady Be Good James Brown: Night Train Ray Brown: Lady Be Good Dave Brubeck: Take Five/Blue Rondo à la Turk R.L. Burnside: When My First Wife Left Me/Jumper on the Line The Cadillacs: Speedoo Cage the Elephant: Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked JJ Cale: Devil in Disguise/After Midnight/Call Me the Breeze Maria Callas: Tosca Benny Carter: Misty/Wave The Carter Family: Cannonball Blues Johnny Cash: Cocaine Blues Harry Chapin: Sniper Ray Charles: Hit the Road Jack Charlie Christian at Minton’s Oscar “Papa” Celestin: Marie Laveau/Oh! Didn’t He Ramble The Clancy Brothers: Finnegan’s Wake Gary Clark Jr.: Bright Lights The Clash: The Magnificent Seven Patsy Cline: Crazy George M. Cohan: Over There Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows Nat King Cole: Route 66 John Coltrane: Naima Ry Cooder: Jesus on the Mainline Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train Bobby Darin: Splish Splash Howard DaSilva, Tom Bosley: Little Tin Box Rev. Gary Davis: Death Don’t Have No Mercy Miles Davis: Autumn Leaves Deodato: Also Sprach Zarathustra/Rhapsody in Blue Bo Diddley: Road Runner Dire Straits: Skateaway Lee Dorsey: Working in the Coal Line/Ya Ya Duke Ellington, Dr. Billy Taylor, Willie “The Lion” Smith: Perdido Richard Feynman Talks About Light Ella Fitzgerald: Mack the Knife Ella Fitzgerald: The Man I Love Flogging Molly: Don’t Shut ‘Em Down Blaze Foley: Clay Pigeons Georgia Field Hands: Mary Don’t You Weep Gladys Knight & the Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia/I Heard It Through the Grapevine Benny Goodman: Moonglow Dexter Gordon: Body and Soul Al Green: Jesus is Waiting Emmylou Harris: Pancho and Lefty/Blue Kentucky Girl Coleman Hawkins: Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid Alison Krauss: Down to the River to Pray The Leningrad Cowboys and The Red Army Choir: Sweet Home Alabama John Fahey: On the Sunny Side of the Ocean Little Feat: Dixie Chicken Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir: I’ve Been All Around this World George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Dizzy Gillespie/Louis Armstrong: Umbrella Man Benny Goodman: Moonglow Steve Goodman: City of New Orleans/Talk Backwards Morton Gould and his Orchestra: Aaron Copland’s Hoedown Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin’ Warren Haynes: Hattiesburg Hustle Levon Helm: Ophelia Levon Helm: Short Fat Fanny Jimi Hendrix: Who Knows Woody Herman: The Jazz Doctor Richard X. Heyman: Cornerstone John Hiatt: Slow Turning Earl “Fatha” Hines: Memories of You Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child/Now Baby or Never John Lee Hooker: Boom Boom/Hobo Blues House of Pain: Jump Around Carlos Antonio Jobim: Águas of Março Mahailia Jackson: Didn’t It Rain/Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho Wanda Jackson: Hard Headed Woman Etta James, Mick Taylor, John Mayall: You Got Me Runnin’ Skip James: Crow Jane Bert Jansch: Reynardine/Angie Dr. John and Eric Clapton: St. James Infirmary Norah Jones: Don’t Know Why Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Louis Jordan: Caldonia Jethro Tull: Locomotive Breath Anton Karas: The Third Man Theme Albert King: Blues Power The Kinks: Low Budget Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Serenade to a Cuckoo Ladysmith Black Mambazo/Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Al Lianne La Havas: Age/Is Your Love Big Enough? k.d. lang: The Valley/Hallelujah Ramsey Lewis: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Gordon Lightfoot: TheWreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.1 and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 Little Eva: Let’s Turkey Trot Los Lobos: Evangeline/Will the Wolf Survive? Los Lobos, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir: This Land is Your Land Nils Lofgren: Delivery Night Yo-Yo Ma: Elgar Cello Concerto, First Movement Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb: Diving Duck Blues Henry Mancini: The Pink Panther Theme Eleni Mandell: Magic Summertime Bob Marley and the Wailers: Stir It Up John Mayall: Oh, Pretty Woman Paul McCartney: Birthday Delbert McClinton: B Movie Box Car Blues Larry McCray: Smooth Sailing Mississippi Fred McDowell: John Henry/Goin’ Down to the River Modest Mouse: Dashboard Moe.: Kyle’s Song Thelonious Monk: Blue Monk Bill Monroe: Rawhide/Sally Goodin Mountain: Theme for an Imaginary Western Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2 In D Major, K.314 First Movement (conducted by James Galway) Charlie Musselwhite: Christo Redemptor Willie Nelson: Blue Skies Randy Newman: Louisiana 1927 The North Mississippi Allstars: The Meeting Laura Nyro: Save the Country Old Crow Medicine Show: Down Home Girl/Wagon Wheel Charley Parker: Dexterity Parliament Funkadelic: Bring on the Funk Parov Stelar: Chambermaid Swing Les Paul and Mary Ford: Alabamy Bound and Darktown Strutter’s Ball Pinetop Perkins: Pinetop’s Boogie/Down in Mississippi Phil Phillips: Sea of Love Phish: What Things Seem Porcupine Tree: Dark Matter Cole Porter: Anything Goes Dennis Potter: Pennies from Heaven (Anything Goes)/The Singing Detective (Dry Bones) The Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Basin Street Blues/Tailgate Ramble Elvis Presley: Heartbreak Hotel The Pretenders: Brass in Pocket/My City Was Gone Proclaimers: King of the Road Professor Longhair: Big Chief/Tipitina Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody Mohammad Rafi: Jaan Pehchan Bonnie Raitt and Alison Krauss: Papa Come Quick The Ramones: I Wanna Be Sedated/The KKK Took My Baby Away Red Hot Chili Peppers: Purple Stain Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins: Mule Skinner Blues Django Reinhardt: J’attendrai Swing Linda Ronstadt: Blue Bayou The Rooftop Singers: Walk Right In/Mama Don’t Allow Run-DMC: King of Rock/Christmas in Hollis Leon Russell: Crystal Closet Queen/Of Thee I Sing Santana: No One to Depend On Santigold: Disparate Youth Arnold Schoenberg: Verklaerte Nacht Earl Scruggs: Down the Road Compay Segunda and The Buena Vista Social Club: Chan Chan Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen: This Land is Your Land Marlena Shaw: California Soul The Shelby Bottom String Band: East Nashville Rag Allan Sherman: Shake Hands with Your Uncle Max Matt Siffert: Daybreak in Alabama and Riverside Drive Rockin Sidney Simien: Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot Frank Sinatra: That’s Life/I Get a Kick Out of You The Skatalites: Phoenix City/The Guns of Navarone Slim Dusty: Waltzing Matilda Sly and the Family Stone: Higher Southern Culture on the Skids: Voodoo Cadillac Bruce Springsteen: John Henry Steely Dan: Black Friday Steely Dan: My Old School The Steve Thorpe Band: Dust My Broom Johann Strauss II: The Blue Danube Waltz The Supremes: You Just Keep Me Hanging On Art Tatum: Humoresque Susan Tedeschi: Little by Little Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee: Walk On Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Up Above My Head Talking Heads: Psycho Killer Clark Terry: Take the A Train/On the Trail These United States: Honor Amongst Thieves Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra: Grand Canyon Suite Peter Tosh: Johnny B. Goode Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die Trampled Under Foot: Love My Baby Merle Travis: 16 Tons/Lost John Big Joe Turner: Low Down Dog Jay Ungar: Ashokan Farewell Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood The Ventures: Hawaii Five-O Giuseppe Verdi: Triumphal March from Aida/La Travia Tom Waits: Tom Traubert’s Blues/Ol ’55 T-Bone Walker: Call It Stormy Monday/Woman, You Must Be Crazy/Goin’ to Chicago Blues Fats Waller: The Joint is Jumpin’ Doc Watson: Tennessee Stud Ben Webster: Old Folks Ween: Roses are Free/Big Jim Bukka White: Poor Boy Long Way From Home The Who: Who Are You/Substitute Hank Williams Sr.: Jambalaya on the Bayou Johnny and Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer: Highway 61 Revisited Howlin’ Wolf: Sitting on Top of the World Stevie Wonder: Superstition/Sir Duke/I Wish Lester Young: Pennies From Heaven Neil Young: Fork in the Road Frank Zappa: Cosmik Debris Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy by
Happy Memorial Day. Here are some essential songs, including Grand Funk Railroad’s timeless classic We’re an American Band. Try to watch before reading the top comment. It’s pretty funny.
Among songs from folks wearing shirts are Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner and Marian Anderson’s historic performance of My Country ‘Tis of Thee at the Lincoln Memorial. Here are two versions of God Bless America: One by composer Irving Berlin and one by Kate Smith, who is most closely associated with the song.by