Saturday, February 21, 2009

Wagonmaster, Kurt Cobain, Richie Havens, Led Zep

--Take a listen to glitter country guy Porter Wagoner's "Wagonmaster" CD. It was produced by Marty Stuart and features nice and twangy country the way it's supposed to be. It came out a couple years back and got acclaim from the hipsters--quite a change from when we used to giggle at the guy who wore Nudie suits and slicked-back golden hair and discovered Dolly Parton. At the end of the CD Marty Stuart interviews Mr. Wagoner about the old days. Anyway, a lovely, listenable CD if you like twang. Porter "stepped on a rainbow" (to use a Kinky Friedman saying) not long after the CD came out.

--Record dude Danny Goldberg's book "Bumping Into Geniuses" is a great read if you like behind the scene stories about Led Zepplin, Stevie Nicks, Kurt Cobain and Warren Zevon. I just returned it to the Cranston library.

--Speaking of the Cranston library, I'm typing this there, where I just picked up Richie Havens' latest "Nobody Left to Crown." I haven't listened to it yet, but I noticed it's got a version of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again." Richie performed that during his last visit to the Narrows. He's coming again soon.

--A friend of mine who is a big ELO fan just let me know that the band's former bass player has stepped on a rainbow. More here.

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