“I think pure country music includes rock and roll. I’ve never been able to get into the further label of country-rock. How can you define something like that?”
“I just say this – it’s music. Either it’s good or it’s bad; either you like it or you don’t.”
In a way, it’s a matter of lost love. Gram was everything you wanted in a singer and a songwriter. He was fun to be around, great to play with as a musician. And that mother-fucker could make chicks cry. I have never seen another man who could make hardened old waitresses at the Palomino Club in L.A. shed tears the way he did.
It was all in the man. I miss him so.
~Keith Richards (Rolling Stone Magazine, 2005)
Brand New Dance was an album which Emmylou Harris released on October 16, 1990. Produced by Richard Bennett and Allan Reynolds, the album mixed a rather eclectic collection of covers, including Bruce Springsteen’s “Tougher Than the Rest”, and Dave Mallett’s “Red, Red Rose”. Though it sold reasonably well, it was Harris’ first studio album in fifteen years to yield no top forty country singles, and marked the beginning of a commercial decline for the singer, which would ultimately lead her to redirect her music away from mainstream country, a few years later.
It was one of my first conscious country music buys, with that I mean that before I had just listened to my fathers record collection when playing country (or radio). This was a big step for me, I had bought country-rock albums and rock albums with country elements, but this was pure country. I still love the album, it has a very special place in my musical upbringing.
…and I think it has one of the best covers of Springsteen’s Tougher than the rest (audio):
OPEC ends the oil embargo begun in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War (Mar. 18).
Nixon and Brezhnev meet in Moscow to discuss arms limitation agreements. Background: nuclear disarmament
Leftist revolution ends almost 50 years of dictatorial rule in Portugal (launched Apr. 25).
India successfully tests an atomic device, becoming the world’s sixth nuclear power (May 18).
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is deposed. A collective military dictatorship assumes power (Sept. 12).
House Judiciary Committee adopts three articles of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee (July 30).
Richard M. Nixon announces he will resign the next day, the first President to do so (Aug. 8).
Movies: Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Day for Night, Blazing Saddles, The Towering Inferno
Deaths: Bud Abbott, Dizzy Dean, Duke Ellington, Charles Lindbergh, Ed Sullivan
Only one song per artist/group
The song must be released that specific year
Songs from live albums not allowed
Restricted to only 20 songs
A lot of wonderful music was released in 1974, here are 20 essential songs.
Forever Young – Bob Dylan
Written in Arizona in 1972 and recorded in California in November 1973. The song first appeared (in two different versions, a slow and a fast) on Dylan’s 1974 album Planet Waves.
A demo version of the song, recorded in New York City in June 1973, was included on Dylan’s 1985 compilation Biograph.
– May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come true May you always do for others And let others do for you May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung May you stay forever young Forever young, forever young May you stay forever young. –
… When I was 12 years old, or however old I was when Bringing It All Back Home came out, I’d just skip back and forth endlessly between ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘It’s Alright, Ma’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ and now my Dylan roots are showing big time.
— Rodney Crowell
Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris – Shelter From The Storm (live 2006)
August 7, 1950 (age 67)
Houston, Texas United States
Warner Bros., Columbia, MCA, Sugar Hill, Epic, Yep Roc
Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, The Notorious Cherry Bombs, Los Super Seven
Goodbye Joe me gotta go me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne the sweetest one me oh my oh
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”
19 July 1952
13 June 1952
at Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
K-11283 (U.S. 7″)
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” is a song written and recorded by Americancountry music singer Hank Williams that was first released in July 1952. Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres.