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My Baby Thinks She’s a Train

The Great American Train Song, with Johnny Cash, The Johnny Burnette Trio, The J.B.'s, Asleep at the Wheel, Tom Waits, The Wood Brothers, Solomon Burke, etc.

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Take Me to the River

That murky, mythological force that keeps drawing us down for purposes both sanctified (such as baptism) and sinful (e.g. killing your baby).

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Songs of Heartbreak and Loss

A healing playlist for Cavs fans everywhere, with Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, The Black Keys, Buddy Miller, etc.

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The Million Dollar Quartet and Cowboy Jack Clement

Here’s a re-post in honor of the late, great Cowboy Jack Clement (briefly interviewed below) and Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story – an excellent new bio by Rick Bragg (excerpt here). I’m not [...]

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Take Me to the River

So I’m pondering my next post and it dawns on me, some of my favorite songs are about rivers. Or, as Mr. Springsteen would put it, The River. That murky, mythological force that keeps drawing us [...]

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1950s Radio in Color

(Listen to Eddie Cochran while you read.) Start with a good mystery. Then throw in some intimate and revealing images from the early years of rock ‘n roll. Therein lies the beauty of “1950s Radio [...]

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The Million Dollar Quartet and Cowboy Jack Clement

Here’s a soundtrack for you multi-taskers out there: MDQ I’m not a Broadway musical kind of guy. I blame it on the gritty, gut-wrenching films I watched as a kid, like Mean Streets and The [...]

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Rosanne Cash: Composed

Article first published as Book Review: Composed: A Memoir by Rosanne Cash on Blogcritics. Our last post on living, breathing artists led me to another crisis in confidence. Just what is this [...]

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Music by Ry Cooder: 1967-1994

Our new Fly Fishing Correspondent, Kevin Swan, reels in some of his favorite Ry Cooder moments from the “pre-Buena Vista Social Club” era: When Rolling Stone magazine published their [...]

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You’re Covered

The cover song is a proud musical tradition – and it dates back centuries. Let’s face it, many popular tunes and entire forms of music wouldn’t exist today without the act of appropriating [...]