Category: Folk

Crosby & Nash “Another Stoney Evening”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#407 in the Series) is Crosby & Nash,  Another Stoney Evening. This release recorded on October 10, 1971 was making the rounds as a bootleg until the proper release in 1998. Self-described by David Crosby in the audience patter as “the loosest show on earth”, the album at times has the feel of two friends playing the guitar for friends by the campfire, and at other times sounds like two angels harmonizing in Heaven. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young had just broken up, Neil Young going off to form the band Crazy Horse, and Stephen Stills forming a group of super musicians collectively known as Manassas, leaving the two better vocalists of the...

EmmyLou Harris “Hard Bargain”

Gram Parsons has been gone for over 35 years now. Yet his influence on Emmylou Harris isn’t just hinted at in her sound. No, every so often, she gathers up that internal feeling and writes another great song to honor her dear friend. See: Boulder to Birmingham. I want to make sure that people know the other side of the story. We always hear how much Gram had to do with Emmylou’s early career. I want to make sure that people realize that this wasn’t a one way street. Emmylou may have helped Gram even more. Yes, you read it right. I’m referring to the Flying Burrito Brother era of Gram’s career and even into the period where he...

Carole King “Tapestry”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#349 in the Series) is Carole King, Tapestry. There has always been one thing that I’d love to know about an artist like Carole King, and about her writing her masterpiece Tapestry.  That is, do you really know what you’re writing when you write an album like this? Meaning, this just wasn’t your run of the mill singer-songwriter album.  This was indeed a masterpiece of music.  Did Carole know that this was something special? Did she know that although she’d written a ton of hits, mostly for others, that this was just different?  I really don’t know how to answer that.  I’d love to hear what you think. Please share your ideas below.  I’m betting she...

Mark Knopfler and EmmyLou Harris “Real Live Roadrunning”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#345 in the Series and #28 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Mark Knopfler and EmmyLou Harris, Real Live Roadrunning. To this day, I can still kick myself for not seeing this tour. EmmyLou Harris and Mark Knopfler together.  This was 2006; I had just seen Mark in 2005. Yes, that was a fantastic show, but I decided I’d pass on this tour.  Then I listened to the album. I should have known!  Often if you miss can act’s tour, well, you can just catch the next one.  This is why I’m so angered about missing this tour.  I’m nearly positive that this was a one in a lifetime chance.  Do we...

Rosanne Cash “The List”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#317 in the Series) is Rosanne Cash, The List When Rosanne Cash was 18, she was spending most of her time on tour with her famous father, Johnny.  One day, Johnny was checking out what she was listening to.  Most of her tastes, like most teenagers, were towards the music of the day.  He thought it was time to teach her a little bit about music. So he brought her into the tour bus, sat her down, and wrote out a list of, what he felt, were the 100 most essential country songs of American music history. She held onto that list. She would look at it year after year.  She became quite...

John Stewart “California Bloodlines”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#310 in the Series) is John Stewart, California Bloodlines By 1969 , John Stewart was 29 years old and had packed in a fair bit of living. He co-founded The Cumberland 3 , released three albums with them and moved on to become a member of  The Kingston Trio , releasing numerous discs and playing hundreds of live shows . Fast forward to 1968 and we find him recording an album with his wife Buffy Ford and , just for good measure , he also managed to write a little song you may have heard of , “Daydream Believer” , a smash hit for The Monkees in ’67. For most people that would be...

John Prine "Bruised Orange"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#139 in The Series) is John Prine, Bruised Orange. John Prine’s debut album, called simply John Prine is considered his masterpiece, and rightly so. It’s quite the feat when you think that he wrote Sam Stone, Illegal Smile, Donald and Lydia, Angel From Montgomery, Paradise, Six O’Clock News, You’re Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore and of course, Hello in There ALL before he was 25. Looking at that track list you can see why that album is held in such high regard.  I am, however, going to feature Bruised Orange. I’m not sure why this album was always so high on my list of Prine classics.  Part of it might...

Steve Goodman "Somebody Else’s Troubles"

Today’s Cool Album of The Day is Steve Goodman, “Somebody Else’s Trouble.” We’re going back to the Singer/Songwriter genre today.  If you look up Singer/Songwriter in the dictionary you’d see Steve Goodman’s face on the description. He was one of the best. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone 26 years now. “Somebody Else’s Troubles” was Steve’s third album.  It’s full of goodies! The album starts with one of his most well known songs, “The Dutchman.” It’s one of the few hits that Steve did not write.  It was written by Michael Smith. Other tracks you might know include ‘Lincoln Park Pirates, Chicken Cordon Blues,’ and of course the title cut, ‘Somebody Else’s Troubles’ which features an uncredited Bob Dylan...

The Byrds "Sweetheart of the Rodeo"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the 1968 release by The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Quite simply, a masterpiece. Was it the first country rock album? That’s debatable. There has been so much written and discussed about this music that I’m not even going to try and invent an original idea. Just listen to the music. I’d have loved to have heard Roger McGuinn and Gram Parsons stay together longer. But then Gram might not have gone on to to record two other great pieces of music (Gram Parsons and GP). And maybe he wouldn’t have gone on to discover (along with Chris Hillman) EmmyLou Harris. The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of...

Arlo Guthrie "Alice’s Restaurant"

  Today’s Cool Album of The Day(#230in the Series) is  is Arlo Guthrie, Alice’s Restaurant. An American Classic, simply put. Alice’s Restaurant was recorded and released in 1967. It was Woodie Guthrie’s son, Arlo’s, debut album. The story of ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacre” is a wonderful tale, full of humor and Americana. It is some marvelous story telling.  It’s a tale that needs to be listened to.  It’s the full side of the album. It could have been longer as far as I’m concerned. Many radio stations break format on Thanksgiving and will play this lengthy track.  We’re thankful for that.  We have the full song below for you to listen to. Sit back, relax and enjoy this Arlo Guthrie...

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