Tag Archives: Americana

Savannah Stopover Music Festival—3/5-7, 2015

For some reason, Pvt. Orrin Brown neglected his diary on 20 January 1865.  Or perhaps, my ancestor who transcribed his quill to typewriter inadvertently skipped the day.  Either way, a break from the Civil War today.  I’ve never myself been … Continue reading

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JC’s Americana Top Tunes Played in 2014

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”  -A.A. Milne There is a great joy in discovery.  New books, new music, new places speak to your soul.  Some folks find their joy in … Continue reading

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Turtles All The Way Down

Americana Music for 2014 “I saw the light from heaven shining all around.” -Dry Bones, traditional, as performed by Graham Lindsey This weekend we endure the shortest day of the year—all about the darkness and all about the light.  The glass … Continue reading

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Diary of Orrin Brown—Nov 27, 1864

Diary of Orrin Brown, East of Sandersville, Georgia Sunday–Nov. 27th We were on the road again this morning at 7 Oclock, we haven’t seen any Rebs today. It has been very warm today, our Company went on Picket tonight the … Continue reading

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Sweetback Sisters at the Aztec Theater, 24 Oct 2014

My uncle used to love me but she died. Chicken ain’t chicken until its lickin’ good and fried Keep it on the sunny side. -Sweetback Sisters It is fun to be a critic. In pop culture, politics, academics, whatever, the world … Continue reading

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Diary of Orrin Brown—Oct 22, 1864

Diary of Orrin Brown, Chattanooga, Tennessee Saturday–Oct. 22nd We got up this morning shivering and no wood to make a fire of, we managed to pick up enough to cook breakfast and dinner by going about a mile after it. … Continue reading

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The L&N Don’t Stop Here Any More

A point of context for the subtitle in my commentary yesterday on the Diary of Pvt. Orrin Brown. Jean Ritchie was born into a family of folk balladeers in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Kentucky.  Song catchers like Alan Lomax sought … Continue reading

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Jalan Crossland Packs Cheyenne Downtown

Cheyenne’s Fridays at the Hynds is a bootstrap affair to bring more folks Downtown after work and to provide a friendly venue somewhere between the solo stage and the larger clubs.  I say bring folks downtown, rather than keep them … Continue reading

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Free On This Mountain: Top Tracks I Played in 2013

A song is poetry in motion. A good album choreographs that poetry, it tells a story, it tells a tale.  It’s not just the “concept” albums, those are the easy stories to tell when we can come straight out and … Continue reading

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Albums I Should Have Bought in 2013 – The Year of the Honky Tonk

This was the year I came home to the Front Range music scene.  I went out—as much as my new job and my middle age preference for napping permitted—to see live music.  I went out to see Halden Wofford & … Continue reading

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