March 5: Steve Earle – Guitar Town (1986)

The first two things I wrote were Guitar Town and Down the Road, because I was looking for an opening and an ending.  So I wrote ‘em like bookends, and then filled in the spaces in the middle.  And the album’s kind of about me.  It’s kind of personal. ~Steve Earle (to Alanna Nash – May 1986) Guitar Town was …

March 4: The Late Bobby Womack was born in 1944

It is my fondest wish that the gift of song that God has given me will flow from my soul to yours and help ease any burden that might weigh upon you. ~Bobby Womack You gotta know when it’s time to hang up. But when I finally go, let me go out on stage, my perfect ending. Don’t let me …

March 3: Nick Cave – The Boatman’s Call (1997)

..It speak volumes about the album’s universality that its songs have soundtracked everything from Michael Hutchence’s funeral to Shrek 2. ~Stuart Berman (pitchfork.com) The Boatman’s Call is one of his finest albums and arguably the masterpiece he has been promising throughout his career. ~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com) Into My Arms – live

March 2: Lou Reed Birthday

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz. ~Lou Reed I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it’s going to happen. ~Lou Reed …he’s often cited as punk’s most important ancestor. It’s often overlooked, though, that he’s equally skilled at celebrating romantic joy, and rock & roll itself, as …

Feb 28: Steve Earle released Train a Comin in 1995

“This ain’t no part of no unplugged nothin — God, I hate MTV” ~Steve Earle (Liner notes) I got to thinking,…if I don’t make this record now, I won’t get the chance to make it. .. I’m singing the best I’ve sung in years. Mainly [because of] no dope. Heroin relaxes your vocal cords, it lowers the top of your range …

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