December 15: Johnny Cash released the single Folsom Prison Blues in 1955

Folsom Prison Blues is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk genres, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash would continue to use for the rest of his career. It became one of Cash’s signature songs. It was the eleventh track on his debut album …

The Best Songs: Tecumseh Valley – Townes Van Zandt

I first heard this song when Emmylou Harris sang it, then I heard Nanci Griffith’s version on the album, Other voices other rooms. Great interpretations both of them. It made me seek out Townes Van Zandt’s versions, they’re even better! John Townes Van Zandt I (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an …

Five good and two GREAT versions of Bob Dylan’s Abandoned Love

Abandoned Love is a beautiful song, one of Dylan’s finest. A lovely song that Bob Dylan recorded for (but left out of) Desire in NYC, July 31, 1975. It was later released on Biograph in 1985. The only live version Dylan did of the song is even better. We include both of Dylan’s takes on the song here (the two great ones), …

The Best Songs: Murder in The City – The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers are a band from Concord, North Carolina. Two brothers, Seth and Scott, formed the group after the breakup of the former rock band, Nemo, adding a third member, Bob Crawford on bass. More recently, they have been joined by cellist Joe Kwon. Simone Felice (Felice Brothers, The Duke & The King) played drums on some of the …

20 songs released in 1975 you must hear

Earlier posts: 19 Songs released in 1961 you must hear 20 songs released in 1962 you must hear 20 songs released in 1963 you must hear 20 songs released in 1964 you must hear – 33 Songs released in 1971 you must hear 21 Songs released in 1972 you must hear 20 songs released in 1973 you must hear 20 songs released in …

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