October 7: Steve Earle released El Corazon in 1997

This album sort of wrote itself.  It was bigger than me and faster than me and so it took me awhile to get a handle on what it was about.  Basically, it comes down to stuff I care about.  That’s where the title comes from. I always like to perform solo before I make a record.  It gives me the …

Bob Dylan: Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt) (Videos & Audio)

 Living on the road, my friend, Is gonna keep you free and clean, Now you wear your skin like iron, Your breath as hard as kerosene. You weren’t your mama’s only boy, But her favorite one it seems — She began to cry when you said goodbye, And sank into your dreams. “Townes van Zandt is the best songwriter in …

June 06 in music history

Today: Steve Earle released Transcendental Blues in 2000 (read more) “…what truly makes this one of Earle’s best records is that he refuses to be pulled down by musical decisions. It’s as if he never faced a problem of whether or not to add this or that instrument, or to veer off in this or that direction. He simply had …

Today: Steve Earle released Transcendental Blues in 2000

“Everybody wants to be somebody’s something Ain’t nobody wants to be blue” Transcendental realism: “…is a concept stemming from the philosophy of Immanuel Kant that implies individuals have a perfect understanding of the limitations of their own minds.” (-wikipedia) Blues: “…refers to the “blue devils”, meaning melancholy and sadness…a depressed mood.” (-wikipedia) Transcendental Blues:  A philosophy that implies individuals have a perfect …

The Saddest Songs in History: Townes Van Zandt’s Marie

Townes Van Zandt’s Marie from his album, No Deeper Blue Marie is one of the most harrowing but touching songs ever written; if you’re not affected in some way by this tune upon hearing it, then you have no soul!  I’m kind of joking (but not much…) No other songwriter brings out emotions the way Townes do, and that’s why his songs stand the …

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