Joan Baez – Whistle Down The Wind

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez’s new album, Whistle Down The Wind, is available now. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez’s favorite composers.

CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment on Joan Baez this morning. I was taken with her paintings, the life she breathes into her subjects.

 

 

 

The Lumineers Second Album – Cleopatra

I applaud The Lumineers for taking their time to produce their second album, Cleopatra. 

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I absolutely love their debut album, The Lumineers. I reach for it often and it never fails to enchant me.

I am eager to own and play Cleopatra when it drops on April 8th. Until that time I’ll have to satisfy my curiosity with the teaser track, “Ophelia” 😉

The Record Store of the Mind – Josh Rosenthal

Josh Rosenthal is a record man’s record man. He is also a musician’s record man. He is in the line of Samuel Charters and Harry Smith. In this age where we have access to everything and know the value of nothing, musicians need people like Josh to hear them when no one else can.” T Bone Burnett

Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthal presents his first book, The Record Store of the Mind. Part memoir, part “music criticism”, the author ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LPs in his record collection. Crackling with insightful untold stories, The Record Store of the Mind will surely delight and inspire passionate music lovers … especially those who have spent way too many hours in record stores.

The Record Store of the Mind is available as a pre-order. It will launch on October 27th, 2015.

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Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete and Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings has released Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4. Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes – many found only recently – this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist’s legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band.

Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us#ixzz3IcchcKqF

Bob Dylan’s Secret Masterpiece is the cover story of the latest edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. I just downloaded the digital magazine edition onto my Apple iPad Air.

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes

The other Bob Dylan approved Basement Tape project which has my interest is Lost on the River: The New Basement TapesThe recording becomes available tomorrow, November 10th.

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is a music event 47 years in the making. It’s an historic album project from five of music’s finest artists — Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) — in unique collaboration with a 26-year-old Bob Dylan. Produced by project creator T Bone Burnett, the album was recorded in March, 2014 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the artists and Burnett convened for two weeks to write and create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes. The collective completed and recorded dozens of songs, the first 20 of which appear on this deluxe edition.

Look for this profound Dylan music collaborative on your favorite television talk show this week.

Long May You Run – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

I have seen various combinations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Live!

1) It started with Neil Young for free at the Oakdale in Wallingford, Ct.

The first act was the play Greendale. Then Neil Young & Crazy Horse rocked the house with a live set that had my blood pumping for more.

2) The next concert event was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Freedom Tour at Mohegan Sun. It was all about Living With War as the centerpiece of that memorable evening.

3) The next combination was David Crosby & Graham Nash in Stamford, Ct. This  was broadcast live from The Palace Theater over HDnet. It was also captured on audio and DVD. I loved having seen a concert live that was done that way, very well staged, with impeccable timing and polished performances.

4) We next saw Crosby, Stills and Nash open for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in Hartford at the Comcast Theatre outside from the lawn on the hill. Great to see them under the stars at night.

5) The next event was Stephen Stills for free at the Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun Casino. Impressive solo concert by Mr. Stills.

6) The latest concert was Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the Webster in Bridgeport, Ct. in late 2012. The Patti Smith opened for them. That evening was filmed for a future audio and DVD experience 😉

So the last two options remaining are for us to see Graham Nash and David Crosby as individual solo artists and Stephen Stills and Neil Young together.

I love these guys. They are peace, harmony, folk and universal love.

Long May You Run, one and all!

 

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New Documentary about Gene Clark (The Byrds)

The ByrdsGene Clark is the subject of a new documentary, due for release this November.

The Byrd Who Flew Alone, The Triumphs And Tragedy Of Gene Clark includes new interviews with friends and former colleagues including David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, alongside previously unseen archive footage. The documentary will be released on November 1 through Four Sun Productions.

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Open Our Eyes, The Peace Richie Havens Has Given Us

There has always been and will forever be the great feeling of Peace that Richie Havens created from his soul to ours.

I sang this song with Richie Havens on the way to work this morning and it comforts the music of our heart during our time of mourning.

God Bless You Richie Havens, you are the True Soul of Our Peace!

Father, open our eyes, that we
may see, to follow thee. Oh lord
grant us, thy lovin' peace, and let
all dissension cease. Let our fait,
each day increase, 
and Master - Lord please-
Open our eyes, open our eyes-

He has given us, hills and mountains, he 
has given us, level places. 
He has given us food and clothing, 
given us shelter from the storm and the rain-
And all that he provided,
kept us shelter from the storm and the rain-

Grant us thy lovin' peace,
and let all dissension cease,
let our faith each day increase,
and Master - Lord please
Open our eyes, open our eyes

© EMI Music Publishing Author: Leon Lumkins 
(Leon Lumkins and the Gospel Clefs)

The Spirit of Richie Havens

May Peace & Tranquility Forever Bless Your Spirit Richie.

I have always treasured listening to Richie Havens interpret the songs of Bob Dylan. His heart and voice communicated the exact essence of Dylan’s words with unique reverence. I often wondered what Bob Dylan felt when he heard Richie Havens performing his works. I received my answer yesterday in the NY Times Richie Havens Obituary.

Mr. Havens played many songs written by Mr. Dylan, and he spent three days learning his epic “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” A man who heard him practicing it stopped him on the stairs as he headed for the dressing room of a nightclub, and told him it was the best he’d ever heard the song sung.

“That’s how I first met Bob Dylan,” Mr. Havens said.

Citation: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/arts/music/richie-havens-guitarist-and-singer-dies-at-72.html?ref=music&_r=0

Performed at the tribute to Bob Dylan concert…