Americanafest 2016

The 7th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 20-25, 2016, gathering thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. With planning already underway, 2016 promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves great music. Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for six days of music and education.

Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee

March 27, 2015 – December 31, 2016

Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi highlights Dylan’s relationship with Cash. The two cemented their friendship at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival and were reunited in Nashville, in February 1969. Dylan had recorded most of Nashville Skyline when he went into the studio with Cash. They cut more than a dozen duets in two days. One, “Girl from the North Country,” appeared on Nashville Skyline, and Cash wrote Grammy-winning liner notes for the album.

A companion book to the exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City looks at the Nashville music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time of great cultural vitality for Music City. This publication matches the Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set

My first reaction when I learned about Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set was first disappointment then elation at what this packaged sound solution represents. It’s truly history recorded and preserved for us to witness.

Neil Young, bless the music of his heart, is a prolific human being. He keeps us fans on our toes. I like when artists I enjoy and respect challenges us to stay in league with their artistic direction. That is something both Neil Young and Jack White very much have in common.

I had just purchased the Record Store Day 2014 A Letter Home (12″ Vinyl) edition on the Third Man Records Store on Tuesday 4/22. Next I read about the expanded edition on the Guitar Afficionado Web site last night. I thought, hmmm maybe I should have waited for the box set. But who knew that as both these recordings were stealth announcements. We all love surprises, don’t we?

I became elated when I processed what the expanded edition of A Letter Home provides Neil Young and Jack White audio technology fans. Neil Young and the Pono team are delivering the sheer joy of the Pono Music Player and high-resolution audio for our listening and collecting pleasure. Pono is a technological innovation that will have far-reaching positive effects how we will appreciate music in the very near future.

At the same time Neil Young and Jack White share an affinity for music technology from another era of history. A Letter Home was recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology. This is a striking contrast to Pono as these two technologies are literally opposite ends of the recording spectrum.

What I love about A Letter Home is the recording technology partnership between Jack White and Neil Young. Neil Young has recorded an entire album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters. To me this is like sitting in a 1950’s kitchenette plugged into your Pigboy amp playing your electric guitar while you make music and record it on one of the first reel-to-reel tape recorders. It’s raw, it’s honest and it’s real!

I mean dig this you have Jack White purveyor of vintage vinyl and vintage recordings, our music preservationist who is innovating and creating with his “vision” recording experience, working with Neil Young who is bringing us Pono. This blows my mind and makes me totally satisfied with the spectrum of recorded sound.

Now the question becomes how do I afford the limited edition box set as well as Pono?

I have a feeling where there’s a will there’s a way 😉 Stay tuned…

 

 

 

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