The train they call the City of New Orleans
began operations in 1947 carrying passengers from Chicago to New Orleans daily. Although the train service remained popular through the 60's, by 1970 train travel was on the decline. That's when native Chicagoan Steve Goodman and his new bride, Nancy, rode the train down to visit her folks in New Orleans. That trip inspired Goodman to write The City of New Orleans
and an American folk/country standard was born. The song
would go on to earn Goodman a posthumous Grammy 14 years later. [more inside]
Rumors of The Police reuniting
to perform at the 2007 Grammy Awards have been confirmed!
I wonder which songs they will play?
Rick Moranis - Alt Country Balladeer
. Whatever happened to Rick? The former SCTV star and 80s/90s movie comedian
apparently doesn't miss "acting." His new album of humorous country songs is nominated for a Grammy
Bob Marley's works
enter the Grammy Hall Of Fame
- including No Woman No Cry
tale of his time in the ghetto of Trench Town
)...Marley gave his friend Vincent Tata Ford
writing credits, in part, to keep Ford's soup kitchen running
Did you hear Michael Greene's speech at the Grammys?
At first it seemed like it was going to be just yet another recording industry weasel with an obligatory goatee congratulating himself on stage. But it quickly turned into a lesson on the harms of the illegal Internet downloads. "This illegal file-sharing and ripping of music files is pervasive, out of control and oh so criminal. Many of the nominees here tonight, especially the new, less-established artists, are in immediate danger of being marginalized out of our business. Ripping is stealing their livelihood one digital file at a time, leaving their musical dreams haplessly snared in this World Wide Web of theft and indifference," says Greene. Was this appeal-cum-address effective or appropriate? Were you more sympathetic to the RIAA or artists afterwards?
Nominations for the Grammy Awards
were announced this morning. A crop of new female artists (India.Arie, Nelly Furtado, Alicia Keyes) scored big, and Michael Jackson got yet another nomination. Which was your favorite nomination? Who should have been nominated? Do Grammy voters have a clue?
Eminem vs. Paul Simon.
And the Grammy goes to...