Bobby Charles 1938-2010
. Songwriter, musician's musician and cultural treasure, he died on last Thursday in Abbeville,Lousiana. In the 1950s, he wrote Fats Domino's Walking to New Orleans
, Bill Haley and the Comet's See You Later, Alligator
and recorded for Chess records. His eponymous Bearsville album
recorded in Woodstock in 1972 has been described as the best Band album released under another name.(Check out Small Town Talk
there.) He appeared as well in the Band's farewell concert filmed as The Last Waltz
. He made an enormous contribution to American popular music. [more inside]
posted by y2karl
on Jan 19, 2010 -
is one of the more user-friendly fan sites I have come across. What I appreciate most is the (unadvertised) chord charts
. They are not always right but they are often not wrong. Subtle, theatrical chromaticism, your name is
posted by St Urbain's Horseman
on Oct 26, 2007 -
. Stefan Wirz and Hideki Watanabe pay homage to their favorites. Check out Hideki's Muscle Shoals
page for another slice of his Americana pie
. Or click on a name--Eric Von Schmidt
, say--on Stefan's completist, slow loading page and wallow in pictures and stories... Then there's the Richard & Mimi Fariña website
. Jan Hoiberg's Band
site is another. I love labors of love.
And don't forget the Bauls of Bengal
or the secrets of John Wesley Harding revealed!
And note, newsfilterians, you can now order Mickey Jone's home movies
from the '66 tour, too. I'm going to see the Bobster tomorrow, so I've been thinking of these things.
posted by y2karl
on Oct 3, 2002 -
probably the finest literary chronicler of America's National Pastime is also a master at the delicate art of being sentimental without being saccharine. The Band
created some the greatest musical portraits of America ever committed to wax. Both of these artists tackle very "American" themes, yet both(excepting Band drummer Levon Helm) are Canadian. Canada is often ignored or glossed over culturally speaking, but these two examples make me think that perhaps Canadians have a unique perspective on America that helps them create such amazing portraits of the US.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 8, 2002 -