Monday, January 5th, 2004
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?
Picked up a neat compilation on the weekend, Beyond Nashville: The Twisted Heart Of Country Music. It’s a double-disc that seeks to document the history and present of the alt.country/y’alternative/americana movement. The first disc covers the forebears of the movement, with tracks from Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard amongst many others while the second disc covers current artists (Ryan Adams, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo and Lambchop, as a sample). There’s a great variety of stuff on tap for fans of the genre. There’ve been a couple more albums in the series, Further Beyond Nashville and Way Beyond Nashville which have even more eclectic tracklists. They’re imports, but worth seeking out if you’re into the twang.
I finished watching season three of Six Feet Under yesterday (thank you, Kazaa) and was glad that a somewhat drab season ended on a more interesting note. When does season four kick off?
Everyone who comes here for the cover mp3 of the week owes one Mark Fisher a hearty thanks. As I’ve mentioned before, my own stash of material was starting to dry up a little, and Mark has donated a large collection of very cool stuff to the archives, and they’ll all be getting a turn in the spotlight throughout the upcoming months. It’s like someone bequeathing a lifetime’s collection of Hustler to the public library. Yes, it’s that good. Thanks.
Okay, holidays are over. I expect everyone to be back to full speed, hard at work posting interesting links and news bits for me to filch. Chop chop, people!
np – Steve Earle / Train A Comin’