September 11, 2014
This was Ron’s suggestion for this week. Y’all know how I feel about Playing for Change. And y’all know how I feel about Playing for Change covering Bob Marley. So obviously the only way to make a video of Playing for Change covering Bob Marley any cooler is to let Keith Richards play with ‘em.
Also, I know I’ve been neglecting this blog horribly. I’ve been too busy gardening and harvesting and canning and harvesting and canning and harvesting and buying apples and pressing cider and fermenting cider and hanging out with the niece and nephews and making cupcakes and bottling home-brewed green chile beer and making soap and shopping for exercise equipment and setting up a mini-gym in my house so we can cancel our little-used gym membership that we barely use because the hours are stupid and helping Zaphod with his dissertation and reading and chasing stories and … and … and …
Yeah. Been busy. But I have good intentions and a couple of killer salsa recipes, and I hope to have some good stuff to share with you this weekend.
September 4, 2014
I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t posted any Phil Ochs before. Let’s rectify that.
August 21, 2014
I can’t believe I haven’t posted any Dave Van Ronk songs yet. I’m lucky nobody’s confiscated my folkie card for that. Ah, well. I’ll rectify that here.
August 14, 2014
On a day like this, with protests and vigils scheduled all over the country — organized by the incomparable Feminista Jones — I’d be remiss if I posted anything that wasn’t “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” This is doubly true in light of the fact that most of it thus far hasn’t been televised; if you want to know the details, you’d better get on Twitter, because the revolution will be live-tweeted.
And yeah, I know Gil Scott-Heron ain’t exactly folk. Sue me. The folk revival was about revolution. You don’t have to play the song on acoustic guitar with the Weavers singing backup to earn a spot in my personal pantheon of revolutionary musicians.
August 7, 2014
This is one of my favorite songs. Bob Dylan ripped it off from an British folk tune. Unlike some of his stuff, it’s fairly easy to play. If you’re interested, Ultimate Guitar has chords here.
July 31, 2014
Don Conoscenti is a Woodyfest regular. I like this cover of “Hallelujah.” Any folkie worth a damn ought to have at least one Leonard Cohen song in his repertoire.