We stopped by the weekly Grand Ole Echo party yesterday to check out the lovely Chapin Sisters performing with Los Angeles based alt-country staples, I See Hawks in LA. The Hawks were celebrating the release of their new record Hallowed Ground and the Chapin Sisters came up and sang three songs with the Hawks as their backing band. We caught their performance of Crystal Gayle’s “Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For” on video. Check it out below!
Chapin Sisters- Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For
The last time I was in New York, I went to a lovely picnic in Central Park with good friends, delicious food (homemade tortilla chips, anyone?), Bocce, a ukulele and last but not least, some amazing style finds. Check out the photos below (with more finds after the jump). Speaking of picnics, I think it’s high time for an LA style Griffith Park outing. Care to join us?
For the second mixtape in our Artists Go Twang series, we have some of our favorite country singers covering the Fab Four. Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash and more lend their talents to some very unique takes on these famous tunes. Did we miss any good ones? Let us know in the comments section. We are always game to do a Beatles Part Two.
Erika Forster from the lovely New York trio, Au Revoir Simone, has given us her Top 10 “Realistic Portraits of Love” Mixtape. With tunes by Towes Van Zandt, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and more, Forster shows us how love can be disappointing, complicated, constricting and heartbreaking, but also, at times, powerful and uplifting. Be sure to check out Au Revoir Simone in this week’s issue of the New York Times Magazine, where they are featured alongside other all women groups Electrelane, Plasticines, Amiina and Yo Majesty.
Dear God, one day, when I’m 62 years old, please let me look like the legendary Miss Dolly Parton. On the cover of Backwoods Barbie, she successfully combines a curve-hugging leopard print mini-dress with a flowing hot pink dandy coat while stretched out on some hay. Her platinum-blonde hair is at least a foot tall, and she’s grinning ear to ear with that mega-watt smile that’s broken at least a thousand hearts this side of Appalachia (you’re a lucky man Carl Dean). There’s a reason the woman who famously quipped “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap” has an entire amusement park named after her and it’s got nothing to do with her looks. When it comes to music, Parton’s talent spins you around, lifts you up, and then drops you down in an explosion of glitter, fiddles, and good ol’ honky tonk.