This edition of our Twang Series is dedicated to the great Leon Russell. Leon is, for all intensive purposes, the man. In addition to being an accomplished songwriter, he also appeared as a session musician on records by George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Beach Boys, The Band, JJ Cale, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Badfinger and the list goes on. This mix features covers of Russell-penned tunes by the likes of Richie Havens, Willie Nelson, Delaney & Bonnie, BB King and others. Who should we feature next in our Twang Series? Let us know in the comments after the jump.
Phil Spector has just been given a sentence of 19 years to life in prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The 69 year old producer must spend at least 19 years in prison (which would make him 88) before he is even eligible for parole. Something tells me we aren’t going to see Spector a free man again in this lifetime. What a way to end his legacy.
The Beach Boys- Okie from Muskogee
The Beach Boys performing Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee” live on July 2nd, 1971 at Wollman Rink in Central Park, New York. If you want to hear their version featuring the Grateful Dead (that Mike Love mentions), you can check it out on our Merle Haggard Goes Twang mixtape. Also-“Heroes and Villains” from the same Central Park concert is after the jump.
The Cinefamily is in the midst of presenting a brilliant film series, F is For Folk, every Thursday this May/June at the Silent Movie Theatre. On the bill for tonight is a screening of Sandy Bull: No Deposit No Return Blues, a film about the innovative American folk musician. They’ll also be screening rare footage of UK folk guitar heroes Bert Jansch (who’s playing at Largo on July 8th), Ralph McTell, Jan Akkerman and Stefan Grossman. The night will then be capped off with a performance by LA’s very own Guy Blakslee of the Entrance Band. Tickets are $12. Other upcoming Cinefamily screenings of particular When You Awake interest: Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends on June 19th and Celebration at Big Sur on June 25th. Click here for the complete listing of upcoming screenings.
Bert Jansch- Black Waterside
Hymns- Streets Alone
New Hymns video for their tune “Streets Alone” which appeared on 2008’s Travel In Herds. The video was filmed in Austin, Texas where director Matt Cole followed the NYC-based band around for a day with a Super 8 camera. Hymns will be returning to the studio this June to record a 5 song EP. Stay tuned for the details.
We are giving away two (2) pairs of tickets to see Langhorne Slim on Saturday, May 30th at Spaceland. The show is 21 plus with Samantha Crain, the 1921A and Sam Lowry supporting. To win, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Langhorne) and tell us your favorite self-titled record (in honor of Silm’s most recent record, 2008’s Langhorne Slim). Include your first and last name in the email. Two winners will be picked and contacted. Tix for the show are $12 in advance or $14 at the door.
Langhorne Slim- Restless
Sunday night at McCabe’s was an amazing evening of real, honest to god music. Armed with only a single acoustic guitar, Justin Townes Earle completely owned the stage at the legendary music shop where Tom Waits, Doc Watson, Joni Mitchell, Odetta, JJ Cale, Gene Clark and countless others have performed, with his witty tales of love, sin, train rides and loose woman. Many musicians could also learn a thing or two from Earle regarding between song banter. He literally had the audience hanging on every word and sideways glance. Perhaps my favorite quote of the evening occurred right before he covered a Carter Family tune. Before the first note, he paused and look earnestly at the audience and stated: “Now y’all remember this. AP Carter didn’t steal anything. And if he did (shrug), he’s AP fucking Carter.” Well said, Justin. Also- great supporting sets from Los Angeles’ own Charlie Wadhams and Frank Fairfield. Thanks to Lincoln and McCabe’s for setting up such an amazing show and inviting us to co-present it and thank to Robert Kittleman of Truer Sources of Sound for the pics and video. Check out more pics from the evening are after the jump.
Justin Townes Earle- Georgia Girl
Bob Dylan with George Harrison – Yesterday
Bob Dylan and George Harrison performing Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday” at Columbia Studios in New York on May 1, 1970. It’s interesting that he performed this tune because he completely slammed it back in 1966. He said: “It’s the thing to do, to tell all the teeny-boppers, “I dig The Beatles” and you sing a song like “Yesterday” or “Michelle”. Hey, God knows, it’s such a cop-out, man, both of those songs. If you go into the Library of Congress, you’ll find stuff a lot better than that. There are millions of songs like “Michelle” or “Yesterday” written in Tin Pan Alley.”