Dispatch from SXSW : Bruce Springsteen’s Keynote

Post from Stephen Becker reporting from AUSTIN – “How important can this speech be if we’re giving it at noon? Every decent musician in town is still asleep!” That’s how Bruce Springsteen began the 2012 Key Note speech at SXSW. What followed was part comedy, part life lesson and part call to action. Before some […]

Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues Justin Townes Earle – “Harlem River Blues” The first track off of his upcoming third release Harlem River Blues, this song finds Justin Townes Earle investigating the sound of the deep South, complete with a full-on gospel choir. Though the rest of the record covers more country and […]

Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire

Bruce Springsteen – “I’m On Fire” Though Bruce is probably better known for his anthemic, orchestral rock sound (“Born to Run”, “Badlands”), fans have come to appreciate the quieter, brooding side of his work: this song, The Rising’s “Nothing Man”, and others. He has described it as a song born from his memories of being […]

Alejandro Escovedo – Tender Heart

Alejandro Escovedo – Tender Heart Alejandro Escovedo – “Tender Heart” Though he has made music of all types: early alt-country with Rank and File and the True Believers, chamber music with his string quartet, and his own solo records, Alejandro Escovedo has probably gained more acclaim from his most high profile fan, Bruce Springsteen. The […]

Neil Young – Cripple Creek Ferry

Neil Young – “Cripple Creek Ferry” This track, from Neil’s 1970 masterpiece After The Gold Rush, is a classic album track — never a single, but a song that people instantly associate with playing the record through its entirety. Featuring a young Nils Lofgren (later a longtime member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) on […]