One of my most favorite singer/songwriters. Follow the link to American Songwriter and listen to some new Andrew Gold …
He toured with Linda Ronstadt for years, and also performed with a list of luminaries so long, it’s staggering. Even the short list, though, is rather amazing: Roy Orbison, Ringo Starr, Don Henley, The Eagles, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, America,Bonnie Raitt, Nicolette Larson, Maria Muldaur, Neil Diamond, Freddie Mercury, Bette Midler and Cher.
The Dixie Chicks are back and American Songwriter takes a deep-dive into one of the songs that got them where they are today …
Dennis Linde had a knack of building entire worlds in his songs. The prolific songwriter was known to have pinned “a map of his own fictitious town, where the offbeat characters in his songs lived and worked, drank and died.” When you dig into his catalog, especially with a song like “Goodbye Earl,” famously recorded by the Dixie Chicks, you can peer into his genius.
Aptly dubbed Losst and Found — the misspellings a reference to the double consonants in Nilsson’s name — these mostly self-penned songs are finally seeing the light of day thanks to a cast of characters that include Mark Hudson, Van Dyke Parks,, Jimmy Webb, various members of the Nilsson clan and Nilsson himself, who also contributed keyboards, and backing vocals prior to his passing.
Important in the band’s most recent recording process was the recruitment of legendary producer, Butch Vig, famous for many projects, including the diamond-selling Nirvana record, Nevermind, he produced. Vig, says Aubert, despite his list of accomplishments stays hungry, curious, invested. He doesn’t rest on his laurels or past successes when in the studio.
I love American Songwriter’s “Daily Discovery” series … it’s a great place to be introduced to some of today’s finest up-and-coming singer/songwriters. Like Heather Youmans …
There are moments when I wished my older self could’ve told younger me ‘hey, take a deep breath, this too shall pass, and just remember that what’s inside is what really makes you shine. Young women need to be told that they are enough and that they are so beautiful. I hope this song brightens the day of some strong woman out there finding her way through life.
In the case of “Games Without Frontiers,” the tricky part was the refrain floated throughout the song by a young Kate Bush on backing vocals. Because most people expected a British singer to yield English lyrics, they assumed that Bush was saying the word “She” at the start of the line in question. After that, though? “She’s so popular?” “She’s so funky, yeh?” “She’s a mountain babe?”
She … is amazing. If she’s in your area, do what you have to do to see Lillie Mae live.
Lillie Mae Other Girls (Third Man) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars It never hurts to have Jack White in your corner. That’s especially true for an artist’s sophomore release, the one that shows if their debut was a one-off fluke or a harbinger of bigger and better things to come.