When The Band of Heathens heard a very tall tale about a man who immigrated to New York in the early 1900s, they were so mesmerized by the imaginative story that they wrote a song about it near moments later and recorded it the very next day. And it would develop to be an even greater contender, fairing as an essential track on their upcoming album Stranger, due for release on September 25.
With First Rose of Spring, Willie Nelson’s studio album tally is up to 16 — for the last decade alone. (It’s 70 overall — so far.) Lately, they’ve started rolling into one another, like points along a continuum rather than discrete entities. But even though his last few releases have been thematically similar — he’s been ruminating about mortality, loss and life in the rear view for some time now — they’re each worth savoring as genuine pearls of musical wisdom, delivered by our most revered sage of country Zen.
~ Lynne Margolis, American Songwriter
July 4, 2006 ~ Johnny Cash releases what becomes his first #1 album in 37 years. Like the earlier installment to the “American” series, it’s produced by the legendary Rick Rubin.
July 1. 1968 ~ The debut album from The Band. The music is composed at “Big Pink,” a house shared by Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manual in West Saugerties, NY. The cover artwork is by Dylan.
It’s #34 on Rolling Stones’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and an American treasure.
June 28, 2011 ~ Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are back after a long, long, eight years with The Harrow & The Harvest.
The album takes its name from the frustrations incurred by both Gillian and David over the prior 8 years trying to write and record something — anything — that would meet with their approval.
“The sad truth is we never liked anything enough to put it out, which is not a pleasant place to be. Over the course of that time that we were quiet we probably had enough songs to put out two or three records. Actually we made a few tentative steps at trying to record, but inevitably the heart would go out of it when we realized that we simply didn’t like the material enough to go on with it.”Gillian Welch from an interview with The Australian
It was worth the wait. The album is nominated for “Best Folk Album” at the 2012 Grammys.
Wilco release their fifth on June 22, 2004 …
Look what turns 35 today … Talking Heads release their 6th on June 10, 1985 …
John Hiatt releases his 8th album on May 29, 1987. It includes “Thing Called Love,” the song he credits with ” … putting two of his three kids through college …”