Kathleen Edwards releases her 4th — any my second favorite Kathleen Edwards album — on January 17, 2012. The album’s produced by Kathleen and Wisco’s own Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
Happy birthday …
b. January 10, 1943I’m a softy for singer/songwriters. I was in my early teens when Jim Croce hit the scene. He hit it hard, his music was everywhere. And then … he was gone. What he left us was nothing short of magical and masterful.
Happy birthday, Joan …
b. December 31, 1943
Far out …
If you’re a hardcore Americana/Country fan, the day is kind of melancholy.
Townes Van Zandt, one of the greatest songwriters of his generation and a long-suffering alcoholic, died of a cardiac arrhythmia after hip surgery at age 52.
And, the man who many consider the most significant singer/songwriter of the 20th Century and one of the most important country music artists of all time — Hank Williams — died of a heart attack brought on by a lethal cocktail of pills and alcohol aged 29.
Thirty-five of his singles (five released posthumously) were placed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, 11 of which ranked at No.1, including ‘Cold, Cold Heart,’ ‘Hey, Good Lookin’, ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ and ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart.’ During his last years Williams’s consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life.
So, while you’re recovering today, play some Townes and Hank and listen to the words.
December 31, 1930 ~ Blues and folk singer Odetta is born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Alabama. Named the “Queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King Jr., Odetta sings “O Freedom” at the 1963 March on Washington.