RIP: ALAN JABBOUR
(June 21, 1942-January 13, 2017)
Fiddler, Scholar, and Preserver of Tradition
Alan Jabbour has long been an integral part of the preservation of old time fiddling in America. Beginning his professional life as a professor of English Literature and Folklore, Alan soon moved into the musical arena, eventually becoming head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, director of the Folk Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and then director of the American Folklife Center. As a member of the Hollow Rock String Band, Alan brought old tunes to new audiences, and his documention of tunes from Henry Reed, the Hammons Family, and many others gave them a new life. Alan’s acclaimed recent album of fiddle and banjo duets with Ken Perlman is proof of a musical career still going strong.
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How Did You Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday?
Lisa Finnie Broadcasting Live From “The Curvaceous Slopes of California”
On The Dylan Hour and Masters of Song, 11:00am—1:00pm KCSN 88.5 FM
Photo by Dan Budnik
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Paul Stookey at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 for the March On Washington.
87 years after the most important moral leader of 20th Century America was born on January 15, 1929, his I Have a Dream speech from the 1963 March on Washington was played in its magnificent entirety by host Lisa Finnie to open her January 15 Dylan Hour radio broadcast on Martin Luther King’s birthday. Well, as poet e.e. cummings once wrote, “albutnotquitemost.”
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A NIGHT WITH WOODY GUTHRIE
January 18th - 8:00pm
Sidewalk Studio Theatre
4150 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505
Charged with songs like “1913 Massacre” “Union Maid” “Little Saka Sugar” “Going Down This Road Feeling Bad” and “This Land Is Your Land,” Rob Tepper steps into the shoes of America’s father of Folk Music, giving audiences a taste of the “Eternal teenager – scrawny, petulant, hilarious, angry… free,” through storytelling and song in, A NIGHT WITH WOODY GUTHRIE, directed by Sal Romeo.
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GUANTANAMERA: JOSÉ MARTÍ TO FIDEL CASTRO
Revolutions don’t take place in velvet boxes. It’s only the poets who make them lovely.
~ Carl Oglesby, President of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), 1965-66
Imagine an American airport named for one of our great poets—like Edgar Allan Poe International Airport, or Walt Whitman Airport, or Emily Dickinson Airport; a pretty strange notion is it not? For the most part, in our country you have to be responsible for the deaths of thousands before anyone would think of naming an airport after you; think JFK in New York, or Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington, DC. Yet in a tiny island country just ninety miles away, their major airport is proudly named for their national poet: José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba. Who was José Martí?
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TITLE: THE LOVE STILL SHOWS
ARTIST: DONNA LYNN CASKEY
LABEL: CORDULIA MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2017
In troubling times, a voice of simplicity, humanity and compassion can go a long way to help soothe the worried and weary, be a salve to the soul and give hope where hope is running thin. It is in precisely these times that I find myself in my truck listening over and over to the new CD by Donna Lynn Caskey The Love Still Shows.
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TITLE: One Light Many Windows
ARTIST: Merlin Snider
LABEL: Barking Dog Music
RELEASE DATE: November 21, 2016
Years ago I visited painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser in his Venice (Italy) studio. I was surprised to see canvases lining the walls in all sorts of styles – not just the colorful spiral and raindrop paintings he was well known for at the time.
“My gallery owner prefers that I stick to one style. He believes that is what art buyers want from artists: a consistent identity,” he explained to me. “Sadly, I cannot even bring these other works of mine into the gallery.”
This marketing identity demand bleeds over to all art forms: too often writers, filmmakers, composers, songwriters – all creators – are pressured to create in one style and stick to it.
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TITLE: THE BEAUTIFUL NOT YET
ARTIST: CARRIE NEWCOMER
LABEL: AVAILABLE LIGHT RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
Profound and poetic, Carrie Newcomer’s 16th album, The Beautiful Not Yet, soothes the soul as it stimulates the senses. Capturing the mystery and miracle in the everyday, the songs are at once spiritual and down to earth, filled with wisdom and heart.
If you simply read the lyrics on her website, you’ll find the words read like poetry. But in truth, even if I didn’t understand a word of English, I would still think this is one beautiful album. The primary reason is Newcomer’s voice – that celebrated, rich contralto that is so luscious, warm and honest, so natural yet perfectly nuanced, that it makes you feel good just to listen to it. Additionally, The Beautiful Not Yet features an array of gorgeous harmonies and an exciting blend of traditional roots instrumentation (banjo, acoustic guitar and mandolin) and chamber music (cello, violin, and piano).
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