19 October 2009

First, This News

John Fogerty talks to USA Today about making his long-gestating The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. While the first 1973 Blue Ridge effort was a strictly solo affair, this time the CCR veteran uses a crack back-up band to interpret a unique set of covers. And Bruce Springsteen stops by to sing Don Everly harmonies to Fogerty's Phil-like lead on "When Will I Be Loved."

Muzzle of Bees links to a worthy Dylan cover to add to our - and your - collection: Andrew Bird's take on Desire's "Oh Sister," accompanied by the talented St. Vincent. Somewhere Bobby D and Emmylou Harris are nodding with approval.

UK harmony masters The Magic Numbers report that they are completing a new album, due for release in the spring. In the meantime, they are out on a short tour through England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and invite you to download a new song for listening pleasure. The brother and sister act also pass along that they've recently collaborated with Mali's Amadou & Miriam as well, available via iTunes.

Nate Chinen's cover story profiles Wilco guitar whiz Nels Cline in the latest issue of The Jazz Times.

WXRT's (Spin and) Marty Lenertz has a review of the Rodrigo y Gabriella show last Friday night in Chicago. The dynamic acoustic guitar duo's latest, 11:11, will probably make a number of year-end "best of" lists.

The Los Angeles Times ran a previously unpublished story by Kurt Vonnegut in yesterday's editions, entitled "Look At The Birdie."

And so it goes.

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