Mavis Staples, Wilco, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, by Ricky Polite

Mavis Staples is one of the very true American voices left. She sang with the Staples Singers and had many hits with that group. Mavis early on became the featured singer there given her unique sound. Her voice was low and passionate and the only one of its kind. Mavis is a national . . . → Read More: Mavis Staples, Wilco, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, by Ricky Polite

England’s Billy Bragg and Pal Joe Henry Bring Music and Political Talk to Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan

On the evening of October 21 I experienced the sheer pleasure of seeing one of my long time favorites, Billy Bragg perform a two man show with pal Joe Henry. The venue was Seattle’s Neptune Theater.

These two men gave a stellar and congenial performance of mostly old American blues artists songs including a . . . → Read More: England’s Billy Bragg and Pal Joe Henry Bring Music and Political Talk to Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan

Billy Bragg – A New England, By Holly Homan

Illustrious English singer/songwriter Billy Bragg blends elements of folk with punk all with twangy but grinding acoustic guitar licks. Bragg’s songs focus a lot on left wing politics, pointing out injustices of war and crimes against humanity. Some of his songs are about relationships. Imagine Woody Guthrie meets Bob Dylan meets Joe Strummer and . . . → Read More: Billy Bragg – A New England, By Holly Homan

Billy Bragg – Greetings To The New Brunette, By Steve Stav

“I’m celebrating my love for you with a pint of beer and a new tattoo.” For all of his politics, Billy Bragg’s gift for relating the pinnacles and pitfalls of human relationships has always been quite remarkable. I know my friends in East Portland can dig it.

– Steve Stav

Following The 9th: In The Steps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

“Art triumphs over tragedy, music can heal us, can repair us, can take us to another dimension…”

– Kerry Candaele, summarizing the message of Beethoven’s Ninth

I found a fascinating documentary project on Kickstarter today. With 11 days left, they’re quite close to securing funding.

It’s a feature length film about the . . . → Read More: Following The 9th: In The Steps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony