We've heard a lot of takes on Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin's 1959 quasi-murder ballad "Long Black Veil." True, while not every rendition hence faithfully exonerated Lefty Frizzell's original--itself deliberately more Nashville countrypolitan than Texan honky tonk--there have been fewer still that still stand on their own. For every versatile Burl Ives, The Band's big, pink one or even Diamanda Galás' most, um, unidiomatic reading, there are too many uninspired dronings on from the likes of The Proclaimers, Bruce Hornsby, Daves both Matthews and Gray and, yes, Marianne Faithfull.
In an almost tear-jerking speech, Bob Dylan brought the MusiCares pre-Grammy event to its knees, knocking his dissenters and paying his respect to the people who gave him a stool to stand on. For Mr. Dylan, who rarely makes appearance if he isn't performing, this speech came almost 50 years in the making.
Care of the always informative DotDotDot Music, color us très impressed with Symphony Space's upcoming 2014-15 offerings: Classicalite dears eighth blackbird, husband and wife virtuosi Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, wall-to-wall Johnny Cash, a live rendering of the score to 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and even a brand new mini-series, itself.
Let's change gears for a second. In fact, let's hop on another train and take it further south, from the Big Apple to Music City, Tenn. Yes, I am speaking of none other than the heel-toe clicking Nashville--city of lights, dreams and music.