One of my favorite moments at the Grammys last night was the all-star tribute to Levon Helms (who passed this year) with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown, Mavis Staples, T Bone Burnett and Alabama Shakes. Wish I could have been in the audience for this one!
Dan Winters (Aug/Sept 2010)
Garden & Gun magazine recently published an article on Americana musician James McMurtry. I'd never read the magazine before, but the article sucked me in. I first heard McMurtry's music on a Pandora Radio station that I'd created. I can't recall whether it was the lyrics he was intoning or the earthy twang of his Telecaster that caught my attention (perhaps both did). Whatever it was, I abruptly stopped what I was doing to see who was singing.
I've since listened to a lot of his music. His commentary resonates with me, somehow transcending place and scale while still remaining heavily rooted in working-class America.