October 12, 2009 |
There's a bit of Br'er Rabbit and the briar patch aspect to Steve Earle's current album, "Townes," his tribute to fellow Texas singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Fans who turn out to see him, like those at the Troubadour on Saturday for the second of his three nights at the West Hollywood club, shout any number of requests for Earle's own songs, but he keeps returning to the songs by his youthful hero, who later turned into his mentor. After all, he has to do his duty and promote the album, right?
April 14, 2002
Thanks for the Townes Van Zandt article ("Redemption at Last?" by Robert Hilburn, April 7). I have been listening to Townes for a few years, and while I don't mind enjoying music that may be unfamiliar to the masses, I would love for his legacy to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. DOUG HAMMOND Los Angeles
March 1, 1997 |
John Lee Hooker hasn't found the secret to everlasting life. It only seems that way. Less than six months shy of his 80th birthday, the King of the Boogie is still making music. The singer-guitarist teams with Los Lobos and longtime admirer and collaborator Van Morrison on his new album, "Don't Look Back," which will be released Tuesday on Pointblank/Virgin Records. (See review on Page F10.
July 26, 1998
I've noticed that most of the newly released albums by the current crop of country artists are pretty much panned by The Times' pop music critics. There's a reason for the poor reviews: Almost all of the material coming out of Nashville these days is pure unadulterated crap. As a musician and songwriter, I tend to listen carefully to how songs are crafted (key word). The music from Music City USA is being written for nothing less than mass consumption and raking in big bucks. There is, for the most part, no soul, no passion, no substance.
March 4, 1997 |
It's one of the lingering mysteries of the pop experience: How can one be so comforted and inspired by music that is rooted in darkness and despair? Take Townes Van Zandt, the late, great Texas songwriter whose legacy was saluted in a stirring 6 1/2-hour tribute concert Sunday at the Ash Grove.
May 23, 1989 |
Country singer T. Graham Brown left the Country Fest '89 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale without performing Sunday after the event's promoter was unable to pay the singer's contracted fee, the promoter acknowledged Sunday. Several other musicians were also not paid in full, but agreed to perform after getting partial payment. Promoter Milt Petty blamed his lack of funds during the event to poor turnout (a two-day total of 18,000 compared to more than 70,000 last year)