Wednesday, October 28, 2020

I’m going away but not to stay

DPRB Folk Festival

The Bright Light Quartet, a group of menhaden fishermen from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, were one of many high spots from Alan Lomax’s 1959–1960 “Southern Journey” field recordings.

Bright Light Quartet • Sweet Roseanne • 1960

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

It’s going to be raining outdoors

DPRB Folk Festival

Johnny Shines, who traveled with Robert Johnson in the thirties, said that one time when RJ played this song, after he finished it got real quiet. “Then I realized they were crying—both women and men.”

Robert Johnson • Come On In My Kitchen • 1937

Saturday, October 03, 2020

Highway 51 runs right by my baby’s door

DPRB Folk Festival

Navel gazing deluxe, 1965–1967, in one ear and out the other and back again, no rolling stone left unturned or unlistened to. Baseline and foundational. Or something.

Having grown up with the Everly Brothers—“Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie”—hearing Bob Dylan’s first album, last song, first side, “Highway 51” was instant homecoming. Maybe the rest of the LP wasn’t exactly great but it sure got played a lot anyway.

Bob Dylan • Highway 51 • 1962