Thursday, September 27, 2007

John Primer and Buddy Guy at Legends

One of my favorite music sites, Pandora, has gotten into the music video business. Here's one of their first clips from their "Great Places to See Live Music" series, on Buddy Guy's Legends.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Over at our Sister Site

Episode 41 - And the Angels Sing, on four forgotten singers of rockabilly, R&B, and blue-eyed soul.

If you have any information on Fay Simmons at all, please write to Dreamtime!

And more on subject: if you haven't seen the Dr. Jive brings the Apollo to Ed Sullivan video over at Dreamtime, and you want to get an 8-minute education on what a classic `50s Apollo show was like, go check it out. Featured in the jam-packed session are Bo Diddley, LaVern Baker, the Five Keys doing a very politically incorrect Ling Ting Tong, and Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson's Orchestra, whose closing set just about burns down Studio 50.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Collins Kids - Rock Boppin' Baby

Larry and Lorrie Collins with a steamy Rock Boppin' Baby. Lorrie has just turned 16, and Larry is 14. Dig Larry's double-neck Mosrite guitar, modeled after his mentor's Joe Maphis.

Lorrie was one of the trio of rockabilly queens of the `50s, which included Janis Martin and probably the best-known of the three, Wanda Jackson. Unlike Martin, who was forced into retirement by a pregnancy at age 17, and Collins, who retired at age 19 after the birth of her first child, Jackson has kept boppin' along both recording and performing into the new millennium - deservedly earning her title as Queen Of Rockabilly. I'll be doing a Dreamtime show on Janis Martin and Lorrie Collins in the near future.

I can't watch Lorrie Collins without thinking of the young Ann-Margret, who she closely resembles.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tish Hinojosa

Austin based musician Tish Hinojosa is a singer and songwriter who carries her experiences as a first generation Mexican American in all her work, and makes the sometimes challenging aspect of including that while not being defined or limited by it work too. It's meant she's had a hard row to hoe in marketing her music, though, with several sorts of record deals with majors and indepedent labels. These two videos show as much about that as they do about the music. They are both songs Hinojosa wrote.

West Side of Town, a song which vividly evokes growing up on the west side of San Antonio, is just Tish and her guitar. The second, I'm Not Through Lovin' You Yet, is a lively piece of music which would belong on any country station's playlist. The video, made while Hinojosa was signed to Warner Brothers, has it its fun aspects, and if you know Austin's geography it surely looks like home in places.

west side of town solo

wb video I'm not through lovin' you yet

Saturday, September 8, 2007

It's Raining Dylans

I have to say I like the Mick Ronson remix a helluva lot better when paired with this video. It's like a mini I'm Not There with Dylans throughout the ages.

Btw, you can catch our remix of the classic Subterranean Homesick Blues cue card clip both at our Ground Zero home (where we provide a trip report in 10 cue cards flat), and the Dreamtime blog, where we imagine a Dreamtime video promo... if we only had the do-re-mi.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

What Graves Have You Seen?

A rare clip from Renaldo and Clara. via our friend, AllenGinsbergOM and

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Gretchen Peters: Burnt Toast & Offerings

You might know Gretchen Peters by her songs rather than her name, at first: Faith Hill's The Secret of Life, Martina McBride's Independence Day, George Strait's Chill of an Early Fall, Bonnie Raitt's Rock Steady, Trisha Yearwood's On a Bus to Saint Cloud are just a handful of the literate, thoughtful, and thought provoking songs which Peters has written. Most of them, as the best songs usually are, are experience filtered through art, but in Peters' case most of that was imaginative and narrative experience -- which, in a way, both prepared her and didn't for the subject matter of the songs on her latest solo recording, Burnt Toast and Offerings. It's the landscape of her own divorce, the ending of a long marriage.

Sunday Morning (Up and Down My Street) is a very fine example of Peters' skill at evoking place and emotion with a clarity that lingers after the song is done. It is a live performance from the CD release gig at 12th and Porter in Nashville on August 9th. The song is also a good clue that the songs on this record are more varied and complex than the idea of 'divorce record' would suggest.

In the clip below, Peters talks about the making of the record.
There's a review of the album itself here.