Making the internal world work better. The Songs & Voice of Iris DeMent.

"I think she is one of the greatest singers I have ever heard in my life. I heard her on my tribute, went out and bought what was available, which was two albums. Found out she’s a new artist and she can’t get played because she’s too goddamned good. She’s got too much to say, … Continue reading Making the internal world work better. The Songs & Voice of Iris DeMent.

From Brown to Blue – The Voice of Greg Brown.

"A Midwestern existentialist hobo with a quick-draw mouth, a bloodied heart, and bourbon on his breath." Those were the words of music critic Josh Kuhn, describing the great singer/songwriter Greg Brown. A cool portrait of a cool artist, but it lacks, in my humble opinion, the most important and unique weapon of Brown, a warm, … Continue reading From Brown to Blue – The Voice of Greg Brown.

“Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him.” About Bob Dylan´s Nobel Lecture, Part Two.

”I believe these things are true about Dylan, as they are true about any genius: He is unstoppable. “He” is both an individual and a medium, a process by which certain energies are released, and the “he”—the man, Bob Dylan—arranges and invents and occasionally exploits the forms in which these energies are released. As fast … Continue reading “Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him.” About Bob Dylan´s Nobel Lecture, Part Two.

“Water from a deeper well.” About David Olney.

"Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I've ever heard — and that's true. I mean that from my heart." (Townes Van Zandt) We should listen to Townes Van Zandt. David Olney is one … Continue reading “Water from a deeper well.” About David Olney.

Defying Gravity. About Jesse Winchester.

“Have you talked to Jesse Winchester? You can’t talk about the best songwriters and not include him.” (Bob Dylan) There´s a lot of room under the radar. That´s mostly okay, but some artists definitively should be embraced by it. Like Jesse Winchester. Like Bill Flanagan said about him: “I don’t know anyone who dislikes Jesse Winchester’s … Continue reading Defying Gravity. About Jesse Winchester.

Forever Young. The Voice of Steve Young.

According to Waylon Jennings, Steve Young was the second best country singer in the world, second only to George Jones. Waylon should know, he also one of the best. The only difference is that Steve Young might be one of the most overlooked singer/songwriters and country singers that we ever knew. In fact, one of … Continue reading Forever Young. The Voice of Steve Young.

About Bob Dylan´s Nobel lecture. “Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.”

It is not without a certain interest that I follow the norwegian journalist Robert Hoftun Gjestad's writings related to Bob Dylan, in "Aftenposten". About the lecture he makes a headline about that it is boring and not interesting. In this last case, I simply can not help myself, even after counting to 100, I just … Continue reading About Bob Dylan´s Nobel lecture. “Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.”

Om Bob Dylans nobelforedrag. Replikk til Aftenpostens omtale.

Det er ikke uten en viss interesse at jeg følger med Robert Hoftun Gjestads skriverier knyttet til Bob Dylan. Omtalene av de to siste albumene har hatt de fengende overskriftene ”Nok av dette nå, Dylan” og, da Dylan ikke ville høre etter, ”En tidvis nitrist Dylan”. Prikken over I-en settes med dagens omtale av Dylans … Continue reading Om Bob Dylans nobelforedrag. Replikk til Aftenpostens omtale.

An American Troubadour – Mickey Newbury.

It is not always easy to understand why some artists never seem to escape the spotlight, while others never seem to get the attention they really deserve. Of course, we often disagree of the criteria that should be used measuring the contribution of an artist, but in the case of Mickey Newbury he was early … Continue reading An American Troubadour – Mickey Newbury.