Hey Listening Room-ers, here are some links to stories, features, podcasts you might find interesting. We got a kick out of them, anyway.
- Jack White, of White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather, Third Man Records and, as of earlier this year, Jack White fame, was interviewed by the mayor of Lambeth, a borough of London.
- Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., now in his late 20s, recalls sharing the stage with Hubert Sumlin when he, Clark, was a teenager in this Reuters interview. (Wow. At 15, the only stage I shared with anyone was the awkward stage.)
- George Harrison’s son, Dhani, and Beatles producer George Martin unearth a forgotten guitar solo to “Here Comes the Sun.” Not saying it should, but will the world ever tire of the Beatles? Not likely.
- Paste Magazine has a thoughtful, revealing review of Justin Townes Earle’s latest record. Earle is Steve Earle’s son and was named, partially, after the late, great Townes Van Zandt. He’s damned good, too.
- Dave Mustaine rescued a miniature horse? So he tells Spin.
- WNYC’s nearly-always-interesting music program Soundcheck had Dr. John as a guest recently. In less than an hour, the original Night Tripper yaps about his new record, plays a few tunes, confesses his love of Ethiopian food and recounts the night the ring finger of his left hand was shot off during a fight outside a bar. Good radio.
- Businessweek covers the possible anti-trust hitch in the sale of EMI Records.
- You like banjos? Who doesn’t? (Well, lots of people, really, as this New Yorker cartoon, drawn by a banjo-player, implies.) Check out this video at Fretboard Journal, the holy grail for stringed-instrument geeks.
- And, finally, Levon Helm, the original roots musician, gets hosed by the music biz and the legal system. What a world.
Hope that provides you some decent fodder for the day. If not, ponder this: Can “Samba Pa Ti,” the Hey-baby-let’s-hop-in-the-back-seat-and-take-it-slooooow instrumental ballad from Santana’s Abraxas, handle a translation to the fiddle and resonator guitar? My fiancee, a heckuva fiddler, and I are trying to find out. If the experiment turns out OK, I’ll post the result here.