Posts tagged "Folk"

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Riding For The Feeling" by Bill Callahan

Song Of The Day – “Riding For The Feeling” by Bill Callahan In 2005, Bill Callahan began to record under his real name after almost 20 years of recording under the moniker of “Smog.” Callahan creates epic-length ponderings with densely coded lyrics that seemingly talk about one thing but mean another. His latest record, “Apocalypse,”... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Pretty Smart On My Part" by Phil Ochs

Song Of The Day – “Pretty Smart On My Part” by Phil Ochs “Rehearsals For Retirement” was the first record Phil Ochs released after the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Ochs was a Yippie (Youth International Party) member and was instrumental in the organization of the protest and the party. This song, and indeed the... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Coo Coo-U" by The Kingston Trio

Song Of The Day – “Coo Coo-U” by The Kingston Trio The Kingston Trio recorded this song in 1959 and it was relegated to the B-side of one of their singles never to appear on one of their official albums. They picked up this Afro-Cuban gem after meeting Willy Bobo and Mongo Santamaria and hearing... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Rain And Snow" by Obray Ramsey

Song Of The Day – “Rain And Snow” by Obray Ramsey The Grateful Dead’s “Cold Rain And Snow” was based on Ramsey’s version of this traditional favorite. Ramsey was a banjo playing extraordinaire who worked with his cousin Byard Ray in the duo Ray and Ramsey. He was also a member of the group White... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Love And Affection" by Joan Armatrading

Song Of The Day – “Love And Affection” by Joan Armatrading Armatrading hails from the island of St. Kitts and migrated to the U.K. where she brought her singular brand of soulful folk. This song is the centerpiece of her eponymous third album from 1976. While she didn’t make a huge impact to American audiences... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "The Acid Song" by Loudon Wainwright III

Song Of The Day – “The Acid Song” by Loudon Wainwright III I first encountered this song on a 1980 radio broadcast starring David Bromberg celebrating the 6th Anniversary of the New York club, The Bottom Line. It was a big hit with me and my college cronies. Turns out Loudon finally got around to... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Jane Jane" by Peter, Paul and Mary

Song Of The Day – “Jane Jane” by Peter, Paul and Mary PP&M were one of the first prefab groups made to order – one blonde female, two bearded bards – by their manager Albert Grossman. They predated the Monkees by several years, and like The Monkees, turned out to be much more than just... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Seasons In The Sun" by The Kingston Trio

Song Of The Day – by Eric Berman “Seasons In The Sun” from the album “Time To Think” Most people my age know this song as recorded by Terry Jacks. Word was in the 1970s that ol’ Terry knew he was going to die when he recorded this song. It’s not the truth…and he’s still... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "In Spite Of Ourselves" by John Prine & Iris DeMent

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “In Spite Of Ourselves” by John Prine & Iris DeMent One of the most homespun and literate songwriters of our generation…right up there with Dylan, Waits, Young, Springsteen…just about any of the greats…you name ‘em! This song is originally from his 1999 album of the same name,... Read more »
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Song Of The Day - "Is This What You Wanted" by Leonard Cohen

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Is This What You Wanted” by Leonard Cohen By 1974′s “New Skin For The Old Ceremony,” Leonard Cohen began to expand his sound adding rock elements to the mix including Janis Ian as a background singer in order to gain a wider audience. Gone was the stoic... Read more »
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