LIVE: “Four Seasons, Four Years – The Civil War: A Musical Journey” @ Old Songs, 11/17/11

December 29th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

The American Civil War was a brutal, bloody struggle, pitting North against South and brother against brother. It literally tore the country in two. But the set list was great.

Old Songs’ presentation of “Four Seasons, Four Years – The Civil War: A Musical Journey” brings the songs and sounds of the Civil War back to life without stinting on the truth, the tragedy and the horror.

Ken Burns famously fused folk music with history in his PBS “The Civil War” series, but “Four Seasons, Four Years” creator Andy Spence (whose great-grandfather fought for the Union) has truly brought the war home by focusing on New York State sources.

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Best of 2011: Mr. Eck’s Top 10 Albums

December 26th, 2011, 10:30 am by Greg
Tom Waits: Bad As Me

Mr. Eck’s depressingly, even pathetically obvious, alphabetical-by-title list of Top 10 favorite records of 2011:

“Bad As Me” – Tom Waits
“The Goat Rodeo Sessions” – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile
“The Harrow & The Harvest” – Gillian Welch
“I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” – Steve Earle
“Old Brooklyn” – Andy Statman
“The Old Magic” – Nick Lowe
“Pull Up Some Dust & Sit Down” – Ry Cooder
“Reverie” – Joe Henry
“Sleep With One Eye Open” – Chris Thile & Michael Daves
“This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African American Gospel on 45 RPM, 1957-1982” –
Various artists

by Mr. Eck, Nippertown contributor


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