LIGHT SENSITIVE Thanks to the Nashville Scene for previewing "Fool About Me" from Mr. Burch's 11th album Light Sensitive coming April 17, 2020 on Plowboy Records. Light Sensitive was recorded in Nashville and produced by Burch and upright bassist extraordinaire Dennis Crouch and features the WPA Ballclub with guests Luther Dickinson, Robyn Hitchcock, Amy Rigby, and Aaron Lee Tasjan along with the indomitable Fats Kaplin. Look for more good news soon.
UP ON THACKER MOUNTAIN Visit the Thacker Mountain website to hear PB's live performance in October 2019 and stream PB's 2016 visit to the Lyric Theater in Oxford during the Meridian Rising tour. Thanks to everyone on the staff for their hospitality and to the ghost of William Faulkner for the postcard sent from home in 1978. Camp is great. The bugs are awful.
DAVID OLNEY Our dear and admired friend and colleague David Olney passed away suddenly during the 30A Festival in Florida. Our deepest condolences to his family and closest friends. David's album Predicting the Past featured the WPA Ballclub and it was just one of a dozen beautiful recordings made during a long career that earned admiration from Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Emmylou Harris. Check out all of David's incredible catalog.
WXNA WORK PROGRESS RADIO HOUR
Tune in to PB's Works Progress Radio Hour Wednesdays from 12-1pm (CST) streaming live on wxnafm.org and in Nashville at 101.5 FM. Featuring undiscovered music from around the world plus interviews like film director Amir Bar-Lev (Long Strange Trip), photographer Jim Herrington, Billy Bragg, and bassist and E Street Band co-founder, Garry Tallent. Check out the playlists
LOVING JIM RIDLEY Don't miss People Only Die of Love in Movies, the collected film writing of Jim Ridley. Jim's passing in 2016 left the Nashville community he championed heartbroken and his essay on Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg sums up our feelings of gratitude to have known his friendship."When I watch it now, it reminds me of the doorjamb in my grandmother’s house with my height marked in pencil over the years, or the dresser with my own children’s measurements notched along the edge. In it I see the person I was and the person I turned out to be, but the object itself will always be the same. It will wait, forever."
MISS THE MISSISSIPPI AND YOU Ken Burns' Country Music documentary is showing on NPT Passport. If you've missed it, put down the phone, get some chicken & dumplings, and gander at Episode 1 featuring the Carter Family and the Blue Yodeler, Jimmie Rodgers. Until a major JR documentary comes along, this will serve as the best introduction to the strange and miraculous tale of the vagabond turned proto rock star who set a new course for American music.
Don't miss PB & WPAs Meridian Rising which imagines the life of Jimmie Rodgers and features a galaxy of legends from Nashville and beyond including Billy Bragg, Jon Langford, Richard Bennett, Fats Kaplin, Tim O'Brien, William Tyler, and Garry Tallent of the E Street Band. Stream it at Rolling Stone, read the NPR feature, and visit our tent shows below where all is revealed.