Bruce on Songwriting – BBC Radio 2


This rock-doc was aired on the BBC on Jan 24th this year, the tracks played during the show have been removed just leaving the chat

The legendary Bruce Springsteen opens up like never before, discussing the ins and outs of his songwriting techniques, in this interview conducted at his New Jersey home.

Among the many topics touched on in this wide-ranging programme are Bruce’s hopes for the Obama era in America, his thoughts on the recent death of long time band member Danny Federici, the influence that his childhood still has on his work today and why he thinks American supermarkets are hotbeds of lust.

This intimate hour-long programme portrays The Boss circa 2009, with both a new album and another chapter of his life in the can.

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The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin

Updated Feb 2014
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It’s received some great reviews and rightly so, leading to it being snapped up by Nonesuch / Bella Union for a US / UK release later this month, you can get the album from the bands website here, along with their second album “What the Crows Brings”, their self titled debut is unfortunately out of print, if you know were I get my hands on a copy let me know would love to hear it.
 
There is also a limited edition 7″ vinyl single that you can buy through End of the Road records in the UK, or direct from the bands website.
 
The CD liner notes tells us how the album was recorded in “the ghostly stillness of Block Island” and a couple of google clicks tells me it it looks like a perfect place to go relax and enjoy the best that mother nature has to offer, you can feel this in the songs, wonderful melodies and fantastic instrumentation blend together with the vocals to produce a gorgeous Americana album. The re-issue is going to be re-mastered too, very tempted to buy this on vinyl.
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Not convinced, check out the reviews here or in Uncut’s July edition where the album scoops the best of the month award.
 
Paste have a nice live studio vid to watch, here
 
The tracks below are from the bands performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage in April, and given Darwin himself was born just a few miles up the road from me and it’s the bicentenary of his birth it’s fitting “his” track appears in this set.
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Steve Earle – CBC Canada Interview

“The Canadian late night talk show the Hour has a great interview with Steve Earle. Earle talks about making his career and his newest release Townes, a tribute to his mentor Townes Van Zandt and recounts some great stories with his time with Townes. The snake wrangler story is worth the watch!”
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Hayes Carll – Mountain Stage Feb 09

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Have a great quartet of songs in todays post, lifted from a NPR show Hayes recorded in Feb of this year it features four of Hayes’ best songs, including the AMA 2008 Song of the Year, She Left Me For Jesus and the fantastic Bad Liver & a Broken Heart written by Scott Nolan.

All of the tracks can be found on Hayes last album “Trouble in Mind”, if you like the stage banter I recommend listening to the full show over at NPR, complete with Hayes’ wisecracks.

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I’ve Got a Gig
She Left Me for Jesus
Bad Liver & a Broken Heart

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