For One Night Illegally – The History of the Bootleg

For one night only

 

There was a great show on Radio 4 recently , some interesting facts and a brief history of “Bootlegs”, a great listen for anyone who’s love of music verges on the obsessive.

“Writer and broadcaster David Hepworth charts the story of secret recordings, artist out-takes and demo tapes that make up the world of bootleg recordings, from Bob Dylan’s Great White Wonder in 1969 to the file sharing internet sites of the 21st century, via the Beatles, the Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Sex Pistols and Led Zeppelin.David also talks to contemporary artists including Ryan Adams who have come to embrace the bootleggers, and hears from bootleggers of the 1960s and 70s who pitted their wits against security guards, the Feds and the record companies to get their unofficial releases out to the public”

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Or download and listen at your leisure here For One Night Illegally

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Jason Isbell & 400 Unit – NPR

Played this album to death since it’s release, it’s fast become one of my favourite releases of the last few years, it is that good. Jason and the band performed live at NPR back in Feb in support of the record, performing seven of the eleven tracks, my favourite track “Good” didn’t feature, but it doesn’t take the shine of this great set.
NPR Quote

“His new album, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, finds him completing his transformation from supporting player to frontman. A warm and gritty country-soul album, the disc showcases Isbell’s confident songwriting while referencing vintage soul and country”

The tracks sound as good live as they do on record, if you don’t own this album yet, you’re missing out.
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May Day

That time of year already, Spring has sprung, time to dust of the pole for a dance, tea and cake at the local May Fair, most of Europe is off today, it’s after all May Day on the 1st of the month, not for us Brits though we’ll persevere until Monday for our day-off (well some of us anyway), so here’s my May related picks from the vault.

From his excellent Revelation album ,here’s Devil May Dance by AJ Roach (buy)
From Jonathan Byrd, May the River Run Dry, his album The Law & the Lonesome should be in your collection,

“Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt meet on the high plains and tell ghost stories. Stark, gorgeous production by Chris Bartos in Toronto. Destined to be a classic”

Jeffrey Foucault has a great tribute album out at the moment featuring the songs of John Prine (more of him to follow another day), here’s a track from his earlier release Stripping Cane
And finally some good old country from Robbie Fulks, from his The Very Best Of album
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