Growing up in Troy, Alabama, a small city about two hours south of Birmingham, where he currently lives, James often heard “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” side by side with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and other songs of Southern pride. “You can’t be from the South and not,” he says. “People take that song as their anthem. When people had songs as their ringtone, I remember that being one.” (He notes one irony: “They had no idea Robbie Robertson was Canadian. If they had, they would’ve hated it! People are just ignorant.”) … [Read more...] about Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed?
Jfk 50 years later
But there was damage to some of those 8,000 rejected wannabes. According to the Times, True had tried to tell them: “If I don’t call your number later, it doesn’t mean we don’t think you’re talented. It doesn’t mean I don’t like ya.” Years later, however, a generation of red-haired lounge performers still was stewing about the audition, and wistfully singing “Tomorrow” in aging fern bars. … [Read more...] about For ‘Annie’ Or The Vice Presidency, Auditions Try The Nerves
2016 was a particularly rough year when it came to celebrities passing away. But just because we've entered a new year doesn't mean death has been put on hold. George Kosana, who made his feature film debut playing Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, has died at the age of 81. While his untimely demise was reported by a number of outlets today, the actor's longtime friend John Russo, who co-wrote Night of the Living Dead with George A. Romero, broke the news in a Facebook post yesterday. Here's what the writer had to say in his statement. … [Read more...] about George Kosana, Night of the Living Dead Sheriff, Passes Away at 81
“Having a good time being a guest does not necessarily have anything to do with the experiences of the employees,” Bloom said in a Twitter thread. “I’m not saying this to put anyone on blast, I just wanted to offer my POV as someone who’s had the amazing fortune to experience both worlds.” … [Read more...] about Jay Leno Backs Ellen DeGeneres Amid Show’s Toxic Workplace Allegations; Rachel Bloom, Ashton Kutcher and Diane Keaton Weigh In
Valley of Search mined a sort of post-post-Coltrane sound, built around catchy, exuberant themes, tempestuous improvisation, and quasi-ritualistic touches (mystical chants, tambourine accents) reminiscent of slightly earlier LPs by Pharoah Sanders. The Fire Still Burns, recorded last fall at the National’s upstate New York studio Long Pond, tightens the focus without sacrificing the unbridled energy of its predecessor. “Home” starts out with an arresting theme, played by Braufman on alto sax and rising star James Brandon Lewis on tenor, as the rhythm section — Cooper-Moore, bassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Andrew Drury — skillfully builds tension. Then, around the one-minute mark, Drury kicks into an elastic yet driving backbeat that gives the tune a righteous gospel-meets-R&B feel. Roof-raising solos follow from the leader, who’s maintained his blend of poignant melody and fiery urgency, and Lewis, who matches Braufman’s fervor and digs … [Read more...] about Seventies Jazz Survivor Alan Braufman Shows His Fire Still Burns on ‘Home’