Tag Archives: John Hiatt

Must Watch: ACL Presents–Americana Music Festival 2012

It is hard to pick my favorite moment from the Americana Music Festival 2012, which recently aired on PBS (and can still be viewed here).

Watch ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012 on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

The festival was hosted by Jim Lauderdale (who also performed with Buddy Miller). Around the 30-minute mark Guy Clark captures your attention/breaks your heart with a tune dedicated to his late wife and creative collaborator Susana Clark (who died earlier this year). While Bonnie Raitt made Crazy Thing Called Love a hit, I have always considered it a John Hiatt song–so I was pleased as punch to see the two of them perform the song together. The best was saved for last, when all the performers joined together on The Weight, in tribute to the late Levon Helm.

Paying Tribute to Levon Helm As He Enters Final Cancer Stages

Today, Levon Helm’s daughter and wife (Amy and Sandy) posted the following message on his website:

Dear Friends,
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.

Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration… he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage…

We appreciate all the love and support and concern.

To celebrate him as he is still with us, I share a couple of things.

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A Blue Nile Cover: Andrea Corr’s Tinseltown in the Rain

So apparently recording artist Andrea Corr recently released a cover of The Blue Nile’s Tinseltown in the Rain. While I will not link to the reactions, some of The Blue Nile fanbase are disgusted with how she seemingly desecrated a great song. Some theorized that Paul Buchanan would be offended by the cover. I imagine Buchanan and the other Blue Nile members are quite happy (I believe they share writing credits on the songs) with whatever royalties they might receive from Corr’s sales. I am reminded of what John Hiatt has often said of Bonnie Raitt‘s cover of his song, Thing Called Love–his royalties from her sales of that song paid for his children’s college education.

I actually like the cover musically, though find the video a bit childish (I imagine the video is targeted toward dramatic teenagers, not guys in their early 40s, though…)

Discovered: Lovett with Clark, Ely and Hiatt on ACL

Whenever I talk to folks about seeing Lyle Lovett live, quite often I hear about the joint shows he has done with fellow songwriters Guy Clark and Joe Ely, spoken about in reverential tones. So when I stumbled across this episode of Austin City Limits with all three plus John Hiatt, I had to link to it.

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Speaking of Cayamo, NPR’s World Cafe Was There

I had forgotten that NPR’s World Cafe recorded a great many of the Cayamo 2010 artist performances. They rebroadcasted the Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle episode a few weeks back.

And back in April they aired a week’s worth of Cayamo performances, including Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller; Ben Taylor and Stephen Kellogg; and started out the week with my favorite Cayamo musician–John Hiatt–and Robert Earl Keen (plus in the same episode a non-Cayamo spotlight on the oh so great Sam Phillips).

Sarah Sample on Her Music

Sarah Sample
Sarah Sample

Singer/songwriter Sarah Sample has a subtle, yet impressive presence. The first time I saw Sample was not on a stage, it was on an elevator in the Norwegian Dawn (cruise ship) during the second day of Cayamo 2010. She boarded a crowded elevator in the midst of a conversation with another group. Just as quickly as she was engaged in discussion with them, she just as easily brought my wife and myself into the conversations. Not surprisingly she’s just as engaging on stage and with her music in general. After her performance with Darrell Scott on the cruise, I spoke with her briefly and she agreed to do this email interview. We got a chance to discuss her music and her affinity for in-house concerts. Before getting to the questions, consider some of the influences that Sample lists at her Facebook fan page: “Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Josh Ritter, Paul Simon, The Weepies, Emmylou Harris, Ray LaMontagne, Shawn Colvin…” My thanks to Sample for the interview.

Tim O’Shea: Can you breakdown the process of how you ended up as a performer on the Cayamo 2010 cruise–by winning the Concerts in Your Home (CIYH)/Cayamo contest?

Sarah Sample: I went on the Cayamo Cruise as a listener last year. My experience being on the boat as a listener was filled with beautiful memories of incredible musical moments; and at the same time it was hard to be a singer/songwriter and not be able to perform. This year I saw that CIYH was doing a contest where you could submit a video performance of a house concert, and the winner got to be an artist on Cayamo 2010. I play a lot of house concerts, so I selected a video of a song called ‘Mercy Me‘ and sent it in. When I got the call that I had won, I started jumping up and down in the kitchen. Really big dream come true.

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Oh It’s A Good Tuesday for Music

I knew it was gonna be a good Tuesday for music, what with new releases from Peter Gabriel and John Hiatt.

And then Claire Small (who I interviewed back in January) gave me get a listen to the title track for her upcoming release, How Do You Like Love?–due out on May 18, 2010.

I’m not trying to make everyone jealous, by the way, actually she’s made it available for everyone to download for free. Just go to her site and enjoy.

Calming Down from Cayamo 2010 Fun

Sorry for the blog silence for the past several days. My professional and personal life got quite busy just prior to going on Sixthman‘s Cayamo Cruise 2010 from February 21 to 26.

I was hoping to see a few shows on the first day of the cruise, but even I was surprised I was able to work five concerts into one day. I was banking on getting to see Katie Herzig and Emmylou Harris in concert on the first day–but I lucked out and was able to see John Hiatt, Edie Carey and Darrell Scott perform as well.

Ultimately, when all was said and done–I actually saw Hiatt perform four separate times over the course of the cruise. There are numerous other artists I got to see and learn about for the first time. A few of them, I really hope (can’t promise) to be able to interview in the coming months. If nothing else, I hope to interview folks at Sixthman, who organized the cruise.

And if I’m lucky, I’ll get to go to Cayamo 2011. But for right now, I am grateful for getting to be part of Cayamo 2010.