Here’s the thing that surprises me about Guy Clark’s song,Step Inside This House. Clark has never recorded it (as noted by Wikipedia). Here is the great Lyle Lovett performing it, at the White House for a songwriting/educational workshop for local kids, connected to the recent In Performance at The White House special.
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.
So back in November 2010, Austin City Limits said goodbye to its original studio of 36 years (to move into new digs). And they said goodbye with a Lyle Lovett show. I missed the broadcast of it last week, but fortunately it’s online now.
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.
So earlier today, I was perusing the LA Times music blog, Pop & Hiss. In particular, I enjoyed learning about Vevo in this piece written by Todd Martens. Much to my surprise, this was the first I had heard of Vevo.
Vevo, which launched last week, hopes to become the Hulu for online music videos. I’m of the era that grew up on MTV when it’s bread and butter was playing music videos, not wall-to-wall coverage of spring break vomit sessions or more recently, alleged reality shows structured to glorify year-round vomit sessions. So I welcome a chance to watch online music videos.
Clearly and understandably, this online platform is targeting consumers far younger than myself (Honestly I have no idea who Kid Cudi is…). But it is also offering videos that I would enjoy, for example, check out this Lyle Lovett 1987 classic, If I Had a Boat. I’ve never seen this video, which intersperses interviews of elderly men with stories that have tangential connections to the lyrics.