Shelby Lynne : A long and winding road leading to artistic fulfillment

Shelby Lynne was destined to be a singer. Born a singer. She was raised in rural Alabama by musical parents who stressed individuality and the importance of standing apart from others. Lynne was born Shelby Lynne Moorer in Quantico, Virginia, in 1968 and spent most of her childhood in Jackson, Alabama. Her father was a … Continue reading Shelby Lynne : A long and winding road leading to artistic fulfillment

Townes Van Zandt one of America’s greatest songwriters was born today.

Townes Van Zandt one of America’s greatest songwriters was born today.  He would have been 72, but left this world in 1997, far too early. If to live is to fly, as Townes Van Zandt would warble, then he himself, to quote from his devout admirer Willie Nelson, was an angel flying too close to … Continue reading Townes Van Zandt one of America’s greatest songwriters was born today.

Lucinda’s Louisiana Ghosts : Highway 20

One year after the release of her double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Lucinda Williams has released another record. The Ghosts of Highway 20 (February 5th), which focuses on a region which I know well.  Having grown up in Shreveport, Louisiana, I-20 (which Lucinda calls a highway) runs right through my home … Continue reading Lucinda’s Louisiana Ghosts : Highway 20