Cover of a megahit (audio NSFW) that questions (and provides sensible alternatives to) our culture’s obsession with fashion.
To celebrate Nate and Jo making it to the Mississippi, I pulled together some river songs from the late great John Hartford. (Keep up with Nate and Jo’s adventures on Chasing 70.)
While I’ve been a big fan of the late great Hartford since I was a tot watching The Glen Campbell Show (faves include I’m still here, Aereo Plain, Tall Buildings, Joseph’s Dream and this reggae classic), it’s his river songs that always grabbed me and made me imagine that I’m on the trip that Nate and Jo are on today.
- Julia Belle Swain
- Miss Ferris
- Long Hot Summer Day
- Let Him Go On Mama
- Steamboat Whistle Blues
- Watching the River Roll By
- Midnight on the Water
- Steamboat Capt. John Hartford
Nate on the river (right).
Comment on progressive podcast I listened to today, to the effect of: The only brave thing you can say in music today is that Molly Cyrus did a decent cover of a Dylan song. Featured on Amnesty International’s Chimes of Freedom project.
I’ll admit that I had never heard of Doc Watson until 1972’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken. I still have the 3-LP collection in the attic somewhere, though I bet the grooves in Tennessee Stud are worn smooth. Later I discovered some of his earlier work, and even had the blessing of hearing him live in 2006. So many notes so tastefully rendered. So many stories so lovingly told. You will be missed, Doc.
An early version of his signature song.
Though rare, I loved Doc on the banjo. Pretty sure this song was the inspiration for my daughter’s name.