Five for Friday: Rodney Crowell

I love songwriters. Their ability to tell a story in just a few minutes is something. Rodney Crowell is one of the best.

It Ain’t Over Yet with Rosanne Cash & John Paul White

Oh King Richard

The Long Journey Home

It’s Such a Small World with Roseanne Cash

Oh, What a Beautiful World

Five for Fridays: Rhiannon Giddens

One of the delights of watching Ken Burns’ Country Music was discovering the wonderful Rhiannon Giddens. Listen to these five songs and see if you don’t agree.

Last KInd Words

Wayfaring Stranger

At the Purchaser’s Option

Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind

She’s Got You (the Patsy Cline hit)

Five for Friday: Blind Willie McTell

Here’s four by a blues master and one by Bob Dylan telling his tale.

Dying Crapshooters Blues by Blind Willie McTell

Broke Down Engine Blues by Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie McTell by Bob Dylan

Little Delia by Blind Willie McTell

Statesboro Blues by Blind Willie McTell

Five for Friday: Duet

This Friday I want to celebrate duets, especially one duet, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. It would not seem to work but it does. Two great musicians from different musical genres. It worked with Luciano Pavorotti and James Brown. Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin fame) and Alison Krauss (from the bluegrass genre) have turned out to produce two outstanding albums. And the songs are timeless. What a happy occasion.

Quattro (World Drifts In)

Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us (A tribute to the the great Sister Rosetta Tharpe)

Killing the Blues

Through the Morning, Through the Night (written by Gene Clark)

Polly Come Home (also written by Gene Clark)

Five for Friday: Ella

Ella Fitzgerald was some singer. I’m not sure there will ever see her like again. Here’s five favorites.

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered

Little Girl Blue

Old McDonald

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong