Thursday, November 10, 2011
Mickey Newbury--An American Trilogy
Some writers and singers, like John Stewart, go mainly unrecognized by the mainstream. . .further example: Mickey Newbury.
This is the song he is probably best known for--actually, to be exact, an arrangement he is best known for. How anybody can hear this and not reflect on what we once were as a country is beyond me. .in so many ways. . ."Look away, look away. Look away, Dixieland. . ." . . .how he reinvented an entire song! And, at a time when the civil rights movement was hot and heavy, . . .he showed. . .songs aren't bad. . .songs aren't evil. . .songs are not the problem. . .
There is real musical history to be learned about the opening of The Bitter End West on Santa Monica Blvd.. . . .November 28, 1970. . .coming around again. . .41 years ago. . .in the audience that night--Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Mama Cass, and Odetta.
. . .and after Dixie. . .he segued into The Battle Hymn of the Republic. . .finishing off the trilogy with All My Trials. . .reportedly, when he finished, you could hear a pin drop. . .
. . .to learn more about Mickey. . .head this way. . .
. . .it should be available at most independent record stores. . .or your public library. . or, if necessary. . .Amazon. . .under $40 for the 4-disc set. . .money well spent. . .
the above information was all contained in the booklet with the CDs and I am indebted to Chris Campion for the article. . .