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Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone

by Nov 14, 2014(0) Comment

The is the sound of the Peace Train coming to a grinding halt. Cat Stevens, one of the 1970s’ most determinedly approachable, sweetly ingratiating folk singers, returns with the sparks-throwing title track from his forthcoming album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone. Yes, it’s an old prison blues song, memorably done by Leadbelly — and a damned cr...

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Music with message can still threaten status quo

Music with message can still threaten status quo

by Nov 14, 2014(0) Comment

I have, at times, lamented in my column the lack of contemporary politically aware music, but the Herbs concert last week was a reminder that, as well as providing some of the most memorable melodies in NZ music, their songs often made political statements. Nuclear testing in the Pacific, valuing children, identity and standing strong wer...

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Cat Stevens took 28 years off, then wowed us with this:Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf) is back to making music, and it’s amazing

Cat Stevens took 28 years off, then wowed us with this:Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf) is back to making music, and it’s amazing

by Nov 14, 2014(0) Comment

If you were a fan of Cat Stevens' original work, you'll be both surprised and pleased with the first song he's released in over 25 years. Vintage Cat Stevens folk music was the stuff lazy afternoons and rainy days were made of. It was music that you stoked up if you needed to chill the f*** out. Remember this….? Don't you feel more r...

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Dave Ray’s music celebrated with new release

Dave Ray’s music celebrated with new release

by Nov 14, 2014(0) Comment

When harmonica player Tony Glover put together a list of tunes to honor singer Dave Ray, he included several by Lead Belly, the folk and blues musician whose songs and work on the 12-string guitar captivated inspired legions, even if fame came only after his death. After all, any exploration of Ray's music begins with Lead Belly When Ray w...

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Celebrating Lead Belly, Official Exhibit Opening Event

Celebrating Lead Belly, Official Exhibit Opening Event

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On November 16, 2014, The GRAMMY Museum will open Lead Belly: A Musical Legacy to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of iconic Delta-Blues singer Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as "Lead Belly." Located on the Museum's third floor, this exhibit will offer visitors an in-depth look at his life and contributions he made to American Fol...

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