Tune up the guitar. Get the band back together. Pull out the thesaurus and rhyming dictionary. The State Tourism Board has announced a statewide songwriting contest:
The competition is open to those who were born or live in the state, can write lyrics as well as the music to accompany, and can perform [...]
Let’s try to clear out the notebook of some items I would like to have already posted. Some are not as fresh as others, I’m sorry to say.
This afternoon the 2010 recipients of the Pulitzer Prize were announced and a special citation was awarded to Country Music Icon Hank Williams.
From the Pulitzer Prize Board’s press release (.pdf):
The citation praises Williams for “his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a [...]
Pavo Magazine is doling out, one a day, its list of the twenty all-time greatest Birmingham songs (along with audio). We have only a few more days to go before they finish the list. “Tuxedo Junction,” sure, but how many of the rest do you know?
Check it out.
One day [...]
I suppose that campaign songs are largely from another era, but I still enjoy them and wish more candidates had them.
Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band have written and recorded “Luther for Attorney General Now.” It’s not quite on par with “Charlie on the M.T.A.” or the song Larry [...]
Billy Powell, keyboard player for southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, died last night. Powell was one of the survivors that of the plane crash that killed three members of the band in 1977, and he continued to play with the re-formed band.
Most Alabamians have a soft spot for the “Sweet Home Alabama,” [...]
I enjoyed the article in yesterday’s Press-Register from Sebastian Kitchen about the “group of lawmakers singing and playing country, rock and bluegrass music at the Goat Hill Tavern” on Wednesday nights. Being that it is a bi-partisan group, I wondered what blue or red songs they might include in their playlist. So here you go… [...]
I’ve seen unusual things in my life. But this video of the Finnish rock band the Leningrad Cowboys singing “Sweet Home Alabama” with the Soviet Red Army choir may take the prize.
Great fun here, though your mileage may vary.
Hat tip to Tim Lennox OFFair and [...]
The buzz goes on and on about AG Troy King’s recording with Johnny Cash. Reader Steve Elliott sent a link to his video on YouTube; Dana Beyerle picked up on the YouTube video in The Tuscaloosa News. (FWIW, you might read the Beyerle article before you decide if you want to click [...]
…or The Man in Back of the Man in Black.
Republican Attorney General Troy King re-wrote some lyrics and recorded a duet (kinda) with hard-living (and formerly-living) Johnny Cash. Distributed to about 25 friends and supporters as Christmas gifts, the recording recast Cash’s unreleased and unfinished version of “My Elusive Dreams.” The song was [...]
Clinton has his sax. Mike Huckabee has his guitar. Bobby Denton (D – Florence) is Alabama’s Singing Senator. Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft wrote “Let the Eagle Soar,” among other songs, and sang with Larry Craig and Trent Lott in “The Singing Senators.”
Now as the Parlor’s Daily News [...]