Spindale Cycle™

Mondays at 8pm

A classic album played in its entirety, because some albums are meant to be played all the way through. (Regrettably, due to Recording Industry Association of America restrictions, The Spindale Cycle is not available online)

Music critic Thom Jurek refers to it as "the Live at the Fillmore East of redneck Texas folk-rock".  Recorded at the Luckenback Dancehall with his Gonzo Band in August 1973 and released 40 years ago this week, Viva Terlingua has some great covers from Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard ("Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother") along with some of Walker's best originals (except maybe "Mr. Bojangles"). 

This '72 album is truly "Dedicated To a Brother: Duane Allman", and captures the band both shortly before Duane's untimely death in October of '71, and with some choice recordings made by the surviving members in the following months.   Somehow, they were able to not only come back together and continue hittin' the note, but put together some of their strongest material, in loving tribute to Gregg's, and the rest of the band's, brother.  Celebrate Duane's birthday this week. 

Is he a jazz artist?  Is he a blues singer?  Is he a singer-songwriter?  Yes.  And it really shouldn't matter whether he's one or all of the above, but this "category problem" has unfortunately meant that not enough people are familiar with the great Mose Allison.  We have his 1976 album, which oddly was his only one between '73 and '81, for your Monday night as we celebrate his birthday. 

We celebrate the birthday of one of Americana's best songwriters this week with Guy's 2nd album, from 1976.  This one features an all-star cast of guests, including Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell -- all together on the same chorus, even! Johnny Gimble, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Tracy Nelson are here too.  If Guy's skills as a top tier ballad writer weren't already established, they are with with this classic.  "Take me to a barroom driver/Set me on a stool/If I can't be her man, I'm damned/If I'll be her fool." 

Monday Night October 28th at 8pm: LOU REED - New York

Oct 28, 2013

We are sad to learn of the passing of Lou Reed this past weekend.  He was 71.  Reed fronted The Velvet Underground, whose late '60's albums provided a counterpoint to the "Summer of Love"-flavored and AM-oriented releases of the era.  The V.U. alone would have cemented his status as a rock 'n roll icon, but his solo career that followed brought many more dimensions to his legendary status of rebellious songwriter, musician, and singer.  His 1989 ode to his hometown kicks off an evening and week filled with Lou Reed.