Wage war against the Robots who are taking over our music
The time is coming fast when the only living thing around a motion picture house will be the person who sells you your ticket. Everything else will be mechanical. Canned drama, canned music, canned vaudeville. We think the public will tire of mechanical music and will want the real thing. We are not against scientific development of any kind, but it must not come at the expense of art. We are not opposing industrial progress. We are not even opposing mechanical music except where it is used as a profiteering instrument for artistic debasement.
The brilliant Withered Hand has a new single out on the awesome Fence records. The a-side Heart Heart is an old number which was played on a radio session couple of years back, but great nonetheless. For me however, the first b-side is a new classic…
(is this the best Bob Dylan cover ever? I’m not sure, but it is very very good and my favourite track from yesterday)
Maxine Weldon was an American soul and jazz singer. She recorded two full-lengths in 1970-71 with members of The Jazz Crusaders, including Right On from which this was taken, and Some Singing in 1974 which was probably her most successful. She’s toured more recently with the revue Wild Women Blues. More here and on her website. Brilliant.
(Awesome photograph by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine, 1955)
Tennessee Ernie Ford - Feb 13, 1919 - 1991 - an American singer and television host who enjoyed major success with his Country and Western, pop, and gospel records, best remembered for his 1955 hit ‘Sixteen Tons’