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Gimme a Holler

2018.03.29

I’ve been listening these days to the album Nashville by Bill Frisell.

Xavier Fort, a great guitar player and friend of mine introduced me to this album a year ago. Released on 1997, I’d say is a very personal approach to country music from the point of view of a jazz performer like Bill Frisell is.

The point on this album is that Frisell’s counterpart is Jerry Douglas on a square-neck resonator guitar. That’s the key for me, two different styles and two different sounds. Both awesome musicians.

This is the song which opens the album and one of my favourites: Gimme a Holler.

Freethinker

2017.05.16

It’s been almost twenty years since I saw that Mother Earth’s video. I saw it only once, in a catalan tv show called Sputnik. Loved it and I write the name of the band down in a piece of paper. That TV show was asome to discover new music which wasn’t mainstream. The problem was to get a CD from most of the artist. Moreover if you lived in a little town.

One day I was just looking in a local record store and found “The desired effect”. Couldn’t believe it! It was a live CD from Mother Earth! The following years I started to buy their CDs online. When they split, I keep on searching for news. There were some reunion gigs I obviously would have loved to attend, a rare recordings and b-sides CD I also bought, not many videos… I used to google for all of them at least once a year.

I bought all Matt Deighton’s solo albums which are also fantastic. I must admit I would have liked to write the kind of songs he does, every aspect of his music electric or acoustic is a source of inspiration.

Well, I said I discovered them twenty years ago and it wasn’t easy to get their recordings. Now everything is different, I currently have no CD player and all the music I listen to is from paid streaming services. I didn’t need to buy Matt’s latest electric project, “The family silver” (which is awesome!) it took me seconds to search for it on Google Play Music and click play.

Internet is also shortening distances in terms of comunication. The proof is that a few days ago I just needed to ask Matt Deighton on Twitter if he had a copy of the “Freethinker” video. A couple of days after, he uploaded it to YouTube… twenty years after I could watch it for the second time in my life.

This is awesome. Thanks Matt, Neil, Bryn and Chris for your music.