Tuesday, February 25, 2014

tunes on tuesday 2-27: nickel creek, carolina chocolate drops, simon & garfunkel, pierre bensusan, joe walsh with daryl hall

Tunes on Tuesday is a fun new project. Each week I'll try to bring you five videos or audio files, each one focusing on a song, group or collaboration that just might pique your interest! If you have someone for possible spotlight then shoot me a private e-mail and we'll give it a listen. Hope you enjoy Tunes on Tuesday! 

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Due to be released on April 1st: the much anticipated new album A Dotted Line from Nickel Creek! Chris Thile, and siblings Sara and Sean Watkins reunite after a 7 year hiatus to bring us more of their musical magic. Playing together since they were youngsters, this album and supporting tour mark their 25th anniversary.

Two songs from the new album: here is Chris featured on Love of Mine...

...and Sara featured on Destination.


The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a string band from Durham, NC that came together in 2005 after attending a Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, NC. They earned a Grammy in 2010 in the American Folk Album category and just added to their busy touring schedule, a slot at this year's Bonnaroo Festival.

It was hard to decide which Carolina Chocolate Drops song to share. There are so many good ones and the styles vary so, but Rhiannon Giddens voice just soars in this favorite of mine, so here is Leaving Eden, from an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry last year.

Learn more and hear more at www.carolinachocolatedrops.com.


Recorded and released in 1966, Simon & Garfunkel's Hazy Shade of Winter reached the #13 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 list. This is one of S&G's harder hitting songs and one that is still being covered today. The Bangles recorded a harder, edited version in 1987 and since then punk-pop, thrash metal, psyche-rock, darkwave covers have been released by other bands around the world. To me, the original folk-rock version from 1966 hits home.



Pierre Bensusan is a French Algerian guitarist you'll definitely want to look into. I first heard Pierre's amazing guitar back in 1979 when I discovered his album, Près de Paris. He released this album, the first of eleven, when he was just 18 years old. It's hard to classify his style, because you can hear celtic, jazz, world, new-age and folk influences throughout. His creative use of DADGAD tunings and his amazing talent will carry you away! You can learn a whole lot more about Pierre at pierrebensusan.com.


Joe Walsh with Daryl Hall doing Rocky Mountain Way. Need I say more? I just dare you to stay still during this amazing jam!

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Tracey said...

My father introduced me to
Simon & Garfunkel when I was young, I've loved them ever since!

I'm Sara. said...

Thank-you for sharing all of these! We looooove Nickel Creek!