Posted by themusicsover on December 29, 2012
December 30, 1938 – December 29, 2012
Mike Auldridge was a much respected master of the resophonic guitar, or as it is more commonly known, the dobro. Born in Washington, DC, Auldridge began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He eventually transitioned to the dobro, but didn’t began playing music full-time until he was around 40, when the Washington Star-News closed its doors. He had had been earning his living as a graphic artist for the paper. In 1971, Auldridge c0-founded the Seldom Scene with a handful of musicians he jammed with each week. The band, much to the chagrin of traditionalists, married bluegrass with jazz, folk, and rock. By doing so, they were pioneers of progressive bluegrass, or what they called “acid grass,” which has been popularized by such jam bands as String Cheese Incident. As an in-demand session player, Auldridge played on records by Bill Monroe, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, and many more. During the ’90s, he played in Chesapeake with former members of the Seldom Scene. Over the course of his career, Auldridge was awarded a Grammy as well as numerous other accolades, and in 2012, he was named a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow. Mike Auldridge was 73 when he died of cancer on December 29, 2012.
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Posted in Bluegrass, Folk, Musician | Tagged: Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Electric Light Orchestra, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Mike Auldridge, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, The Seldome Scene | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on June 27, 2012
1939 – June 27, 2012
With Guy Clark
Susanna Clark was a Texas-born songwriter and artist. She was also the longtime wife, muse, and occasional song character of fellow songwriting great, Guy Clark. A one-time art instructor herself, Clark’s paintings have appeared on album covers for the likes of her husband (Old No. 1), Emmylou Harris (Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town), and Willie Nelson (Stardust). As a songwriter, she either wrote or co-wrote songs that were recorded by Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter, Jessi Colter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Miranda Lambert. The Clarks married in Nashville in 1972, and opened their home to friends for jams and master songwriting classes of sorts. Regular guests included Townes Van Zandt, Crowell, and Earle. In poor health in recent years, Susanna Clark passed away on June 27, 2012. She was 73.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the assist.
Posted in Americana, Country, Songwriter | Tagged: Carlene Carter, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jessi Colter, Miranda Lambert, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Susanna Clark, Townes Van Zandt | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on May 17, 2012
Donna Summer (Born LaDonna Gaines)
December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012
Donna Summer was a world-renowned American R&B singer who hit her stride during the disco era. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Summer, with her mezzo-soprano vocal range, needed very little studio trickery for her vocals. Coming of age in Boston during the early ’60s, Summer spent countless hours listening to records by and imitating the likes of the Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas. By then she had already been singing in church gospel groups. As the ’60s rolled on, Summer discovered the powerhouse vocals of Janis Joplin, who, along with the early girl groups, influenced her own singing. Upon hearing Joplin sing on her Big Brother and the Holding Company records, she decided that’s what she wanted to do, so she joined her first band as lead singer, the psychedelic rock outfit, Crow. That brought her to New York City where she focused on Broadway. Her first role of significance was in the European company of Hair!. In 1975, Summer cut her first record, “Love To Love You Baby,” which although banned by most American radio stations due to its raw sexuality, became an instant smash in Europe. From there it was a deal with Neil Bogart’s Casablanca Records who began pumping an extended version of the song to underground discos and Summer’s massive gay following was born. She went on to release several albums that helped define the disco era and became the first artist to have three consecutive #1 albums that were two-record sets. During the ’80s, Summer broke away from disco by adding a more rock sound to her records, and even though she had tracks on the soundtracks for the blockbuster films, Flashdance and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the decade was not terribly kind to her. She continued to make records well into the 2000s – some faring better than others, but for the most part were very well received. Throughout her career, Summer was recognized with five Grammy awards (17 nominations), three multi-platinum albums, 11 gold albums, an NAACP Image Award, and six American Music Awards. Her songs have been covered (or sampled) by Sheena Easton, David Guetta, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and many more. Donna Summer passed away after a long struggle with cancer on May 17, 2012. She was 63.
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Posted in Disco, R&B, Singer | Tagged: Big Brother And the Holding Company, Crow, David Guetta, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Emmylou Harris, Janis Joplin, Madonna, Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Bogart, Sheena Eason, The Supremes, Whitney Houston | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on December 18, 2011
January 25, 1934 – December 18, 2011
Warren Hellman was a successful private equity investor whose Hellman & Friedman rose to become a multi-billion dollar firm. He was also a philanthropist and music junkie who founded AND funded San Francisco’s popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. A banjo player himself, Hellman launched the Golden Gate Park event in 2001 to an audience of just 13,000. Since then, it has swelled to be one of the world’s greatest music events, drawing as many 500,000 each year over two days. And the best part, it is FREE to attend as Hellman’s gift back to the city. The inaugural festival presented just four acts on the main stage and another five on its second. Performers included Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Hazel Dickens. The 2011 event hosted over 100 performers including Chris Isaak, Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Steve Earle, Robert Plant, and Del McCoury. Warren Hellman was 77 when he died from complications of leukemia on December 18, 2011. Hellman reportedly left a trust fund to finance future festivals.
Do yourself a favor and attend Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival next year!
Posted in Musician | Tagged: Alison Krauss, Bright Eyes, Chris Isaak, Del McCoury, Emmylou Harris, Hazel Dickens, Robert Plant, Steve Earle, Warren Hellman | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on August 26, 2011
March 7, 1952 – August 26, 2011
Liz Meyer was an American born guitarist, singer, and songwriter who ultimately settled in the Netherlands and became one of the Europe’s most respected bluegrass artists. Born and raised in Washington DC, Meyer moved to the Netherlands in 1985. Over the course of her career, she released numerous albums and had her songs recorded by the likes of Del McCoury, Emmylou Harris, and Laurie Lewis. She was a tireless champion of the European bluegrass scene and produced upwards of 30 albums for others over the years. Her most recent album, The Storm features some of bluegrass and folk’s biggest names – Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, and Stuart Duncan to name a few. Liz Meyer was 59 when she died on August 26, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
Posted in Bluegrass, Folk, Musician, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Bela Fleck, Del McCoury, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Laurie Lewis, Liz Meyer, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan | Leave a Comment »