Saturday, February 28, 2009

Alison Krauss

This lady has perhaps the most beautiful voice in music these days. Be it Country or Blue Grass, Irish or Spirituals, Classical or Rock she can sure deliver. I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her. She is also one heck of a fiddle player too!

Here is a collection of her works beginning with some of her Country and Blue grass pieces followed by excursions into to other genre. Then I offer a short documentary on the production of her recent collaboration with Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant followed by a number of fan videos from their concert tour this past fall.




Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Website

Direct links to the individual videos:
Sawing on the Strings

When You Say Nothing At All

The Lucky One

Missing You – with John Waite

Whiskey Lullaby


Ghost in This House


Baby Now That I Found You

Cluck Old Hen – with Sierra Hull

The Boxer - with Shawn Colvin & Jerry Douglas

Molly Ban – with The Chieftains

Slumber My Darling – with Yo Yo Ma

The Wexford Carol – with Yo Yo Ma

Behind the scenes, Robert Plant and Alison Krause – Raising Sand

The Battle of Evermore

Please Read the Letter

Trampled Rose

Black Country Woman

When the Levee Breaks

Black Dog

I’m In the Mood

Killing the Blues

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Joni Mitchell

Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the greatest song writers ever, Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell is indeed my favorite female performer.

With a start in the ‘60s folk scene she has had a long prolific carrier exploring not only the folk genre but jazz and rock as well. Whether singing a capella or accompanying herself on dulcimer or guitar, her sweet voice delivers songs of life and heartfelt tribulations. Although probably best known for her music she considers herself a painter first and musician second.

Tonight I offer a collection of live performances ranging from solo performances, collaborations with other artists and her full band. At the end is an interview from 2007 in which she discusses several of her projects of that time.




Direct links to the individual videos:


Cactus Tree

My Old Man

For Free

Big Yellow Taxi

Both Sides Now

Night Ride Home


Help Me

Long Black Veil – with Johnny Cash


The Circle Game


Free Man in Paris

Urge for Going


Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

The Fiddle and the Drum

Magdalene Laundries

Chelsea Morning

Raised on Robbery

Edith and the Kingpin

Just Like This Train

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Shadows and Light – with The Persuasions

Why do Fools fall in Love – with The Persuasions

Harry’s House

The Gallery

Trouble Man

Furry Sings the Blues

Goodbye Blue Sky – with Pink Floyd

How Do You Stop

Moon at the Window


Monday, February 9, 2009

SplashCast Reprieve

SplashCast, after an overwhelming response from its users, has relented. Although they will not be issuing any more new free memberships, they are preserving the free membership of those currently registered with the site.
Therefore I will not have to convert the existing videos in the SplashCast format. I will continue using the YouTube playlist format here due to its ease of use, but I will continue with SplashCast at my other blogs.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

John Butler Trio

Born in Torrance, California, John moved to Australia at the age of eleven. At the age of 16 he began to learn guitar and was rewarded with his grandfathers 1930s dobro.

By the middle of his first year at Perth’s Curtain University he released a cassette tape of his music. Studying to be an art teacher, he dropped out after the first year to pursue a career in music.

If it has strings, this guy can play it. A blend of acoustic and electric roots/jam these guys can really put on a show.

Tonight I start with all but 3 songs from their concert at Federation Square, Melbourne April 5th 2007 and finish with a number of other finds.





Direct links to the individual videos:



Fire in the Sky

Better Than

Used to get High

Gov Did Nothing

Losing You


Good Excuse

Peaches and Cream

Funky Tonight

Groovin’ Slowly – Fatherhood Festival

Devil Running – Perth Concert Hall

Treat Yo Mama – Wave Aid

Message in a Bottle

What You Want – Live Harmony in Bohn

Satisfy – Wercher Belgium

Wrong Way Going Down a One Way Road – Unlisted Venue

Good as Gone – Unlisted Venue

Get Up Stand Up – Unlisted Venue

Take – Studio 22

Oldman - au Grand Rex

Company SinSydney Opera House


Nowhere Man – Rivera Theater, Chicago

SatisfyCoachella, CA.

Home is where the Heart is

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Splashcast Demise

Today, when I signed in to SplashCast to start a new show, I was greeted with the message that SplashCast was discontinuing the service I have been using for the last 13 months. I don't have time to download all of the shows I've created in that time period so I'm afraid they will be lost.

I will try to restore them if I can find another suitable service. In the meantime I'm afraid all of the shows in the "New Format" will be going dark.

PLEASE lend a hand - go to SplashCast and put in your 2 cents worth in the comment section at the bottom of this article!

Beyond that I'm not sure how I will continue this website. Posting individual videos as I did early on proved cumbersome for my viewers with slow connections as the page loading time was extensive. That is where SplashCast shined.

Ironic that I should find this on the 50th anniversary of The Day The Music Died!

Update: 2/4/09 My dear friend Agent 99 has given me a solution to this dilemma so I will continue this endeavor with the Youtube Playlist format. An example can be found here

Update #2: 2/5/09 It looks like Big Dan and I got SplashCast to reconsider. They are now giving us at least a 90 day reprieve with the possibility of a subscription type service. This should give me time to convert the SplashCast shows to the Youtube format without any interruptions or blackouts.